Loyola University Maryland

African and African American Studies

Faculty & Staff

Director

Dr. Raenita A. Fenner, Engineering

Raenita Fenner, Loyola University MarylandDr. Raenita Fenner is an associate professor of engineering at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Fenner has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and performs research in applied electromagnetics. Her publications have appeared in Radio Science, IEEE Microwave Components and Letters, Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Letters, and elsewhere. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and pursues research in the teaching of oral and written communication for engineers. She is also the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers at Loyola.

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Faculty Steering Committee

The committee is a resource for the program director to seek advice regarding overall curriculum, policy, and strategic planning.

Dr. Oghenetoja Okoh, History

Oghenetoja Okoh received her B.A. at the University of Minnesota and earned her Ph.D. from New York University. She taught at the University of Akron before coming to Loyola. The working title of her current book manuscript—Contesting from the Margins: Minority Identity and Citizenship in Nigeria, 1928-1960—reflects her current research agenda. She teaches 20th century African and African diaspora history, with expertise on questions of ethnicity, gender, and citizenship.

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Dr. Rodney Parker, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Theology

Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D., is the assistant dean of undergraduate and graduate studies and an affiliate faculty member of theology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University; a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Duke University; and a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Loyola University Maryland. He joined the Loyola community in 2002 and served for two and a half years as an assistant director in the Center for Community Service and Justice, formerly known as the Center for Values and Services. In 2005, he assumed the role of director of ALANA Services and continued to lead the expansion of this office and role until July 2019 when he assumed the role of assistant dean.

Read more about Dr. Parker on the office of undergraduate and graduate studies web page.

Dr. H. Lovell Smith, Sociology (2012-2105)

Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. His publications include articles in such journals as Research in Community Sociology, Advances in Medical Sociology, and Journal of Black Studies. He is currently an assistant professor in the sociology department at Loyola.

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Dr. Tammy Henderson, Africana Studies Lecturer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Tammy Henderson is lecturer of Africana studies with a specialty in African-American women’s history and public policy. Prior to joining the UMBC faculty in 2011, she was an instructor in African-American studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, and the academic program coordinator for the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History in Washington, D.C. Dr. Henderson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park in American studies, along with a certificate in women’s studies. Her teaching and research interests include maternity, race and public policy, black feminist thought, black families, and black popular culture. As a committee member from outside of Loyola, Dr. Henderson provides influential insight into curriculum matters and the latest scholarly activities in the field.