Dr. Bayo Ijagbemi is a Professor of Practice in the UA’s Africana Studies Program. He had his undergraduate and some graduate studies in Nigeria before moving to the United States. He received his M.A. in Art History and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. His diverse academic trainings in history, ethnography, development studies, and anthropology enable him to research within a wide range of topics, including culture, material culture, society, environment and resource management, urbanization, development, food and livelihood security, gender relations, globalization, and their various points of intersection. In addition to his academic training, his educational and research experiences — which cut across culture groups in west Africa, North America, and southern Africa — have prepared him for research and teaching in socio-cultural anthropology as it relates to social and economic changes across societies and cultures.
Dr. Bryan Carter is an Associate Professor in the UA’s Africana Studies Program and Director of the Center for Digital Humanities. He specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and a secondary emphasis on digital culture. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where his experience with virtual environments began with his dissertation project, Virtual Harlem, a representation of a portion of Harlem, NY as it existed during the 1920s Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. Virtual Harlem, was one of the earliest full virtual reality environments created for use in the humanities and certainly one of the first for use in an African American literature course. Dr. Carter’s current research focuses on advanced visualization and how sustained and varied digital communication affects student retention and engagement in literature courses taught both online and face-to-face.
Dr. Praise Zenenga is Director of the Africana Studies Program in the UA’s College of Humanities. He holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theater and Drama from Northwestern University. He is a theater historian and dramatic literature specialist with a strong interdisciplinary training and background. His research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding issues of identity, race, aesthetics, politics, social change and social justice in the literature, music, visual arts and performance arts of Africa and African Diaspora communities. He is also interested in Digital Africana Studies and the various Elements of Global Hip-Hop. Several of his publications focusing mostly on masculinities, censorship, avant-gardism, political expression and modes of protest in Zimbabwean, art, theater, dance, sport and everyday life performance have appeared in internationally renowned journals and he is currently completing a monograph on contemporary popular theater in Africa focusing on the relationship between artists, donors and the state.
Dr. Jerome Dotson is an Assistant Professor in the UA’s Africana Studies Program. A native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College, he holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on the African American history, Southern food ways, hip hop, folklore and politics of the body. Currently, he is working on a book-length manuscript exploring the ways eating and diet have animated Black radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. The manuscript is tentatively titled: “No Pork on My Fork: Race, Dietary Reform and Body Politics, 1830-1990. “No Pork on My Fork” interrogates the cultural, social, and political significance of food consumption through an interrogation of the metonymic relationship between the black body and pork from slavery through 1990s Hip Hop.