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Annenberg School of Communication

  • John L. Jackson Jr.

    Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology

    Professor of Africana Studies
    Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
    • Ethnographic Film and Visual Studies
    • Race Theory
    • Globalization, Transnationalism, and Diaspora
    • Media Anthropology
    • Urban Studies
    • Cultural Studies
    • Performance Theory
    • Popular Culture

  • John B. Jemmott III

    Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication

    Professor of Communication in Psychiatry
    Annenberg School for Communication, Medical School
    Director, Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research

    Methods for reducing HIV/STD risks in the black community



Graduate School of Education

  • Vivian Gadsden

    William T. Carter Professor in Child Development and Education

    Director, National Center on Fathers and Families
    Associate Director, National Center on Adult Literacy
    • Cultural and social factors affecting learning and literacy across the life-course and within families,
    • Intergenerational learning
    • Relationships between literacy in families and issues of culture, race, gender, and poverty in diverse learning contexts
    • Interconnectedness among families' political, cultural, and social histories and racialized identities

  • Marybeth Gasman

    Professor of Education

    • Philanthropy and historically black colleges
    • Black leadership
    • Contemporary fundraising issues at black colleges
    • African-American giving
    • Minority Serving Institutions

  • Kathleen Hall

    Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology

    • Immigration, race relations, and education
    • Citizenship, cultural politics, and national incorporation
    • Class, socialization and social stratification Social theory

  • Diana Slaughter-Defoe

    Constance E. Clayton Professor Emerita in Urban Education

    • Urban education
    • Primary education
    • Parenting and child development
    • Home/school partnerships

  • Howard Stevensen

    Associate Professor of Education

    • African-American psychology
    • At-risk youth and high-risk boys
    • Family and parental engagement
    • Racial integration and re-segregation

  • Krystal Strong

    Assistant Professor in Education, Culture, and Society Division.

    • Anthropology of education and politics
    • Youth activism and cultural practices
    • Africa and the African diaspora
    • New media and popular culture

  • Daniel Wagner

    Professor, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy

    Director, International Literacy Institute and National Center of Adult Literacy
    Head, Program in International Education Development
    • Cross-Cultural Studies of Cognition and Socialization
    • Education in Developing Countries


Law School

  • Anita L. Allen

    Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law

    Professor of Philosophy
    • Privacy Law, Theory and Values
    • Legal Theory
    • Contemporary Ethics and Bioethics
    • Mental Illness
    • Accountability
    • Race Relations
    • Gender and the Law

  • Regina Austin

    William A. Schnader Professor of Law

    Director, Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law
    • Torts & Insurance
    • Law & Cultural Studies
    • Minority Legal Feminism
    • Economic Discrimination
    • Documentaries and the Law
    • Visual Legal Advocacy (Production)

  • William Burke-White

    Richard Perry Professor

    Professor of Law
    Inaugural Director, Perry World House
    • International Law
    • International Relations
    • Post-Conflict Reconstruction


  • Wendell Pritchett

    Presidential Professor of Law and Education

    • Property Law
    • Land Use and Planning
    • Urban Development
    • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Urban Policy
    • Education Law
    • American Legal History
    • Real Estate

  • Dorothy E. Roberts

    George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

    Professor of Africana Studies
    Director, Program on Race, Science, and Society
    • Race and Gender
    • Family
    • Criminal Justice
    • Bioethics
    • Sociology of Science
    • Critical Race Theory


School of Arts and Sciences

  • Roger Allen

    Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

    • Modern Arabic Fiction
    • Literatures in the Arab world

  • Cheikh Anta Mbacke Babou

    Associate Professor of History

    • African History and the History of Islam in Africa
    • Francophone West Africa from the 19th century
    • Contemporary African diasporas in Europe and the United States

  • Regina Baker

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    • Poverty & Inequality
    • Social Stratification
    • Families & Children
    • Work/Employment
    • The U.S. South

  • Rita Barnard

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    • South African Literature
    • Post-Colonial African Literature

  • Sandra Barnes

    Professor of Anthropology Emeritus

    • Social and Cultural anthropology
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Complex societies, political anthropology
    • Religion
    • Popular culture
    • Historical anthropology
  • Mary Frances Berry

    Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought

    Professor of History and Africana Studies
    • African American History
    • History of American Law
    • History of Law and Social Policy

  • Kathleen Brown

    Professor of History

    • History of Race and Gender
    • History of Slavery and Abolition
    • History of Race Relations
    • Atlantic History
    • History of Women
    • History of Sexuality
    • U.S. History

  • Anthea Butler

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies

    Graduate Group Chair, Department of Religious Studies
    • Pentecostalism
    • Evangelicalism
    • African American Religion
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Popular religion and culture
    • Global Christianity

  • Lorene Cary

    Senior Lecturer in English

    • Fiction writing
    • Creative Non-fiction writing
    • Memoir writing
    • Education; urban education; alternative education
    • Underground Railroad
    • African-American history


  • Lee Cassanelli

    Associate Professor of History

    • African history, oral history, and comparative world history
    • The Horn of Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia) from the 18th to the 20th century
    • Social and cultural transformations in Somalia since 1890:

  • Virginia Chang

    Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology

    • Medical sociology
    • Health disparities
    • Obesity
    • Social Stratification
    • Social Epidemiology
    • Health Services
    • Research Methods

  • Camille Z. Charles

    Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences

    Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education
    Director, Center for Africana Studies
    • Urban inequality
    • Racial attitudes and intergroup relations
    • Racial residential segregation
    • Minorities in higher education
    • Racial identity

  • Dorothy Cheney

    Professor of Biology

    • Neurobiology
    • Behavior
    • Physiology

  • Thadious Davis

    Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought

    Professor of English
    • African American literature
    • Southern literature with an emphasis on issue of race, region, and gender

  • Angela Duckworth

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    • Self-control grit achievement psychology character
    • Quantitative research methods

  • Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

    Associate Professor of History

    • Working-class history
    • Gender studies
    • The Colombian Choco
    • The history of race in Latin America

  • Steven Feierman

    Professor of History Emeritus

    • History of health and healing in Africa
    • Content and uses of orally transmitted knowledge
    • The place of knowledge about Africa in the social sciences

  • Hocine Fetni

    Assistant Dean for Academic Advising, The College, School of Arts and Sciences Adjunct. Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

    • Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East and North Africa
    • Political Instability and Laws of Investment in North Africa
    • Law and Social Change in the Middle east and North Africa - Corporation of Islamic Law


  • Robert Giegengack

    Emeritus Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

  • Daniel Q. Gillion

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    • Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion
    • Judicial Politics
    • The American Presidency
    • Questions of political participation
    • Institutional influences on citizens' behavior
    • Governmental responsiveness to citizens' concerns.

  • Larry Gladney

    Professor of Physics and Astronomy

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence
    Association Dean for the Natural Sciences

    Experimental High Energy


  • Marie Gottschalk

    Professor of Political Science

    • Criminal justice
    • Health policy
    • U.S. political economy
    • Organized labor
    • Welfare state
    • Comparative politics of public policy

  • Steven Hahn

    Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History

    • Nineteenth-century America
    • African-American history
    • History of the American South
    • International history of slavery and emancipation

  • Ira Harkavy

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of History

    Founding Director and Associate Vice President, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
    Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

    Urban University-Community-School partnerships


  • Theodore Hershberg

    Professor of Public Policy & History

    Provost’s Interdisciplinary Center
    Director, Center for Greater Philadelphia
    • Public school reform
    • Regional issues (city-suburban cooperation)
    • Urban-industrial development
    • African-American urban experience

  • Onoso Imoagene

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    • Immigration
    • Inter-Ethnic Group Relations
    • The African Second Generation in the U.S. and U.K.
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Immigrant Educational Attainment and Social Mobility

  • Hans-Peter Kohler

    Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography, Department of Sociology

    Research Associate, Population Studies Center University of Pennsylvania
    • Fertility and Related Behaviors in Both Developing and Developed Countries
    • Social Interactions and AIDS-related Behavior in Africa

  • William Labov

    Professor of Linguistics

    • Frequency Studies
    • Reading and narrative
    • African American Vernacular English

