Faculty

Derik SmithDerik Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Literature, Chair, Africana Studies
PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Email: Derik.Smith@ClaremontMcKenna.edu
Profile: https://www.cmc.edu/academic/faculty/profile/derik-smith


Fazia AitelFazia Aitel
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Africana Studies
Ph.D. Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
Research Interests:  Francophone literature from Africa and especially North Africa; Berber studies; immigration in France; women’s writing in France and North Africa; African cinema; nationalism; postcolonial theory and globalization
Teaching Interests:  French language and literature; comparative literature
Email:  Fazia.Aitel@claremontmckenna.edu
Profile: https://www.cmc.edu/academic/faculty/profile/fazia-aitel


Ted BatholomewTed Bartholomew, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies
PhD. University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Research interests: Beliefs about mental illness and treatment, mental illness and suicide in Namibia, well-being and distress in US refugee communities, psychotherapy process and outcome, multicultural counseling, research methods
Teaching interests: Psychopathology, cross-cultural/cultural/multicultural psychology, research methods, practice and theory of psychotherapy
Email: tbarthol@scrippscollege.edu
Profile: https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/Ted-Bartholomew
Personal Website: https://tedbartholomew.wixsite.com/tbartholomew


Tia BlassingameTia Blassingame
Assistant Professor of Book Arts/ Scripps Press
Department: Art
MFA in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design
MA in Book Arts, Corcoran College of Art & Design
909 607-4089
Email: TBlassin@Scrippscollege.edu
Profile: https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/tia-blassingame
Published Works


Alicia BonaparteAlicia Bonaparte
Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
Research Interests:  Lay health practitioners; racial health disparities; teenage pregnancy and infant mortality; reproductive health rights and ethics
Teaching Interests:  Sociology of health and medicine; African American social theory; sociology of deviance
Email:  Alicia_Bonaparte@pitzer.edu
Profile: https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/alicia-bonaparte/
Published Works


 

Laura HarrisLaura Harris
Professor of English and World Literature, and Africana Studies
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Research Interests:  20th century African American literature and culture; feminist and queer
theory; Harlem Renaissance Studies; African Diaspora Studies; performance studies
Teaching Interests:  20th century African American literature and culture; feminist and queer
theory; Harlem Renaissance Studies;
Email:  Laura_Harris@pitzer.edu
Profile: https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/laura-harris/


Eric HurleyEric A. Hurley
Professor of Africana Studies and Psychology
Ph.D., Howard University
Research interests:  culture and minority education; communalism, verve, culture within and between global diasporas; group processes; interactions of race/ethnicity and culture
Courses/teaching interests: Culture and Human Development: African Diaspora, Psychology of the Black Experience, Introduction to Psychological Science. Senior Seminar in African Studies. Educational psychology.
Email: eric_hurley@pomona.edu
Profile: https://www.pomona.edu/directory/people/eric-hurley
Webpage:  https://www.hurleyeric.com/
Published Works


Amanda Lagji

Amanda Lagji
Assistant Professor of English and World Literature
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research interests: postcolonial literature, South African literature, contemporary Anglophone African fiction, time and temporality
Courses/teaching interests: Post-Apartheid Novels, Growing  Up Postcolonial, World Literature
Email: ALagji@pitzer.edu
Profile: https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/amanda-lagji/
Webpage: www.amandarwlagji.com
Published Works


Jessica Kizer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of California, Irvine
909 607.3374
Email: jessica_kizer@pitzer.edu
Profile: https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/jessica-kizer/


Mukasa MubirumusokeMukasa Mubirumusoke
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Mubirumusoke graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Emory University in 2017. Mubirumusoke’s research aims to describe the ethical experience and positionality of Blacks in a white supremacist America. He argues certain paradigms of western ethical thought miss the target as they are often deployed for Black Americans and, therefore, must be re-conceptualized—although not abandoned—to understand the aporetic tension of Blacks’ specific vulnerability and responsibility. More broadly, he is interested in the way diasporic Blackness, in terms of ethics, politics, aesthetics, and metaphysics, can be brought to bear upon canonical western thought. He has affiliate status with CMC philosophy.
Email: mmubirumusoke@cmc.edu
Profile: https://www.cmc.edu/academic/faculty/profile/mukasa-mubirumusoke
Published Works


