Faculty & Staff

Daniel Aldridge

Daniel Aldridge
Ph.D. Emory University

I teach courses in American and African-American history, primarily focusing on the period from the Civil War to the present. I am particularly interested in issues such as civil rights activism, popular culture, and U. S. foreign relations.

Laurian Bowles

Laurian Bowles
Ph.D. Temple University

I am a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research interests include ethnographic photography, Africa and the Diaspora, gender, urbanization, the anthropology of race, and transnationalism.

Caroline Beschea-Fache

Caroline Beschea-Fache
Ph.D. Indiana University

I teach French and Francophone Studies and I study issues in critical mixed-race studies. I also focus on the development, production and distribution of West African films in Africa and in the rest of the world.

Brenda Flanagan

Brenda Flanagan
Ph.D. University of Michigan

As the Edward Armfield Sr. Professor, I teach creative writing, African American, Caribbean, and World Literatures. I am also Faculty Liaison for the ethnic studies interdisciplinary minor.

Tracey Hucks

Tracey Hucks (Chair)
Ph.D. Harvard University

As the James D. Vail III Professor and Chair of Davidson's Africana Studies Department, I seek to build an intellectually robust department that situates Africana Studies as a vital component of the liberal arts experience. I am a specialist in Africana religions in the diaspora, and along with my administrative responsibilities, I teach introductory topics, intellectual history, and senior research courses in the major.

Hilton Kelly Hilton Kelly
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I teach courses in educational studies, sociology, and Africana studies, such as Schools and Society, Education in African-American Society, Growing up Jim Crow, and Critical Race Theory. I'm a specialist in the sociology of education with a research focus on the lives and work of African-Americans in the United States.
Gerardo Marti

Gerardo Marti
Ph.D. University of Southern California

The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation, and generational differences in self-understanding.

Ken Menkhaus

Kenneth Menkhaus
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, International Studies

I've taught political science at Davidson since 1991, my courses focus on international studies, while my research specializes on the Horn of Africa.

Alice Wiemer

Alice Wiemers
Ph.D. John Hopkins University

I teach a range of topics in African history, with special emphasis on social and economic change in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research focuses on 20th-century Ghana, the history of development practice, labor, and families.

Elizabeth White
Administrative Assistant

Affiliated Faculty

Suzanne Churchill
Professor of English

Rick Gay
Professor of Educational Studies

Melissa Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Michael Guasco
Associate Professor of History

Tae-Sun Kim
Director of Multicultural Affairs

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
Associate Professor of History

Clark Ross
Professor of Economics

Fred Smith
Professor of Economics

Anne Wills
Professor of Religion

Visiting Faculty

Ndubueze L. Mbah
Department of History

Moshi Herman
Department of Sociology

Core Faculty Emeritus

Nancy Fairley, Ph.D. State University New York, Stony Brook