  • Andrew Lamas

    Professor, Urban Studies Program

    Lecturer, School of Social Policy and Practice

  • Mark Liberman

    Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics

    • Phonetic Evidence for Linguistic Structure
    • Phonology and Phonetics of Lexical Tone in West African languages
    • Application of Linguistics in Speech Recognition and Synthesis


  • Ramah McKay

    Assistant Professor

    • Global Health
    • History and anthropology of humanitarianism
    • Critical approaches to development

  • Janet Monge

    Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Anthropology

    • Physical Anthropology of Swahili People
    • Neanderthals
    • Paleoanthroplogy
    • Skeletal Biology

  • Lydie E. Moudileno

    Professor of Romance Languages

    Francophone studies, with a focus on the literatures of the Caribbean and Sub-saharan Africa

  • Carol Muller

    Professor of Music

    • Music
    • Gender
    • Ethnography
    • Gospel and Muslim Music in Philly
    • South Africa
    • Performance Studies
    • New Media and Technology
    • Pedagogy

  • Brendan O’Leary

    Lauder Professor of Political Science

    • Nationalism
    • National and Ethnic Conflict-Regulation
    • Democracy
    • Democratization and Electoral Systems

  • Guthrie P. Ramsey , Jr.

    Edmund J. and Louise Kahn Term Professor of Music

    • African-American and American music
    • Jazz
    • Cultural studies
    • Popular music
    • Film studies
    • Historiography


  • Adolph Reed

    Professor of Political Science

    • American and African American politics and political thought
    • Urban politics
    • American Political Development

  • Dorothy E. Roberts

    George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

    Professor of Africana Studies
    Director, Program on Race, Science, and Society
    • Race and Gender
    • Family
    • Criminal Justice
    • Bioethics
    • Sociology of Science
    • Critical Race Theory

  • Timothy Rommen

    Davidson Kennedy Professor in the College Professor of Music and Africana Studies

    Interim Department Chair
    • Caribbean Studies
    • Coloniality/decoloniality
    • The political economy of music and sound
    • Creole musical formations
    • Tourism
    • Diaspora
    • Music and spirituality
    • The ethics of style

  • David Ross

    Professor of Biology

    • Genetic Analysis of Parasite Biology
    • Mechanisms of Drug Action and Resistance


  • Theodore Schurr

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Biological History of and Complex Diseases in African Populations


  • Heather Sharkey

    Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

    • History
    • Society and Culture of North Africa
    • Historical Reflections of religion in North Africa

  • Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

    Associate Professor of History of Art

    Undergraduate Chair, Department of History of Art
    • Race, gender, sexuality and class
    • The art of the United States and the “New World”
    • Polynesian, Brazilian, and African American art

  • Rogers M. Smith

    Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science

    • Public Law
    • American political thought
    • Political Thought
    • Race and Gender Politics
    • Citizenship and Immigration

  • Deborah A. Thomas

    R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Chair

    • Political Anthropology
    • Sovereignty
    • Violence
    • The Afterlives of Imperialism
    • Transnationalism and Diaspora
    • Race and Gender
    • Performance and Popular Culture
    • Culture and Political Economy
    • Popular Culture
    • The Caribbean

  • Salamishah Tillet

    Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

    On Leave for 2017 Fall Term
    • Twentieth-Century American Literature
    • African-American and Ethnic American Literature
    • African American Studies
    • Gender and Sexuality Studies
    • Race, Empire, Postcolonialism
    • Visual and Performance Arts

  • Robert Vitalis

    Professor of Political Science

    • Race and American International Relations Theory
    • African-American Internationalist Thought
    • The Political and Cultural Economy of the World Oil Industry
    • American Expansionism
    • History of International Relations and Development Studies


  • Josef W. Wegner

    Assistant Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

    • Egyptian Mortuary Complex and Middle Kingdom Settlement Patterns in South Abydos
    • Egyptian Culture and Archaeology

  • Heather A. Williams

    Presidential Professor

    Professor of Africana StudiesUndergraduate & Graduate Studies Chair
    • Nineteenth Century African American History
    • History of Slavery in the American South
    • Jamaican Migrations
    • Race in American History

