The Department of African American Studies faculty membership consists of three categories—primary, joint, and affiliate—and these classifications provide a framework for articulating the faculty members’ relationships, rights, and responsibilities to our intellectual community.  Collectively, the faculty provide a vibrant intellectual community through which we are able to deliver the curriculum and meet the department’s mission and learning objectives. 

Primary faculty are members whose full tenure-lines reside within the Department of African American Studies, and whose primary teaching responsibilities are to the department.  Primary faculty members have the opportunity to have a joint or affiliate faculty status with other units (departments, programs, schools) that align well with the mission and intellectual interests of those units.

Joint faculty are members of other units (departments, programs, schools) who also hold an appointment (either courtesy or shared) in the Department of African American Studies.  Both shared and courtesy joint faculty typically teach courses within the department, and typically enjoy the governance privileges and responsibilities accorded to faculty whose primary appointment resides within the Department. 

Affiliate faculty are members of other units (departments, programs, schools) whose research and/or teaching interests align well with the mission of the Department of African American Studies.  Both tenure-line and non-tenure line faculty constitute our affiliate and are important members of our intellectual community, and their courses often are cross-listed to help the department deliver its curriculum.

Primary faculty


Patterson Robert J. Patterson, Ph.D. 
Chair, Department of African American Studies
Associate Professor of African American Studies

Dr. Robert J. Patterson, the inaugural Chair of the Department of African American Studies, is an associate professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2019) and Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture (UVA Press, 2013), co-editor of The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2016), and editor of the forthcoming Black Cultural Production After Civil Rights (University of Illinois Press, Fall 2019). Currently, he is working on a book titled Black Equity, Black Equality: Reparation and Black Communities.

Dr. Patterson also has published articles on W.E.B. Dubois, Toni Morrison, African American Women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, civil rights, Tyler Perry’s films, slavery’s legacies, the film 12 Years a Slave, and rhythm and blues music and culture. Some of his work appears in South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Camera: an International Film Journal, Religion and Literature, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Writing, The Cambridge Companion to Civil Rights Literature, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. He co-guest edited a special edition of South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Literature, Black Leadership: New Boundaries, New Borders (112.2).  

Dr. Patterson’s teaching interests and courses mirror his research projects and he has taught a range of courses that examine black cultural production, racial politics, and the legacies of slavery.  

Dr. Patterson has worked with governmental agencies, school systems, and other organizations to develop solutions that increase diversity, cultivate inclusion, and provide equity of access and outcomes.  Dr. Patterson has collaborated with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to endow the Robert J. Patterson Scholarship Fund, which supports residents of Hartford, CT, who intend to pursue an undergraduate degree in African American Studies, social justice, the arts, or the humanities.

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Marcus Board, Jr., Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Dr. Marcus Board is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science, where he also earned an MA in 2011, and has a second MA in Social Sciences. Dr. Board earned his BA in Africana Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2007.

His current research uses neoliberalism and political behavior to make epistemological interventions with respect to domination and resistance. Specifically, Dr. Board conducts interdisciplinary and mixed methodological analyses of political attitudes and behaviors, with a particular emphasis on variations across race, class, and gender. His current book project deconstructs mass political protest behavior - most notably the Baltimore Uprising - in an effort to understand how cross-cutting influences lead to these methods of resistance, but more importantly, how these influences also shape political agendas to simultaneously reinforce domination even in such acts of resistance. Dr. Board’s future research will continue to make justice and power related interventions pertaining to neoliberalism, capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy - all while maintaining an emphasis on the ways cooptation can dominate in the absence of observable conflict.


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LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Ph.D. LMH
Professor of African American Studies

Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings is a Professor of African American Studies. Prior to Georgetown, she held appointments at the University of Maryland College-Park, Indiana University, and the University of Florida.  Her first book, Mutha' is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (Ohio State Univ. Press, 2007), critically engages folklore and vernacular theory, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine the representation of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women. She is also co-editor and contributing author to Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines (2011), which offers a critical analysis of street literature and its most prolific author. Her second book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2015), explores how black sexual cultures produce radical ideologies about labor, community, art, and sexuality. It has received the Alan Bray Memorial Award from the MLA GL/Q Caucus, the 2016 Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women's Studies from the Popular Culture Studies Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), and it was a 2016 Finalist for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ Studies.

She has also published essays in African American Review, South-Atlantic Quarterly, GLQ, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Journal of Bisexuality, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Black Camera, Obsidian III, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, CR: The New Centennial Review, Western Journal of Black Studies, Feminist Formations, MELUS, and numerous edited collections.

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Rosemary Ndubuizu, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Dr. Rosemary Ndubuizu is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. An interdisciplinary scholar who studies how housing policies are shaped by race, gender, political economy, and ideology, her manuscript-in-progress historically and ethnographically traces how low-income black women have been affected by post-1970s changes in public and affordable housing policies and advocacy. Her research project also examines the contemporary landscape of affordable housing policy and politics to better understand why low-income black women remain vulnerable to eviction, displacement, and housing insecurity in cities like the District of Columbia. Additionally, her work presents the organizing challenges low-income black women tenant activists in D.C. face as they organize to combat the city's reduction and privatization of affordable housing.

Dr. Ndubuizu's teaching interests include social policy, post-civil rights black politics, the black radical tradition including black feminism, social movements, the political economy of non-profits, and women of color feminisms.

