Regular Faculty

Professor Erica Ball

Erica Ball, Chair

Professor of History and Black Studies
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Erica L. Ball is a cultural historian specializing in nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American history.
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James Ford III

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.

Affiliated Faculty

Michael Amoruso

Michael Amoruso

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Lehigh University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Areas of specialization: death, race and urban religion in the United States and Latin America.
Professor Sharla Fett

Sharla Fett

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, American Studies
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 Regina Freer

Regina Freer

Professor, Politics; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Freer's research and teaching interests include race and politics, demographic change, urban politics, and the intersection of all three in Los Angeles.

G. Simeon Pillich

Non-Tenure Track Professor, Music
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Pillich teaches courses in the music of the world and jazz.
Will Power

Will Power

Assistant Professor, Theater
B.A., San Francisco State University
Will Power is an internationally renowned playwright, performer, lyricist and educator.
Professor Ryan Preston-Roedder

Ryan Preston-Roedder

Associate Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Rice University; Ph.D., New York University
Ryan Preston-Roedder specializes in moral and political philosophy, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion.
Professor Movindri Reddy

Movindri Reddy

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.
Professor Arthur Saint Aubin

Arthur Saint-Aubin

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Black Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
While his earlier teaching and research centered on the Francophone literatures of the Caribbean and West Africa, Arthur Saint-Aubin currently teaches courses in the theory and practice of translation.
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Kai Small

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Critical Theory and Social Justice
B.A., Occidental College; M.A., University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (in progress)
  Kai Small is a multimedia scholar that teaches courses in black studies with a focus on black feminist theories, trans/queer black studies, and the intersections between black and indigenous studies.
Professor La Mont Terry

La Mont Terry

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.

Kenjus Watson

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Education
A.B., Occidental College; M.E., The Pennsylvania State University; P.h.D., UCLA