Ernest Emenyonu, Professor and Chair
Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE), Professor Emenyonu is a specialist in African Literature, he has taught African Literature at various institutions of higher learning in Nigeria and the United States, and has published extensively in the field. His publications include articles in leading journals of African Literature and chapters in books and anthologies on the criticism of African Literature in Africa, Europe, India and the United States. He has edited several works of criticism on African Literature including Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi (2010), Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe Vols. 1 & 2, (2004), Goat Skin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature (2000). He is also the author of: A Good Shepherd: A Biography of the Most Rev. Benjamin C. Nwankiti (2003). His works of fiction include: Tales of Our Motherland (short stories) (1999) and a number of children’s books including Uzo: A Story of African Childhood (2011).
Dauda Abubakar, Associate Professor
Dauda Abubakar received his Ph.D from the Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining the Departments of Africana Studies and Political Science at UM-Flint, he taught at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; and was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Ohio University-Athens, where he taught courses in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics and African Studies. In 2001, Dr. Abubakar participated as a Ford Foundation Scholar’s Exchange Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India. He has published numerous scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters in edited books. His research agenda interrogates the nexus of identity politics, citizenship rights and the challenges of democratization in the global south, particularly post-colonial Africa. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Identity Politics, Citizenship and the Crisis of the African State.” His professional affiliations include membership in the American Political Science Association, African Studies Association and the International Studies Association where he made several conference presentations and chaired panels.
Patricia Emenyonu, Lecturer II
Formerly Associate Professor of English/English Education, at Imo State University/ University of Calabar, Nigeria, Dr. Emenyonu teaches in the Departments of English and Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint. Her research interests include 'Women as writers in Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.' A specialist in African Literature, Reading and English Methodology, she has published variously in these fields in leading journals and anthologies in Africa and the United States. She is the author of Reading and the Nigerian Cultural Background.
Dr. Emenyonu was the subject of the Thompson Center for Learning & Teaching's February 2015 Faculty Focus: 'Glocal' Agent: Building Bridges Across Campus and Continent.
Guluma Gemeda, Associate Professor
earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Before joining the University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. Gemeda has taught at Addis Ababa and Northern Michigan Universities. At the Univeristy of Michigan-Flint, he teaches African and African American history; and in his scholarships, he specializes on the social and economic history of Northeast Africa, particularly on land and farming communities in Ethiopia. He has conducted research in Ethiopia and at national archives in the United Kingdom and the United States. Recently, he is also conducting research on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, in the United States. Dr. Gemeda has published several articles and book chapters. His recent publications include: ‘The Rise of Coffee and the Demise Imperial Autonomy: The Oromo Kingdom of Jimma and Political Centralization in Ethiopia’, in Contested Terrain, ed. by Ezekiel Gebissa (Trenton, Red Sea Press, 2009) and ‘Land, Agriculture and Social Class Formation in the Gibe Region, From the mid-nineteenth century to 1936’, in State, Land and Society in the History of Sudanic Africa, ed. by Donald Crummey (Trenton, NJ., Red Sea Press, 2005). Currently, he is completing a manuscript on the history of coffee in Ethiopia.
Christian Vannier, Ph.D
Christian Vannier earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and PhD from Wayne State University in the Department of Anthropology. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Africana Studies, Christian taught in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. His research program focuses on the principles of community-based organization in West Africa and the Caribbean. Published in a diverse set of fields including religion, development, and economic culture in both Haiti and West Africa, Christian is currently finishing research in southern Togo where actor-centric networks of traditional religious and micro-economic organizations provide members with the foundations for moral values and mutual aid practices in a context of political repression and economic penury.
Carolyn Nur Wistrand, Lecturer II
A playwright, she lectures in African, African American and Multicultural Theatre. Her plays have been staged in New York City with The Castillo Theatre (Rising), winner of the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman International Political Playwriting Contest; MACAC/NEA Award, New Perspectives Theatre (9 Steps from St. Anne’s Street);The Negro Ensemble Company (Magdalena’s Crossing, Rising); The Nat Horne Theatre, Playwrights Preview Productions, Open Eye: New Stagings, (Second Coming); Harold Clurman Theatre, Arthur Seelen Theatre, (Even The Dirt Bleeds), Echo Theatre, Dallas, (The Gambler’s Earrings); The Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles (Virgins of Guadalupe); Teatro Bravo, Phoenix, (Magdalena’s Crossing); The Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta (Second Coming), and Around the Coyote, Chicago (Even The Dirt Bleeds). Her work has won numerous national playwriting awards and is published with One Act Play Depot, Canada; Contemporary Drama Service, Colorado; Africa World Press, New Jersey; and Carmel Publishers, Chandigarh, India. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and International Center for Women Playwrights. Carolyn is currently writing a full-length play on Marie Laveau, famed 19th century Voudou Queen of New Orleans.