Our People

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William J. 
Maxwell

Professor of English and of African and African-American Studies
(On sabbatical '22-'23)
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Robin  
McDowell

Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies
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John 
Mundell

Postdoctoral Fellow, AFAS
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Sowande’​  
Mustakeem

​Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies
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​Mungai 
Mutonya

Teaching Professor in African and African-American Studies
Kenya Summer Program Coordinator
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​Shanti 
Parikh

Chair of African and African-American Studies
Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies
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​Timothy 
Parsons

​Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies
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Gabriel 
Peoples

Ford Foundation Fellow
Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University
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Michelle 
Purdy

Associate Professor of Education
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Educational Studies Affiliate Faculty, African and African-American Studies & Urban Studies
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Kelly 
Schmidt

Postdoctoral Research Associate, WashU & Slavery Project
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Samuel 
Shearer

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies
Faculty of Urban Humanities (On sabbatical '22-'23)
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Vetta  
Thompson

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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​Wilmetta 
Toliver-Diallo​

​Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences
Senior Lecturer in African and African-American Studies Director of the Senegal Summer Program Coordinator of the Washington University African Film Festival
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Rebecca 
Wanzo

Chair and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Professor of American Culture Studies
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Geoff 
Ward

Professor of African and African-American Studies
Faculty Affiliate in Sociology and American Culture Studies Director, WashU & Slavery Project, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2)
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Rafia 
Zafar

Professor of English, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies
Pronouns: she/her/hers