Faculty & Staff

The instructors facilitating Africana Studies courses are mostly comprised of members of the Graduate Faculty with a strong record of effective teaching and research. Although the Africana Studies major is primarily an undergraduate offering, Africana Faculty, in cooperation with American Culture Studies, History, and other disciplines, serve as mentors to masters and doctoral students by chairing examination and dissertation committees. Faculty may also create individualized and independent studies based on some aspect of the student's field of study as it relates to Africa and the Diaspora. Listed below are the Faculty associated with Africana Studies. Students should feel free to contact these members for more information. 


Rebecca L. Skinner Green, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor, School of Art, Art History
  • Phone: 419.372.8514
  • Email: rlgreen@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 1010 Fine Arts

World Art and Culture, especially funerary art and practices in Madagascar, contemporary arts in African and Caribbean, and Trinidad carnival

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Apollos Nwauwa, PhD

  • Position: Professor, History
  • Phone: 419.372.9483
  • Email: nwauwa@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 132 Williams Hall

Modern Africa (colonial and contemporary), Education in Africa, African Cultures and Societies, Africa in Global Politics, Nigerian History, History of the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria, African Diaspora Studies

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Kefa M. Otiso, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor, Geography
    Director, Global Village
  • Phone: 419.372.9352
  • Email: kmotiso@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 308A Hanna Hall

Urban-Economic, African Development, Immigration, GIS Applications

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Opportune Zongo, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor
    Romance Languages and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Phone: 419.372.7396
  • Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 210 Shatzel Hall

Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, French, Francophone, Anglophone African, Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

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Nicole Jackson, PhD

  • Position: Assistant Professor, History
  • Phone: 419.372.2030
  • Email: nmjacks@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 128 Williams

African American History, Black British History, African Diaspora History, Colonial/De-colonial/Post-Imperial History, Social and Cultural History, Women’s History, Modern American History

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Angela Nelson

Angela M. Nelson, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor, Popular Culture
  • Phone: 419.372.0284
  • Email: anelson@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 249 Shatzel Hall

20th and 21st Century African-American Popular Culture, African-American Sacred Music and Secular Music (Popular), Religion and Black Popular Culture

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Ewart Skinner, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor, School of Media & Communication
  • Phone: 419.372.8646
  • Email: eskinne@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 401 Kuhlin Center

International and Global Communication Studies, Health Communication and HIV/AIDS in Third World, Caribbean Area Studies, Global Labor and Telecommunications

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Christopher Witulski, PhD

  • Position: Instructor, Ethnomusicology
    College of Musical Arts
  • Phone: 419-372-8852
  • Email: cwituls@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 2142 Moore Musical Arts Center
Thomas Edge

Thomas Edge

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor, Ethnic Studies Department
  • Phone: 419-372-2796
  • Email: tjedge@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 238 Shatzel Hall

African American Studies

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Sidra Lawrence

Sidra Lawrence

  • Position: Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology
  • Phone: 419-372-9481
  • Email: sidral@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 2131 Moore Musical Arts Center


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Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams, M.F.A.

  • Position: Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Film
  • Phone: 419-372-3199
  • Email: dewilli@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 225 Wolfe Center

Film I: Basic Cinematography, Film II: Editing: Image and Sound, Film III: Sync Sound Production, Screenwriting

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Updated: 09/13/2023 03:48PM