University of Minnesota
African American & African Studies
aaas@umn.edu
612-624-9847


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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Name & Title Contact Research and Teaching Interests
Keletso Atkins
Associate Professor
612-624-5083
872 Social Sciences
atkin013@umn.edu
Africa; African diasporic studies
Rose Brewer
Professor
612-624-9305
839 Social Sciences
brewe001@umn.edu
Social and behavioral sciences; Public policy and development; African diasporic studies
Victoria Coifman
Assistant Professor
612-624-5709
825 Social Sciences
coifm001@umn.edu
Africa; African diasporic studies
Njeri Githire
Associate Professor
612-625-1687
848 Social Sciences
ngithire@umn.edu
African American literature and arts; African diasporic studies
Keith Mayes
Associate Professor
612-624-8012
827 Social Sciences
mayes@umn.edu
African American history; social and behavioral sciences; public policy
Tade Okediji
Associate Professor
612-624-8957
868 Social Sciences
tokediji@umn.edu
Social and behavioral sciences; public policy and development; Africa and African diasporic studies
Yuichiro Onishi
Associate Professor
612-625-0513
874 Social Sciences
ohni0001@umn.edu
African American history; Asian American studies; African diaspora studies
John Wright
Professor
612-624-0845
883 Social Sciences
wrigh003@umn.edu
African American literature, art and history; Africa and African diasporic studies

Instructors

Name & Title Contact Teaching Interests
Said Ahmed
Teaching Specialist
612-624-8571
823 Social Sciences
ahme0039@umn.edu
African languages (Somali)
Peter Rachleff
Adjunct Professor

612-626-7587
852 Social Sciences
African American labor and working class history; US immigration history
Angaluki Muaka
Teaching Specialist
612-625-0185
856 Social Sciences
muaka@umn.edu
African languages (Swahili); African diasporic studies
Yolanda Williams
Instructor
612-624-0362
878 Social Sciences
willi233@umn.edu
African American literature, art and history
Andrew Williams
Teaching Specialist
612-625-2300 | 612-624-9847
878 Social Sciences | 33 Appleby Hall
will2036@umn.edu
African diaspora studies

Administration & Staff

Name & Title Contact
Yuichiro Onishi
Department Chair
612-624-8012
812 Social Sciences Building
ohni0001@umn.edu
Christine Powell
Administrator
612-624-1680
810A Social Sciences Building
powel020@umn.edu
Agnes Malika
Administrative Specialist
612-624-9847
810 Social Sciences Building
mrutu002@umn.edu
Andrew Williams
Academic Advisor
612-625-2300 | 612-624-9847
878 Social Sciences Building | 33 Appleby Hall
will2036@umn.edu
Vanessa Abanu
Outreach Coordinator
612-624-0556
810B Social Sciences Building
steel012@umn.edu
Rose Brewer
Director of Graduate Studies
612-624-9305
839 Social Sciences Building
brewe001@umn.edu
Victoria Coifman
Director of Undergraduate Studies
612-624-5709
825 Social Sciences Building
coifm001@umn.edu