Abdul Nanji – ABDUL NANJI, Ph.D is a student of African and African Diaspora studies focusing on Kiswahili (Swahili) language, literature and culture. Currently he is a Kiswahili lecturer at Columbia University, Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies. Previously he taught at Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center, City University of New York, at Hunter College, Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, New York City College of Technology, African American Studies Department and State University of New York, College at New Paltz, Black Studies Department. The focus of his work is in developing African languages teaching methods and materials, and translating major texts in the field of African and African Diaspora studies. He is an active board member of New York African Studies Association, African Heritage Studies Association and African Language Teachers Association. He is a member of National Council for Black Studies, regularly attends African Studies Association Annual Conferences and is an associate of Bongo Productions headed by Professor John Mtembezi Inniss.
Kevin Hickey – KEVIN HICKEY, Ph.D is associate professor of English, Humanities, and Africana Studies at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. http://www.acphs.edu/users/kevinhickey Kevin Hickey’s research focuses on “geography” in three interconnecting categories: actual physical places; how literature depicts places using ideas such as “the dark continent,” “exile,” “tourist,” or “at home”; and third, the “imagined geographies” of Western philosophy especially of metaphysics and in particular Kant’s Critique of Judgment. Kevin Hickey’s research shows how tropes of geography work to create and sustain ideas that support Eurocentric perceptions of the world. Most importantly, his publications show how Africana writers use these same tropes to reconfigure “inherited conceptions” of space and the hierarchies embedded in those conceptions. Kevin Hickey joined NYASA in 1996.
Jerry Persaud – JERRY PERSAUD, Ph.D is an assistant (tenured) professor, Chair Department at the Digital Media & Journalism State University of New York, New Paltz. Did Undergraduate and graduate Studies at York University, Toronto. Research Work covers Caribbean & Latin America, African Americans, Urban Studies, Popular Culture. Teaching Experience in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sociology, Social Science, Criminology, Communications, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Caribbean Studies, Criminology, Food, Theory.Areas of Interest and Current Research Africa, Asia, The Americas Violence, Liberal Education Curriculum, Civic Discourses, Food & Water, Security & Forensics, Social Media, Colonial and Neo Colonial Tropes, Inter-racial Relations, Sports, Ethnography, Historiography, Meaning Making, Semiotics, The Body. Publications ” Language and Lyrical Violence: A Criminalized Romanticism of the Ghetto” in Captured by the City.
Olaide Junaid – OLAIDE JUNAID, graduate student is the founder of Adaba Outfitters; a company dedicated to positively educating the world about Africa through clothing. She is currently an Educational Counselor at The New Settlement Apartments’ College Access Center; where she counsels students individually into college, co-manages their early college awareness program and coordinates their SAT Prep Program. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. While in undergrad mentorship was her motivation so, she mentored underclassmen while letting faculty and staff at the college contribute to her individual growth. Olaide plans to obtain her J.D/M.A in International Affairs.
S. N. Nyeck – S. N. NYECK, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Political Science at Clarkson University. Her research focuses on government outsourcing, sexuality and politics. Her publications include Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013) and Public Procurement and Mechanisms of Governance in Africa (forthcoming Palgrave, 2015).
Cheikh M. Ndiaye – CHEIKH M. NDIAYE, Ph.D is an associate professor of French and Francophone studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Union College, Schenectady, New York. Ndiaye has a Ph.D. in French from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. ès Lettres from Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal. His research interest addresses West African oral literature; he has a book chapter published in Les Epopées Africaines by Lilyan Kestloot et Bassirou Dieng (Paris: Karthala, 1997). Ndiaye’s research also examines pre-colonial literature and how it relates to post-colonial literature. Contemporary Francophone writers develop narrative strategies that often question conventional writing; they operate from a position defined by both local paradigms and Western liberalism and their texts negotiate these relations; he has published articles on Mariama Bâ, Malika Mokeddem, Calixthe Beyala, prize-winning Cameroonian filmmaker Osvalde Lewat, prix Goncourt winner Patrick Chamoiseau, and L. S. Senghor. Ndiaye is also interested in global awareness through cultural and linguistic competency; he has directed term -abroad programs in France, Martinique, and Senegal; a highlight of that is a meeting he arranged between his students and poet and statesman Aimé Césaire during one of the Union College mini-term program in L’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane Francaise (Martinique); Aimé Césaire is a co-founder of the Négritude Movement and internationally recognized author of Return to My Native Land, Discourse on Colonialism, and a theatrical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Richard Severin – RICHARD SEVERIN, Ph.D is an educator with the New York City Department of Education – History. He has recently completed his doctorate degree (2014) in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus on Public Policy and Social Issues at Union Institute & University, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thesis: The Status of Ga Chieftaincy in Ghana’s Urban Capital region of Accra. In the near future, he is looking to move on to teach at the college level.
Seth N. Asumah – SETH ASUMAH, Ph.D is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of Political Science and Chairperson of the Africana Studies Department. Professor Asumah is the author and co-editor of nine books and over 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, reviews, and essays. He is President Emeritus of the New York African Studies Association. Dr. Asumah is Co-Director of the Summer Institute for Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum and has completed diversity, multicultural and teaching institutes at the National Multicultural Institute, Washington D.C. (2009); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1998); Williams College, MA (1994); MIT, Cambridge, MA (1991); and Fisk University, Nashville, TN (1991). In 2006, he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Oxford, England, United Kingdom. Dr. Asumah received the Outstanding Teaching in Political Science Award from American Political Science Association (APSA), 2008; Rozanne Brooks Dedicated and Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, and SUNY Cortland Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003. In 2007, Professor Asumah received the honor and rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He has received many other honors. These include the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Political Science Honor Society of Pi Sigma Alpha and the International Honor Society of Phi Beta Delta.
Samuel Afriye – SAMUEL AFRIYE, undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Oneonta. He has dual majors in Africana/Latino and International Development studies with minor in French. He is a co-founder of the Pan-African students Association on his campus and served as president during his freshmen year. He is a very instrumental student leader who advocates for student rights and diversity on his campus. He has been committed to the mission of NYASA since he attended my first conference in Binghamton as a freshmen. I have done research projects on Gender roles in Africa, Economic Integration and Regionalism in West Africa etc with the help of my faculty mentors withing the Africana studies department. Other projects I have participated include Model United Nations Simulations, Model New York State Senate Simulations, Student Research Conferences and other executive board positions. He wishes to attain a J.D./Phd in international human rights law and sustainable development in Africa and Latin America. In the words of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is tied to the liberation of the whole Africa.
Tom Nyquist – TOM NYQUIST, Ph.D, founding member of the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) and served as one of its early presidents. Editor of the NYASA Newsletter since 1975. Current member of the NYASA Secretariat. Political scientist who conducted research in the Sudan and in South Africa. Former administrator at SUNY Central. Served as a county legislator in Ulster County for four years and mayor of New Paltz for 16 years. Current chair of the Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation, which awards grants in the New Paltz, NY, area and three communities in Montana, and maintains the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary.
President – Ex-Officio
Cheryl Sterling – CHERYL STERLING, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Department of African Languages and Literature. She is an Associate Professor of English at the City College, CUNY, where she teaches African and African Diaspora Literature. She has published extensively in the areas of African Literature, Media and Culture, Post-Colonial theory and its application in the African Diaspora. Dr. Sterling is a Fulbright Scholar has received numerous research fellowships, including the Organization of American States grant. Her award winning book entitled, African Roots, Brazilian Routes: Cultural and National Identity, explores the issues of Africanness and Blackness in Afro-Brazilian identity. She is currently the Director of Black Studies Program at City College.