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Fall 2007, Vol. 15, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2007–2008 Warren Center Faculty Fellows

TINA MARIE CAMPT is an associate professor of women’s studies at Duke University with secondary appointments in the departments of history and German; she is also a visiting associate professor of women’s studies at Vanderbilt. The author of over eleven articles and chapters on race in Germany, her first book was Other Germans: Blacks, Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University of Michigan Press, 2004). Campt’s forthcoming publications include work on diasporic hegemonies and popular culture. She is this year’s William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow.

DEVIN FERGUS is an assistant professor of history. An active graduate and faculty advisor, his work centers on black nationalism and black power in America from 1965-1980. His first book chapter, “The Black Panther Party in the Disunited States of America: Constitutionalism, Watergate, and the Closing of the Americanists’ Mind” appeared this year in The Black Panther Party in Historical Perspective (Duke University Press); currently he has one completed book project and another—“The Ghetto Tax Since the Seventies”—in process.

KATHRYN T. GINES, assistant professor of philosophy and African American and diaspora studies, specializes in continental and African American philosophy as well as race and gender theory. In addition to authoring over five articles and chapters, her work includes a co-translation of Alain David’s “Negroes” (in Race and Racism in Continental Philosophy, 2003). Currently, she is guest editing a special issue of Philosophia Africana with Ronald Sunstrom and has two manuscripts; the first, “Alexander Crummell and Anna Julia Cooper: Constructions and Constrictions of Race and Womanhood,” is an analysis of race, gender and class in 19th century America, and the second, “Rethinking ‘The Political’: Racism, Colonialism, and Revolutionary Violence,” offers an examination of black racial identity and political violence.

CATHERINE A. J. MOLI-NEUX is an assistant professor of history whose research interests involve race, slavery, and empire. The author of four articles, her most recent article, “Pleasures of the Smoke: Popular Representations of Black Virginia in Early Modern London’s Tobacco Shops,” is forthcoming in William and Mary Quarterly. Her current book project, “The Peripheries Within: Race, Slavery, and Empire in Early Modern England,” examines early modern visual and literary representations of black slavery and their relationship to popular beliefs about race and slavery from the late seventeenth to early eighteenth centuries. Additionally, she is co-editing The Theory and Practice of Atlantic History with Natalie Zacek.

IFEOMA C. K. NWANKWO is an associate professor of English whose specializations include Latin American studies and African American studies. Her book, Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness, and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), offers a comparative study of people of African descent in Cuba, the U.S., and the British West Indies following the Haitian Revolution. In it, she argues that fear fostered by the revolution determined and has continued to determine the ways African-descended peoples in this hemisphere relate to each other, as well as to other American populations. Her co-edited project “Rhythms of the Black World: Rituals, Remembrances, and Revisions” is under consideration.

MOSES EBE OCHONU, assistant professor of history, hails from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He has authored a number of articles and book chapters, including “Visionary Anthropology: Simon Ottenburg and the Transformation of Africanist Cultural Studies” (in Igho Religion, Social Life, and Other Essays by Simon Ottenburg, 2005). In addition to teaching classes on Subsaharan Africa, colonial experience, and foreign policy, Ochonu is also preparing his first book manuscript, “Colonial Meltdown: Northern Nigeria in the Great Depression.”

LUCIUS TURNER OUTLAW is a professor of philosophy and African American and diaspora studies, as well as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. The 2002 Chancellor’s Cup winner, he is involved on the editorial board of Speculative Philosophy and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in addition to Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folks (Roman and Littlefield, 2005). This year he is the Jacque Voegeli Fellow; he is the co-director of the Warren Center Fellows’ seminar.

T. DENEAN SHARPLEY-WHITING is a professor of African American and diaspora studies, women’s studies, and French, as well as the director of the program in African American and diaspora studies and the director of the William T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. In addition to having numerous articles, book chapters, and co-edited volumes to her credit, she is currently working on a book project: “Women of the Petit Boulevard: African American Women in Jazz-Age Paris.” This year, she is the Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows’ seminar.

HORTENSE JEANETTE SPILLERS is a professor of English, and her work exists at the intersection of psychoanalysis and black feminist criticism; her specializations include the English 19th century novel. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, her books include Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2003). Spillers is also the member of a number of editorial boards, including those for Black American Literary Forum and The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature, and she is the author of a number of short stories, including “Isom” (Essence, 1975), the winner of the 1976 Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and Belles Lettres.

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