  • Tukufu Zuberi

    Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations

    Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
    • Sociology
    • Human Rights
    • African and African Diaspora
    • Africana Studies
    • Population and Health
    • Film


School of Nursing

  • Bridgette Brawner

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    • Family and Community Health

  • J. Margo Brooks Carthon

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Department of Family and Community Health
    • History of race and illness (Early 20th Century)
    • Health disparities
    • Healthcare workforce diversity
    • Nursing organization and minority health outcomes
    • Health and social policy

  • Christopher Lance Coleman

    Fagin Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Multicultural Diversity

    Associate Professor of Nursing in Psychiatry
    Co-Chair American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel Cultural Competence

  • Susan Gennaro

    Professor of Nursing

    Physiologic mechanisms which may herald preterm birth


  • Loretta Sweet Jemmott

    Van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

    Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research
    • Designing and evaluating interventions to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors
    • Health outcomes research including strategies to reduce other behavior-linked health problems, e.g. cancer (smoking), heart disease

  • Lisa Lewis

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Department of Family and Community Health
    • Community-based research
    • Health disparities research
    • Healthy equity
    • Social justice
    • Health behavior change

  • Robin Stevens

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Director, Health Equity & Media Lab

    Role of social media in the lives of disadvantaged youth in predominantly African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods


School of Social Policy and Practice

  • Ezekiel Dixon-Román

    Associate Professor of Social Policy and Practice and Education

    • Sociology of education
    • Cultural studies
    • Quantitative methods

  • Richard Estes

    Emeritus Professor

    • International and Comparative Social Development
    • Strategic and Long Term Planning
    • Social Indicators
    • Social Reporting


Wharton School

  • Marja Hoek-Smit

    Director of the International Housing Finance Program Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center

    Adjunct Professor Real Estate & City and Regional Planning
    • Housing
    • Finances and Planning
    • Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Stephen J. Kobrin

    Professor of Multinational Management

    Publisher and Executive Director, Wharton Digital Press
    • International Political Economy
    • Globalization
    • Global Strategy
    • Impact of the Information Revolution


  • Ian MacMillan

    The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • Organizational Competence
    • New Venture Management and Entrepreneurship


  • Ann Mayer

    Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

    • Comparative constitutional law
    • Human rights and globalization
    • International human rights law
    • Law in the contemporary middle east
    • Women’s international human rights

  • Howard Pack

    Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

    • Effects of Foreign Aid on Development Expenditure
    • Diffusion of Technology in Developing Countries
    • Role of External Economies in Industrial Development

  • Kenneth Shropshire

    David W. Hauck Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

    • Sports industry
    • Sports law contracts; antitrust; negotiation and dispute resolution


Perelmen School of Medicine

  • Elizabeth Alpern

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    • Childhood Disabilities in Africa
    • Social Work Utilization in Pediatric Emergency Departments


  • Gregory Bisson

    Assistant Professor of Medicine

    • Infectious Diseases
    • Patient-Oriented Research
    • HIV
    • International Health

  • Virginia Chang

    Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology

    • Medical sociology
    • Health disparities
    • Obesity
    • Social Stratification
    • Social Epidemiology
    • Health Services
    • Research Methods

  • Harvey Freidman

    Professor of Medicine

    Cell and Molecular Biology


  • Shiriki Kumanyika

    Professor of Epidemiology

    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention
    • Childhood Obesity
    • Global Obesity Epidemic
    • Food Marketing
    • Food and Nutrition Policy
    • Health Disparities
    • Systems Sciences

  • Timothy Rebbeck

    Professor of Epidemiology

    • Identifying and characterizing cancer genes
    • The relationship of allelic variation of cancer genes with cancer occurrence and cancer outcomes
    • The role of cancer genes in cancer etiology and outcomes in the context of the demographic, biochemical, environmental, and physiological risk factors

  • Donald Silberberg

    Emeritus Professor of Neurology

    • Clinical Neuro-Sciences in the Developing World
    • Child Health and Development in Developing Countries

  • Mahlet Tadesse

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics