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Africana Studies Coordinator

Leslie Hadfield


2135 JFSB
(810) 422-8013

Executive Committee

Robert Colson

Associate Professor
Comparative Arts and Letters

3036 JFSB
(801) 422-1855

Ben Crookston

Associate Professor
Public Health
MPH Director

2137 LSB
(801) 422-3143

Aaron C. Eastley

Associate Professor

4119 JFSB
(801) 422-1695

Spencer James

Associate Professor
Family Studies

2095 JFSB
(801) 422-6682

Affiliated Faculty

Andrea Busby

Assistant Professor
School of Family Life

2083 JFSB

Carter Charles

Assistant Professor
French and Italian

270N JSB
(801) 422-2045

Rebecca DeSchweinitz

Associate Professor

2127 JFSB
(801) 422-1594

Ryan Gabriel

Associate Professor

2033 JFSB
(801) 422-3461

MacLeans Geo-Jaja

Educational Leadership and Foundations

306-P MCKB
(801) 422-6072

Jeff Glenn

Assistant Professor
Public Health

2032 LSB
(801) 422-9754

George Handley

Associate Director
Faculty Center Administrators

3770 C HBLL
(801) 422-7151

Christopher Jones

Assistant Professor

2109 JFSB
(801) 422-1838

Peter Leman

Assistant Professor

4117 JFSB
(801) 422-3383

Matthew Mason


2131 JFSB
(801) 422-3408

Kristin Matthews


4160 JFSB
(801) 422-5295

Liz McGuire

Assistant Professor
Political Science

780 KMBL
(801) 422-1866

Rex Nielson

Associate Professor
Spanish and Portuguese

3149 JFSB

Daren Ray

Assistant Professor

2117 JFSB
(801) 422-0510

Brian Roberts


4153 JFSB
(801) 422-1376

Jacob Rugh

Associate Professor

2030 JFSB
(801) 422-4466

Sherinah Saasa

Assistant Professor
Social Work

2173 JFSB
(801) 422-4687

Jonathan Sandberg

Family Life

266 TLRB
(801) 422-6512

Becoming Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty have training and expertise in Africana Studies, research Africana Studies topics, and teach courses with Africana content. Their participation ranges from promoting and participating in program events, teaching and mentoring students, attending program coordinating meetings, to leading study abroad and other experiential learning programs.

Faculty become affiliates of the Africana Studies program through the invitation of the program coordinator, following the approval of the executive committee and the candidate’s home department chair. Interested faculty should submit to the program coordinator a copy of their CV as well as a brief statement of interest (no more than one page) discussing their qualifications, interests, and goals for participating in the program. See further information in the procedural document for adding affiliated faculty and executive committee members. (Those with limited experience who are not yet qualified but interested in being involved are encouraged to engage in Africana Studies events, teaching, and scholarship to build up that experience to become an affiliate.)


The major is governed by an interdisciplinary Executive Committee of faculty from at least two disciplines that meets as needed. An interdisciplinary Committee of the Whole, made up of a larger group of faculty from various disciplines, approves the work of the Executive Committee and makes major curriculum changes. Most of the assessment of the major is done by the major coordinator through competency exams and surveys of graduates. The Executive Committee and the Committee of the Whole review the results of these exams and surveys and make recommendations for needed changes. The results of the assessment work are communicated annually to all faculty affiliated with the major. At that time the faculty comment on the assessment results and those same results inform decisions regarding the curriculum structure of the major.