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Faculty by Region: North America

  • 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)

  • Herman Beavers

    Professor of English & Africana Studies

    Graduate Chair
    • 20th Century African American Literary and Cultural studies
    • Jazz Studies
    • African American poetry and poetics
    • Gender Studies
    • Science and literature
    • Medicine and literature

  • 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

  • Gregory Bisson

    Assistant Professor of Medicine

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

  • Kathleen Brown

    David Boies 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

    On Leave
    Presidential Fellow at Yale University for 2019-2020
    Graduate Group Chair, Department of Religious Studies
    • Pentecostalism
    • Evangelicalism
    • African American Religion
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Popular religion and culture
    • Global Christianity

  • 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

  • Lorene Cary

    Senior Lecturer in English

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


  • Camille Z. Charles

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

    Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education
    Undergraduate Chair
    Faculty Director of the Office of Penn First Plus
    • Urban inequality
    • Racial attitudes and intergroup relations
    • Racial residential segregation
    • Minorities in higher education
    • Racial identity

  • 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

  • Ezekiel Dixon-Román

    Associate Professor of Social Policy and Practice and Education

    • Sociology of education
    • Cultural studies
    • Quantitative methods

  • Angela Duckworth

    Christoher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology

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

  • Richard Estes

    Emeritus Professor

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

  • Harvey Freidman

    Professor of Medicine

    Cell and Molecular Biology


  • 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

  • Susan Gennaro

    Professor of Nursing

    Physiologic mechanisms which may herald preterm birth


  • 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

  • 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

  • Michael Hanchard

    Gustave C. Kuemmerle Professor of Africana Studies

    Department Chair
    • Comparative Politics (Nationalism, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements, Political Culture)
    • Africana Studies
    • Latin American Studies
    • Political Theory (Citizenship, Comparative Political Theory)

  • 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

  • John L. Jackson Jr.

    Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology

    Professor of Africana Studies
    Dean, Annenberg School for Communication
    • Ethnographic Film and Visual Studies
    • Race Theory
    • Globalization, Transnationalism, and Diaspora
    • Media Anthropology
    • Urban Studies
    • Cultural Studies
    • Performance Theory
    • Popular Culture

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • William Labov

    Professor of Linguistics

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

  • Andrew Lamas

    Lecturer, Urban Studies Program

    Lecturer, School of Social Policy and Practice

  • Lisa Lewis

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Calvin Bland Fellow
    Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity
    • Community-based research
    • Health disparities research
    • Healthy equity
    • Social justice
    • Health behavior change

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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


  • Barbara D. Savage

    Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought

    On-Leave for 2019-2020
    Professor of Africana Studies
    • Twentieth Century African American history
    • History of American religious and social reform movements
    • History of the relationship between media and politics

  • 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

  • Diana Slaughter-Defoe

    Constance E. Clayton Professor Emerita in Urban Education

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

  • 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

  • Howard Stevensen

    Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education

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

  • Mahlet Tadesse

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

  • 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


  • 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

  • Heather A. Williams

    Geraldine R. Segal Professorship in American Social Thought

    Professor of Africana StudiesOn Leave for 2019-2020
    • 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
    • Global Africa
    • Africana Studies
    • Population and Health
    • Film