Loyola University Maryland

African and African American Studies

Faculty & Staff


Dr. Adanna Johnson, Psychology

Dr. Johnson is involved in multicultural research and recruitment and retention activities for students of color in higher education. Her clinical work is focused on helping children and adolescents and their families better understand themselves and each other. Using holistic approach to psychology, she teaches her clients to find balance between spirit, mind and body in order to address concerns in their everyday lives. She is currently researching traditional African healing modalities in a modern therapeutic context. She has published in Journal of Counseling Psychology and elsewhere.

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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. Members serve on a rotational basis of three-year terms.

Dr. Heather Lyons, Psychology (2010-2015)

Dr. Lyons is an associate professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland where she also directs the Masters Education-Practitioner Track. Her scholarly interests include culture, discrimination and person-organization fit in the workplace, social cognitive and cultural influences on career expectations, and training issues in multicultural psychology. Her publications appear in Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Journal of Counseling and Development, among other venues.

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Dr. Robert W. Simmons III, Education (2013-2016)

Dr. Simmons is the director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland as well as an associate professor in the teacher education department in the School of Education. Additionally, Robert is a member of the social justice collaborative Edchange and a contributor for The Village Celebration. His work explores the experiences of African American boys in public and Catholic schools, the teaching practices of African American male teachers utilizing hip hop in classrooms, urban education, and the role of race in understanding the social context of schooling. A former middle school science teacher in the Detroit public schools, his teaching and administrative career span Detroit, Minnesota, the Dominican Republic, and now Baltimore. He is contributing author to the books White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism (Stylus, 2006) and White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: Creating Inclusive Schools, Building on Students' Diversity, and Providing True Educational Equity (Stylus, 2011). He is also co-editor with Steve Grineski and Julie Landsman of Talking about Race: Alleviating the Fear (Stylus, 2013).

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. Arthur Sutherland, Theology (2010-2013)

Dr. Sutherland is an associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland where he also directs the national fellowships office. His scholarly interests include systematic theology, theological hospitality, and African-American religious thought. His honors include the Coolidge Fellowship from the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. His book, I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality (Abingdon, 2006), was nominated for the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award for Religion.

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Dr. Karsonya ("Kaye") Wise Whitehead, Communication (2013-2016)

Dr. Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication at Loyola University Maryland. Her teaching, service, and scholarship reach into the fields of communication, history, education, cultural studies (specifically race, class, and gender issues), women’s studies, and black history. She has also been a documentary filmmaker and middle school teacher. Her book Emilie Davis, Her Life, In Her Own Words is forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press. Her next book is The Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations on the Eve of Reconstruction, to be published in 2014 by Routledge.

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Associated Faculty

Associated faculty status is for faculty across the campus who regularly teach AAAS-approved courses or whose research, creative activity, or training directly engages AAAS-related components. This list of associated faculty serves as a resource for minors or prospective minors to identify AAAS-related faculty across the campus.

  • Letty Bonnell, Fine Arts, African and African American art
  • Jean Cole, English, African American and multiethnic literatures
  • June Ellis, English, post-colonial literature and culture
  • Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Law & Social Responsibility, race, gender, and power in the workplace
  • Melissa Girard, English, African American modernism; black poetry
  • Margaret Haggstrom, Modern Languages, francophone literature and culture
  • Afra Hersi, Education, Institute for Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Elizabeth J. Kennedy, Law & Social Responsibility, race, ethnicity, and gender in employment
  • John Kiess, Theology, African theology and ethics
  • Heather Lyons, Psychology, multicultural psychology, discrimination and workplace psychology
  • Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Education, Institute for Black Achievement [AAAS steering committee, 2010-2013]
  • Peter Murrell, Founding Dean, Education, urban education
  • Michael Runnels, Law and Social Responsibility
  • Catherine Savell, French, francophone cultures
  • Diana Schaub, Political Science, African American political thought
  • Elizabeth Schmidt, History, African history, African women, late-colonial western and southern Africa [AAAS steering committee, 2010-2012]
  • Arthur Sutherland, Theology, African American religious thought
  • Andrea Thomas, French, francophone Africa and Caribbean
  • Barbara Vann, Sociology, gender, sexuality, and diversity; urban development
  • Thomas Ward, Modern Languages and Literature, colonial and nineteenth-century Latin American literature
  • Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Communication, African American women's history; race, class, and gender theory