Kameelah L. Martin‘s scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s) of the U.S. and Caribbean and folklore studies. As a cultural studies scholar, she is trained in the African American literary and vernacular traditions with emphasis on twenty and twenty-first century prose. Her interdisciplinary reach also involves broader interests, such as comparative literature(s) of the African Diaspora. She is deeply committed to the fields of African Diaspora Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. She is Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of African American Studies and English.


Photo: Dr. Martin leafs through W.E.B. Dubois’ personal library in Accra, Ghana.


Christopher Day’s scholarly interests are in African politics with a particular emphasis on issues of peace and security. His research has focused on civil war and rebellion in Africa, and current projects include the militarization of wildlife authorities in Africa’s national parks, the continent’s civil-military relations, and its history of proxy warfare. A former disaster relief worker with Médécins Sans Frontières, he also maintains an interest in humanitarian affairs. He is a CofC alumnus (’95) and joined the Department of Political Science in August 2012, becoming Director of African Studies in 2019.

Photo: Dr. Day on patrol with rangers in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.


Casey Smith, is the Language Lab Director for the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs as well as the administrative assistant for both the African American Studies Program and Asian Studies Program.






Iyanla Fuller, is a senior at the College of Charleston. She is a double major in Political Science and African American Studies.  Her passion for equality, justice, and awareness of the African American experience has driven her to step over her fears and vocalize the importance of African American History. From studying abroad in Jamaica to working as a tour guide at the Old Slave Mart Museum, she has turned her pain into a passion for humanizing the Black experience.

Photo: Iyanla Fuller at the Marcus Garvey Museum in Jamaica.