Joan Hepburn, Ph.D.
Program Director, Assoc. Professor of English

B.A. NYU; M.A., Ph.D. Brown University. Modern Drama and African Drama in English. Teaches not only West African drama written in English, but also plays by Caribbean and African American writers whose works show a direct African influence.


Mary Carlsen
Professor of Social Work

Professor of Social Work and Department Chair B.A., St. Olaf College; Master’s, University of Washington, Seattle


Michael Fitzgerald
Professor of History

Michael Fitzgerald obtained both his B. A. and Ph.D. from UClA, where he specialized in African American, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern history.


David Hagedorn
Artist in Residence, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion

David teaches percussion, jazz, and world music, and is often seen performing at various college events.


Abdulai Iddrisu
Asst. Professor of History

Professor Iddrisu teaches African History, Muslim Societies, and Women in Africa.


Joseph Mbele
Assoc. Professor of English

Post-Colonial Literature PhD MA Wisconsin, MA BA Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)