Faculty & Staff

Portland State's Black Studies Department has a distinguished faculty who specialize in various fields from psychology to history to urban development. Areas of specialization do not only range in subject matter, but in their regional focus as well. The Black Studies Department covers areas of African, Caribbean and African-American issues.

Office Hours

During the academic year, faculty are available during their regularly posted office hours.  Feel free to stop by!


Core Faculty, Staff and Affiliates

Tenure-track Faculty

Shirley A. Jackson, Chair, Professor
Ethan Johnson, Associate Professor
Derrais Carter, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor
Winston Grady-Willis, Professor (also Director of School of Gender, Race and Nations)

Fixed-Term Faculty

Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate, Assistant Professor
Joseph Smith-Buani, Senior Instructor II 

Adjunct Faculty

Turiya Autry, Instructor 
Darrell Millner, Professor Emeritus
Josphat Waruhiu, Instructor (also NTTF faculty in World Languages and Literatures) 

Emeriti Faculty

E. Kofi Agorsah, Professor Emeritus (Not on campus)
Darrell Millner, Professor Emeritus

Office Staff

Liz Abbott, Program Coordinator


Affiliated Faculty

  • Lisa Bates, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Stephen Frenkel, Assistant Professor, International Studies: African and Latin American Studies
  • Maude Hines, Associate Professor, English Department
  • Roberta Hunte, Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Yves Labissiere, Associate Professor, Community Health, Urban and Community Affairs
  • Anoop Mirpuri, Assistant Professor, English Department
  • Jennifer Tappan, Associate Professor, History Department