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.

Advisory Committee

Professor Sharla Fett

Sharla Fett

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, American Studies, Black 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.

James Ford III

Associate Professor, English; Advisory Committee, Black Studies
B.A., Morehouse College; M.A., Ph.D, University of Notre Dame
Research interests include Late 19th- to Mid 20th-Century African American Literature, Black Radicalism, WEB Du Bois Studies, Marxist Theory, Ethics, Aesthetic Philosophy, Black Popular Culture, Hip-Hop Studies
Professor Regina Freer

Regina Freer

Professor, Politics; Advisory Committee, Black Studies, 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.
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.