Kevin Hickey – Kevin Hickey, Ph.D. is associate professor of Africana Studies, English, and Humanities at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. http://www.acphs.edu/users/kevinhickey . He joined NYASA in 1996 and has been an Executive Board member since 2009. Kevin Hickey’s research focuses on theories of space in Africana literatures, film, and visual arts with particular attention to travel literatures and metaphors of location and movement. Kevin Hickey has bicycled through 25 African countries, and along with Cheikh Ndiaye (Union College) regularly takes students to Senegal. He has worked as the External Reviewer for a U.S. State Department Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa, and since 2005 he runs an annual Africana Film Series that each year focuses on a specific theme or region. You may reach him at any time about anything pertinent to NYASA or Africana Studies at kevin.hickey@acphs or 518-694-7359.
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.
President Emeritus (Immediate Past President)
Mwalimu Abdul Gulu 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.
Vice President for Publications
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.
Jerry Persaud (temporary) – 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.
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.
Members – at – Large
Deidre Hill Butler, Union College
Locksley Edmondson, Africana Studies & Research Center Cornell University
NYASA Newsletter Co-Editors
Roger Gocking, “Emeritus” Mercy College
Corinne Nyquist, SUNY College at New Paltz
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.
Kwame Akonor, Seton Hall University
Seth N. Asumah, Vice President, SUNY College at Cortland
John Marah, Associate Vice President, SUNY College at Brockport – John K. Marah Ed. D, professor (and chairperson of the African and African American Studies department at SUNY, College at Brockport from 1995 to 2012) is a native of the Republic of Sierra Leone, West Africa. He earned his Ed. D degree at Syracuse University, writing his dissertation on Pan-African education. He is the author of Pan-African Education: The Last Stage of Educational Developments in Africa (1989); African People in the Global Village (1998); co-editor of The Africana Human Condition and Global Dimensions (2002), co-editor of Africana Studies: Beyond Race, Class and Culture (Routledge, 2015), several articles in The Journal of Black Studies; Journal of African Studies; Journal of World History; African Link; The Literary Griot; Network Africa; The Journal of Pan-African Studies, and The Black Woman: Challenges and Prospects for the Future.
He has appeared on television and radio discussing a variety of issues on Africa and African people in general. From 2006 to the present, he has lectured nationally, internationally, and published several essays including “The Virtues and Challenges in Traditional African Education,” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol.1, no. 4, 6: 15-24; “Kwame Nkrumah’s Continental Africa: A Dream Deferred but not Forgotten,” in Ama Mazama (ed.) Africa in the 21st Century: Toward a New Future. 2006. New York and London, Routledge, pp. 17-31; “From the Temples of Egypt to Emperor Haile Selassie’s Pan-African University.” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol. 4, No. 10 (1- 2012): 143-171; “Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Transformative Feminism in Africa,” International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science, Vol. 1, No. 4: 12- 2013: 31-36; Dr. Marah’s next book is Pan-African Education: A Must for the African Union.
Abdul Nanji, Columbia University
Jerry Persaud, SUNY College at New Paltz
Cheryl Sterling, The City College of New York (CUNY)
Yayra Awo Sumah (graduate), Columbia University
Rachel Campbell (undergraduate), SUNY at Brockport