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Tanja Aho Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr Tanja Aho is a Professorial Lecturer in American Studies, where Dr Aho teaches classes focused on disability and madness, settler colonialism and racial capitalism, and gender and sexuality. They a

  aho@american.edu

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Lydia X.Z. Brown Adjunct Professorial Lect

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work focuses on interpersonal and state violence against disabled people at the intersections of race, class, gender

  lydiab@american.edu

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Irene Calis Director, Arab World Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle, aiming to move beyond critique and the

  calis@american.edu

K. Tyler Christensen Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

K. Tyler Christensen holds a PhD in American Literature & Culture from the English Department at The George Washington University. The expanse of his doctoral work is concerned with storytelling that

  christen@american.edu

Donald Collins Adjunct Professorial Lect

Donald Earl Collins is a freelance writer and historian who has written on the topics of multiculturalism, education reform, race, and the history of African American and American identity for more th

  collinsd@american.edu

Mali Collins Asst Professor CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Mali Collins’ research areas include Black motherhood studies, Black archival studies, 20th and 21st century literature and art, medical humanities, digital technology, and reproductive health and jus

  malic@american.edu

Robert B. Connelly, Jr. Sr Adj Prof Lecturer

Bob Connelly is a senior adjunct professorial lecturer of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Bob received his M.F.A. in Film and Electronic Media at American University, and began teaching LGBTQ f

  robertc@american.edu

Mary Ellen Curtin Assoc Professor CAS - American Studies

Mary Ellen Curtin has a Ph.d from Duke University and is a historian of modern African American and women's social and political history. Her first book Black Prisoners and Their World documented the

  maryellen.curtin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6168

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Morad El Sana Adjunct Professorial Lect

Dr. Elsana is an adjunct professor at the American University. Prior, he served as a professor of Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law. Dr. Elsa

  melsana@american.edu

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Anthony Gualtieri Adjunct Professorial Lect

As a public anthropologist working in the District of Columbia, I research creative economic development, placemaking, public policy, and inequality.

  anthonyg@american.edu

Mustafa Gurbuz Sr Adj Prof Lecturer

Mustafa Gurbuz is a political sociologist whose research focuses on political violence and terrorism, conflict resolution, social movements, Muslims in the West, and ethnic/sectarian politics in the M

  gurbuz@american.edu

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Christina Juhasz-Wood Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Christina Juhász-Wood is a Professorial Lecturer in the American Studies Program where she teaches courses on American culture and history, poverty, and critical refugee studies. Her work focuses on s

  cjwood@american.edu

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Judd King Sr Adj Prof Lecturer

Judd King currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and is affiliated with the Arab World Studies Program. His primary research interests are modern political Islam, contemporary

  jking@american.edu

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Keith Leonard Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Keith D Leonard is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of

  kdl@american.edu

  (202) 885-2961

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Martyn Oliver Faculty Chair, AU Core CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction o

  oliver@american.edu

  (202) 885-2943

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Christina Riley Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Christina Riley’s research focuses on the cultural dynamics of group collectivity and their ensuing on/offline sociopolitical relays. Christina is particularly invested in digital group coherence and

  criley@american.edu

Elizabeth Rule Asst Professor CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Rule (enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation) is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University in Washington, DC.Rule’s research on issues

  rule@american.edu

Theresa Runstedtler Assoc Professor CAS - History

Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research examines Black popular culture, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, masculinity, labor, and sport. Her fort

  runstedt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6991

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Hye Young Shin Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Shin received her PhD in Multilingual and Multicultural Education from George Mason University and Master’s degree in TESOL from American University. As a native Korean, she has taught both herita

  hshin@american.edu

  (202) 885-1513

Elke Stockreiter Assoc Professor CAS - History

Elke Stockreiter is a historian of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include the histories of colonialism, gender, race, and slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World. Trained as a

  estockre@american.edu

  (202) 885-6740

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Alison Thomas Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Alison Thomas has taught at AU since 2005, and has offered courses in the Department of Literature and in the American Studies Program. Her research focuses on information literacy and the teaching of

  athomas@american.edu

  (202) 885-8945

Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching since 1998 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her written work has appeared in Radical Teacher, the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Q

  trembath@american.edu

  (202) 885-1456

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David Vazquez Associate Professor Literature and CRGC, Program Director of Latinx Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature, comparative ethnic American literature, c

  dvazquez@american.edu

Katharina Vester Assoc Professor CAS - History

Katharina Vester is Associate Professor of History & American Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in

  vester@american.edu

  (202) 885-2409

Quynh Vo Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Quynh Vo is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Her

  qvo@american.edu

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Sybil Williams Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Sybil R. Williams has spent the past twelve years cultivating her craft as a playwright and dramaturg. Her work has been professionally produced by Chicago’s ETA Creative Arts Theatre; New York’s Nati

  sroberts@american.edu

  (202) 885-3482

Li (Lily) Wong Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) and serves as Associate Director of Faculty Engagement and Initiatives fo

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

Onaje Woodbine Asst Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Woodbine’s research explores the varieties of black religious experience, especially as they are lived on the margins of power and outside the bounds of established institutional authority. His mo

  woodbine@american.edu

  (202) 885-6733