Erica Ball, Co-Chair
Mary Jane Hewitt Department Chair in Black Studies; Professor of Black Studies
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Erica L. Ball is a historian who specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American history.
James Ford III, Co-Chair
Associate Professor, English and Black Studies
B.A., Morehouse College; M.A., Ph.D, University of Notre Dame
James Edward Ford III’s teaching and scholarship focus on three fields: The Aesthetics of Black Radicalism; Black Popular Culture; and Western Political Thought.
Associate Professor, Black Studies
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., P.h.D, University of California, San Diego
Yumi Pak is a student, scholar and instructor of Black literary and cultural studies, particularly within the overlaps and interstices between the United States, Scotland and Jamaica.
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
Sharla Fett teaches courses on early U.S. and African American history, including the Atlantic World, Slavery and the Antebellum South, U.S. Women’s History, and Collective Memory and Slavery’s Legacies. Read her Oxy Story profile.
Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., University of Natal; M.A., Ph.D., Cambridge University
Movindri Reddy teaches courses on international political processes, international organizations, international theory, South African politics, African politics, and comparative South Asian politics.
Associate Professor, Education
A.B., M.A.T., Occidental College; Ph.D., UCLA
A former classroom teacher and mathematics coach, La Mont Terry's research focuses on the creation of critical race "counterspace" as an alternative environment for the mathematics education of high school-aged Black males.