 

Carolyn RatterayCarolyn Ratteray
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Masters of Fine Arts University of San Diego/The Old Globe
Research Interests:  Works in theatre, TV, and voiceover in the greater Los Angeles area
Teaching Interests:  Acting Technique and Scene Study, Improvisation, Shakespeare, TV & Film
Email:carolyn.ratteray@pomona.edu
Profile: https://www.pomona.edu/directory/people/carolyn-ratteray
Website: https://carolynratteray.com/


Rita RobertsRita Roberts
Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries African American history; Civil War era
Teaching Interests: Nineteenth century United States history; African American History
Email:  Rita_Roberts@scrippscollege.edu
Published Works


Marie Denise SheltonMarie-Denise Shelton
Professor of Modern Languages and Africana Studies
Ph.D.  University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:  Caribbean literature; Haitian literature; women writers; Modern French literature
Teaching Interests:  Modern French Literature; African & Caribbean literature and cinema; Caribbean society and culture
Email:  Marie-Denise.Shelton@claremontmckenna.edu


Darryl A SmithDarryl A. Smith
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies
Ph.D., Princeton University
Research Interests:  The art of living & sustainability; African diasporic thought; signification as spiritual practice; Pragmatism and Natural Piety; corporate polytheism and the psychology of immortal persons
Teaching Interests: Philosophy of religion; African American letters and theology; American Pragmatism theodicy and the problem of evil
Email:  Darryl.Smith@pomona.edu
Profile: https://www.pomona.edu/directory/people/darryl-smith


Maryan SolimanMaryan Soliman
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: African American history; Marxism; the black freedom movement; labor organizing; southern history
Teaching Interests: Black political thought; social movements; working-class dissent
Email:  msoliman@scrippscollege.edu
Profile: https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/maryan-soliman


Makhroufi Ousmane TraoréMakhroufi Ousmane Traoré
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Sorbonne-Paris IV
Research Interests:  Slavery in Africa, Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery, Imperialism and Colonialism in Africa, African Diaspora
Teaching Interests:  Early Modern Africa, Society and Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, Slavery in Africa, Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery Imperialism and Empire
Email:  makhroufi.traore@pomona.edu
Profile: https://www.pomona.edu/directory/people/makhroufi-ousmane-traore


Vanessa TysonVanessa Tyson
Assistant Professor of Politics and Africana Studies
PhD in Political Science, University of Chicago
Research Interests:  US Congress; Race, Ethnicity and Politics; US Domestic Policy; Sexual Violence; Inequality
Teaching Interests:  Black Americans and the Political System; Gender and Public Policy; Inequality and Public Policy; Environmental Policy
Email:  vanessa.tyson@scrippscollege.edu
Profile: https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/vanessa-tyson
Published Works


Sheila WalkerSheila Walker
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Cornell University
Research Interests:  Development of African American youth; identity; culture and cognition
Teaching Interests:  Child and adolescent development; race and ethnicity; cultural psychology; identity; psychology and Native Americans
Email:  Sheila_Walker@scrippscollege.edu
Profile: https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/sheila-walker
Published Works


Staff

Linda DeChaineAdministrative Coordinator: Linda DeChaine
Email: Linda_DeChaine@pitzer.edu


Office Assistants: Mara Burns, Antonio Gody, Ariel Lewis, Karease Williams


Emeriti Faculty

Dipannita Basu
Sociology and Africana Studies, Pitzer College

Gwendolyn Lytle
Professor of Music, Pomona College

Halford Fairchild
Psychology and Africana Studies, Pitzer College

Agnes M. Jackson
World Literature, Pitzer College

Sidney J. Lemelle
History and Africana Studies, Pomona College

Samella Lewis
Art and Art History, Scripps College

Dean McHenry
Politics, Claremont Graduate University