Africana studies is a tradition of intellectual inquiry and study of African peoples. Using a transdisciplinarian approach, Africana scholars document the global migrations and reconstruction of African peoples, as well as patterns of linkages to the African continent (and among the peoples of the African Diaspora). Having perhaps the most international faculty on the Cornell campus, all professors represent the three regions of the African Diaspora: Africa, African America, and African Caribbean - the three foci of Africana Studies. In addition to the faculty, the Africana Studies and Research Center is comprised of nationally and internationally-recognized scholars and educators; socially-conscious intellectuals; and students representing each of Cornell's undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

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Taylor Amy Morgan

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies

Jerel Ezell

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies


Ezell JM et al. The Blueprint of Disaster: COVID-19, The Flint Water Crisis, and Unequal Ecological Impacts. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2021 May.

Ezell JM et al. How Urban and Rural Built Environments Influence the Health Attitudes and Behaviors of  People Who Use Drugs Health & Place. 2021 May.

Ezell JM, Chase EC. A population-based assessment of physical symptoms and mental health outcomes among adults following the Flint Water Crisis. Journal of Urban Health. 2021 Mar.

Ezell JM, et al. Intersectional Trauma: COVID-19, the Psychosocial Contract, and America’s Racialized Public Health Lineage. Traumatology. 2021 Jan.

Ezell JM. Empathy plasticity: decolonizing and reorganizing online spaces to address racial equity. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2021 Jan 5. 1-13.

Ezell JM, et al. Stigmatize the use, not the user? Attitudes on opioid use, drug injection, treatment, and overdose prevention in rural communities. Social Science & Medicine. 2020 Nov 113470.

Muncan B, Walters SM, Ezell JM, Ompad DC. “They look at us like junkies”: influences of drug use stigma on the healthcare engagement of people who inject drugs in New York City. Harm Reduction Journal. 2020 Dec;17(1):1-9.

Ezell JM. First, do no harm to self: Perspectives around trauma-informed practice and secondary traumatic stress among rural child protective services workers. Journal of Child Custody. 2019 Oct 2;16(4):387-407.

Ezell JM. Understanding the situational context for interpersonal violence: A review of individual- level attitudes, attributions, and triggers. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 2019 Aug 15:24-49.

Ezell JM, et al. Are skin color and body mass index associated with social network structure? Findings from a male sex market study. Ethnicity and Health. 2019 Mar 14:1-16.

Ezell JM, et al. The sexual and social networks of Black transgender individuals: Results from a representative sample. Transgender Health. 2018 Dec 18;3(1):201-9.

Ezell JM, et al. Implementing trauma-informed practice in juvenile justice systems: What can courts learn from child welfare interventions? Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. 2018 Jul 28:1-13.

Ezell JM, et al. Measuring recurring stigma in the lives of individuals with mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal. 2017 Aug 17.

Ezell JM, et al. Association between one-hour oral glucose tolerance test values and delivery mode in non-diabetic, pregnant Black women. Journal of Pregnancy. 2015 May; (Vol 2015).

Ezell JM, et al. Contours of usual care: Meeting the medical needs of diverse persons with serious mental illness. Journal of Health Care For The Poor And Underserved. 2013 Nov;24(4):1552-73.

Ezell JM, Saltzgaber J, et al. Reconnecting with urban youth enrolled in a randomized controlled trial and overdue for a 12-month follow-up survey. Clinical Trials. 2013 Oct;10(5):775-82.

Cabassa LJ, Ezell JM, et al. Lifestyle interventions for adults with serious mental illness: A systematic literature review. Psychiatric Services. 2010 Aug;61(8):774-82.



Enoch Aboi

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies

Renatta Fordyce

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies

Enongene Nkumbe

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies

Radwa Saad

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies


Saad, R. & Abed, S. (2020) 'A Revolution Deferred: Sexual Violence and Gender-based Violence in Egypt' in Gender, Protests & Social Change in Africa edited by Awino Okech (Palgrave Macmillian)

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Saad, R. (2019). Reconciling Pan-Arabism and Pan-Africanism: The North African Leadership Dilemma. Leadership & Developing Societies, 3(1), 1-32.

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Nadia Sasso

Alumni '19

Kanyinsola Obayan

Alumni '19

Marsha Jean-Charles

Alumni '19

Kristen Wright

Alumni '20

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