Originally from Inglewood, CA, Dr. Ndubuizu relocated to the Bay Area to complete her undergraduate studies at Stanford University. In 2006, she moved to D.C. and eventually became a community organizer with Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC, a D.C.-based community organization that organizes long-time Washingtonians of color to campaign for more local and federal investments in affordable housing and living-wage jobs. In 2017, she completed her graduate studies at Rutgers University in the Women's and Gender Studies Department.

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Soyica Diggs Colbert, Ph.D. 
Professor, Department of African American Studies and Theater & Performance Studies

Dr. Soyica Colbert is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, Director of Theater and Performance Studies and an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2017). Dr. Colbert edited the Black Performance special issue of African American Review (2012) and co-edited The Psychic Hold of Slavery (Rutgers University Press, 2016). She is currently working on two book projects, Lorraine Hansberry: Artist/Activist and I See You: Blackness in Visual Culture and Performance Theory. Dr. Colbert has published articles in American Theatre, African American Review, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, Boundary 2, South Atlantic Quarterly, Scholar and Feminist Online, and Theatre Topics and in the collections: Black Performance Theory, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights, and August Wilson: Completing the Cycle. She is the recipient of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mellon Summer Research Grant, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship. Her research interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance.

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Hinkson Leslie Hinkson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Sociology and African American Studies

Dr. Leslie R. Hinkson is Assistant Professor of Sociology and has a courtesy joint appointment in African American Studies at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the areas of stratification and inequality, with an emphasis on the role and meaning of race across institutional contexts and its effect on educational, employment, and health outcomes.A graduate of the doctoral program in Sociology at Princeton University, she subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her health and medical related work focuses on race-based decision making by physicians and the role that race-based medicine plays within our broader system of healthcare delivery. Her edited volume, Subprime Health:Debt and Race in U.S. Medicineexplores the relationship between race-based medical interventions and debt as a means of revealing the unintended negative health and social consequences of the former.Her currently completed book manuscript focuses on the Department of Defense, the effects of integrated social networks on academic achievement, and what levels of school segregation reveal about racial attitudes in America.

Before completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University, Dr. Hinkson received her B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College and her M.S. in Urban Policy from the New School where she was aGraduate Fellow at the J.M. Kaplan Center for New York City Affairs. There, she conducted research on education policy, welfare reform, and workforce development and received an award for best Graduate Thesis. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Way of New York City, preparing policy briefs and organizational reviews for non-profit organizations in the fields of children and family services, workforce development, immigrant outreach programs, alternatives to incarceration programs, and community development. 

As a means of enhancing her academic research, Dr. Hinkson also engages in (successful) amateur sleuthing and (mediocre) fiction writing.

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Angelyn Mitchell, Ph.D.   
Associate Professor of English and African American Studies
Founding Director, African American Studies Program, 2003-2013 

Dr. Angelyn Mitchell is an associate professor in the Departments of English and African American Studies. Her teaching and research interests are in African American literary and cultural studies, African American Studies, race and representation, race and politics, African American music, African American history, slavery in the US, the American South, contemporary black women writers; gender and racial politics, Black Feminist Theory, Women's and Gender studies, and American Studies. She is a recipient of the Georgetown College Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015). 

Dr. Mitchell is an expert on the works and life of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. She has lectured nationally and internationally on Morrison's works and has conducted seminars for audiences ranging from high school teachers to international scholars. She is also a founding member and past officer of the Toni Morrison Society. 

Dr. Mitchell edited Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present (Duke UP, 1994), the first anthology to chronicle twentieth-century African American literary and cultural criticism. She is the author of The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, & Gender in Contemporary Black Women's Fiction (Rutgers UP, 2002), a study of novels written by black women about slavery. She is also the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Writing (Cambridge UP, 2009), a collection chronicling the literary history of Black women writers. 

She is currently completing a book entitled, Toni Morrison, Whiteness, and the Politics of Race. Her next book projects include: "Three Transformative Years: A Racial Biography of 1963, 1965, and 1968 and Performing Activism: Lena, Eartha, and Nina. 

Dr. Mitchell founded Georgetown University's African American Studies Program in 2003 and served as its first director from 2003-2013. She currently directs the Minority Mentoring Program, a program for Georgetown undergraduate students of color who are interested in becoming professors. 

She has served as a consultant and advisor for diversity training, inclusive teaching, and curricular reforms.

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Samantha Pinto, Ph.D.     
Associate Professor of English and African American Studies 

Dr. Samantha Pinto is Associate Professor of English and has a shared joint appointment in African American Studies at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on African, African American, postcolonial, and feminist studies. She received her Ph.D. in English from UCLA.  Her book, Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic (NYU Press, 2013), was the winner of the 2013 MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize for African American Literature and Culture.  Her work has been published in journals including MeridiansSmall Axe, and Atlantic Studies, and she has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the NEH.  Her second book, Infamous Bodies, on the relationship between 18th and 19th century black celebrity and human rights, is forthcoming from Duke University Press, and she has also edited a collection on new approaches to human rights and literature forthcoming from Palgrave.  She is currently at work on Under the Skin, a book on the intersections between race, gender, art, and medicine, as well as another book-length project that explores the role of feminist ambivalence in modern political and cultural institutions. 

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Affiliate Faculty