Department Coordinator

Lynn R. Johnson
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
Office: East College 309
Phone: 717-245-1394
Email: johnsoly@dickinson.edu


Lynn Johnson

Lynn R. Johnson
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies (2004).
B.A., Salisbury University, 1996; M.A., Temple University, 1998; Ph.D., 2007.
Email: johnsoly@dickinson.edu

Professor Johnson's research interests are in 19th- and early 20th-century American Literature, African-American Literature, and African Aesthetics.




Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies (2009) .
B.S., Business Administration, San Francisco State University, 1986; M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2002; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2009 .
Email: moonsamp@dickinson.edu

Professor van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy's scholarly interests lie in the intersection of expressive culture, activism, and politics of representation and subjectivity in the Caribbean and the African and Indian Diasporas.  Her research in Trinidad and Tobago incorporates oral history and performance analysis in the study of interethnic relations, gender, postcolonialism and nationalism.  At Dickinson College, she teaches courses on the African Diaspora, Caribbean intellectuals and music, and the Asian Diaspora in the Caribbean.



Contributing Faculty

Jeremy R. Ball

Jeremy R. Ball (on sabbatical 2009-10)
Assistant Professor of History (2005).
B.A., Boston College, 1994; M.A., Yale University, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.
Email: ballj@dickinson.edu

Home Page:  http://users.dickinson.edu/~ballj/index.html

Professor Ball teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights.  His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portugese colonialism, and oral history



Mara E. Donaldson

Mara E. Donaldson
Professor of Religion (1990).
B.A., Wilson College, 1971; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1974; Ph.D., Emory University, 1984.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1998-1999. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2000-2001.
Email: donaldsm@dickinson.edu

Professor Donaldson's teaching focuses on contemporary religious thought, especially feminist and liberation theologies, and religion and art, including contemporary fantasy literature, film, and popular culture.


James G. Ellison (on sabbatical 2009-10)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (2005).
B.A., Michigan State University, 1987; M.A., University of Florida, 1990; Ph.D., 1999.
Email: ellisonj@dickinson.edu

Professor Ellison's research interests include historical ethnography, colonialism and culture, postcolonial situations, translation and power, and the history of anthropology.  He conducts research in eastern Africa, focusing mainly on Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Heather Merrill

Heather Merrill (on leave 2009-10)
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geography (2000).
B.A., New York University, 1981; M.A., Columbia University, 1985; M.A., University of Chicago, 1992; M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1995; Ph.D., 1999.
Email: merrillh@dickinson.edu
Home Page: http://users.dickinson.edu/~merrillh/


Robert D. Ness

Robert D. Ness
Associate Professor of English (1981).
B.A., Lehigh University, 1966; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1981.
Email: ness@dickinson.edu
Home Page: http://users.dickinson.edu/~ness/

Professor Ness teaches Restoration and 18th century English literature, linguistics, and African and Commonwealth literatures. His research interests focus at the moment upon West Indian writing.


Benjamin Ngong

Benjamin Ngong
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies (2007).
Licence es-Lettres Modernes, Université de Yaoundé, 1988; Maitrise es Lettres Modernes; D.E.A., Littératures française et comparée, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens (France), 1991; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007.
Email: ngongb@dickinson.edu

Professor Ngong's research and teaching interests include 20th-century French novel, Francophone African and Caribbean literatures, cultures, and film, colonial and postcolonial studies. His published and forthcoming articles focus on the relationship of power to social and political violence as portrayed in African and Caribbean literature and film.


Jerry Philogene

Jerry Philogene
Assistant Professor of American Studies (2005).
B.A., New School University, 1989; M.A., New York University, 1993; Ph.D., 2009
Email: philogej@dickinson.edu

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.


Kim L. Rogers

Kim L. Rogers
Professor of History (1983).
B.A., Florida State University, 1973; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1976; Ph.D. 1982.
Email: rogersk@dickinson.edu

Professor Rogers' teaching interests center on recent U.S. history, urban America, and gender and family history. Research interests include biography and autobiography, oral history, and life-course analysis.


J. Mark Ruhl

J. Mark Ruhl
Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Professor of Political Science (1975).
B.A., Dickinson College, 1970; M.A., Syracuse University, 1972; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1988-1989.
Email: ruhl@dickinson.edu
Home Page: http://users.dickinson.edu/~ruhl/

Professor Ruhl specializes in comparative politics. His research centers on the politics of democratization in contemporary Latin America with a special emphasis on civil-military relations.


Vanessa C. Tyson

Vanessa C. Tyson
Instructor in Political Science (2007).
B.A., Princeton University, 1998; M.A., University of Chicago, 2002.
Email: tysonv@dickinson.edu