- Prospective Students
- Current Students
- Upcoming Courses
- Study Abroad
- Code of Ethics
- Student Handbook
“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
African American Studies
Meet Your Professors
Dr. Saundra Ardrey, Program Director--Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science (Ph. D., Ohio State University)
Dr. Ardrey specializes in voting and electoral behavior. Dr. Ardrey conducts research on the political participation of women and minorities and has made contributions to the extant literature through several publications on the political beliefs and behavior of African Americans. Her areas of expertise also include media and politics, campaign management, political opinion, and African American Studies. A graduate of Winston-Salem State University and The Ohio State University, she is recognized as a media analyst for both local and state media outlets. In addition to University teaching and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Ardrey is active in local politics and community activities. She has been a campaign manager, Democratic party executive committee member, president of the Bowling Green/Warren County NOW, and currently serves as the political action committee chair for the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Dr. Ardrey has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding People of the 20th Century.
Dr. Andrew Rosa - Assistant Professor, African American Studies (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amhrest)
Dr. Andrew Rosa’s teaching and research interests in African American intellectual and social movement history is grounded in the interdisciplinary fields African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, and American Studies. His related interests include racial foundations of academic thought, Black radicalism, comparative slavery, Black Atlantic history, and Pan Africanism.
He is a graduate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for his research, including an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago and a NEH fellowship from the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2015, he was awarded the University College Faculty Award for Research and Creativity at WKU. His work has appeared in the Journal of Black Studies, Race and Class, American Studies, and History of Education Quarterly, and he’s currently preparing a manuscript for the University of Georgia Press on the African American Scholar Activist, St. Clair Drake. Most recently, he edited Many Rivers to Cross: Selected Readings in the African American Experience (Kendall Hunt Publications, 2015) to support undergraduate courses in African American Studies. In addition, he thoroughly enjoys leading the Study Abroad opportunity to Trinidad and Tobago and being a part of a growing interdisciplinary and globally conscious department and program at WKU.
Dr. Cheryl Hopson - Assistant Professor, African American Studies (Ph.D. University of Kentucky)
Dr. Cheryl R. Hopson is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. She specializes in 20th century African-American and American literature and culture, Third Wave feminism, and generational Black feminisms. Her teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary in scope, and highlight the interconnections between literature, culture and society, drawing on the disciplines of literary studies, race and gender studies, Black feminist theory, sociology, history, anthropology, and family studies.
Dr. Hopson’s scholarship examines dramatizations of Black mother/daughter relationships, Black women’s’ mothering experiences, African American family dynamics, and the establishment of Black and Black-identified feminist subjectivities. She is currently engaged in a long-term book project on Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Alice Walker, and Walker’s daughter, Third Wave feminist writer and intellectual, Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker.
Dr. Hopson’s publications include: “Zora Neale Hurston as Womanist” in Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston, “The U.S. Women’s Liberation Movement and Black Feminist ‘Sisterhood’” in Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought; “Alice Walker’s Womanist Maternal” in Women’s Studies, and “The Shifting Selves and Realities of Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker in Watchung Review.
She is a regular presenter at regional, national and international academic conferences on literature, race, gender, and popular culture, such as the College Language Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the Popular Culture Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association.
A poet as well, Finishing Line Press published her chapbooks Black Notes (2013) and Fragile (2017). She has also published poems in the Toronto Quarterly, Border Crossings, DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced, Wraith Infirmity Muses, Ounwapi Literary Journal. You can find her poetry reviews at TheThePoetry.Com and Horseless Press.
Affiliated Faculty include:
Dr. John Hardin—Professor, History (Ph. D., University of Michigan)
Dr. Bella Mukonyora—Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies (Ph. D., Oxford University)
Dr. Selena Ronshaye Sanderfer--Visiting Assistant Professor, History (Ph. D., Vanderbilt University)
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,