Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Wunyabari Maloba, chair of the department of Africana studies at the University of Delaware, has been appointed the Edward L. Ratledge Professor of Africana Studies and History at the university. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of history in 1988, was the founding director of the African studies program from 1992 to 2002. He has taught history, Africana studies, and women and gender studies.

Professor Maloba’s most recent books are Kenyatta and Britain: An Account of Political Transformation, 1929-1963 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Anatomy of Neo-Colonialism in Kenya: British Imperialism and Kenyatta, 1963-1978 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Dr. Maloba earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University

Phillis Isabella Sheppard has been named inaugural faculty director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at the university. She joined the faculty in 2014 after teaching at Boston University.

Dr. Sheppard is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in political science. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York, and a Ph.D. from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Ama Baafra Abeberese was promoted to associate professor of economics and granted tenure at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her research centers on analyzing the behavior of firms in developing countries. She joined the faculty at the college in 2013.

Dr. Abeberese is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in economics and physics. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.


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