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    [Section_Value1] => <p>Ph.D., Ohio State University: Associate Professor - Political Behavior, American Government, minority and women's politics. <br /> Also serving as Director of WKU's <a href="http://www.wku.edu/afam/">African-American Studies Department.</a></p>
<p>In her twelfth year as chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the African American Studies Program, Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey is the only African American department head at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.&nbsp; Dr. Ardrey specializes in voting and electoral behavior, conducts research on the political participation of women and minorities and has made contributions to the extant literature through publications on the political beliefs and behavior of African Americans.&nbsp; Her areas of expertise focus on the impact of race on politics and the role gender plays in vote choice and participation. Other interests include African American Studies, media and politics, campaign management and public opinion.&nbsp;</p>
<p>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.&nbsp; In addition to University teaching and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Ardrey is active in state and local politics and community activities.&nbsp; She has been a campaign manager, a member of the Democratic party executive committee, president of the Bowling Green/Warren County NOW, and currently serves as the political action committee chair for the Bowling Green/Warren County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).</p>
<p>Active in her discipline, Ardrey served as president and as executive secretary of the Kentucky Political Science Association, the first African American to serve in both those positions. She is a member of the American Political Science Association Women&rsquo;s Section Committee.</p>
<p>As one of the co-founders and co-directors of the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Dr. Ardrey believes that one of the goals of education is to equip students with the knowledge, sensitivity and skills they need to be productive citizens in a diverse society.&nbsp; To ensure students gain those skills, Ardrey works to establish experiential learning experiences and study abroad opportunities.&nbsp; She established The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) at Western Kentucky University and serves on TWC national Advisory Board.&nbsp; She served as a faculty teaching fellow for several Republican and Democratic Nominating Conventions from 1988 &ndash; 2012.</p>
<p>Saundra Ardrey is well known around the WKU campus for the &ldquo;study away&rdquo; and study abroad opportunities she creates for students. Her trips are varied yet have a common theme. Whether students trace the Underground Railroad from Montgomery to Canada, explore the roots of modern jazz from the deep South to Carnegie Hall or develop a service learning project with villagers in Elmina, Ghana &ndash; the purpose is always the same &ndash; to create an appreciation for and sensitivity to non-European cultures.</p>
<p>She is a faculty leader and coordinator for study abroad programs to Ghana, Trinidad and Tanzania.&nbsp; In addition to several faculty led study abroad programs, she has travelled and studied in China, Egypt, England, France and Italy.</p>
<p>&nbsp;One of her greatest achievements in the international arena is organizing and coordinating the first ever Africana/African American Studies Conference in Turkey at Bilkent University.&nbsp; This 2008 conference featured students, scholars, performers, and artists from around the world engaged in a discussion of the achievements of and challenges still facing descendants of the African diaspora.</p>
<p>Dr. Ardrey is a much sought after speaker and commentator and has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding People of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century.</p>
<p>Her husband of thirty-six years, Dr. William Ardrey, is a trauma specialist with Inspire Medical Group.&nbsp; They have two children, Chris and Lindsey.&nbsp; Chris is a junior at WKU majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Psychology Concentration.&nbsp; He was selected as Athlete of the Year for his achievements in tennis. Their daughter is working in the New Orleans offices of Teach for America while she raises funds and builds a curriculum for a charter school to empower at-risk kids in a local parish.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. Cheryl R. Hopson is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. She specializes in 20<sup>th</sup> 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.</p>
<p>Dr. Hopson&rsquo;s scholarship examines dramatizations of Black mother/daughter relationships, Black women&rsquo;s&rsquo; 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&rsquo;s daughter, Third Wave feminist writer and intellectual, Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker.</p>
<p>&nbsp;Dr. Hopson&rsquo;s publications include: &ldquo;Zora Neale Hurston as Womanist&rdquo; in <em>Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston</em>, &ldquo;The U.S. Women&rsquo;s Liberation Movement and Black Feminist &lsquo;Sisterhood&rsquo;&rdquo; in <em>Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought; </em><em>&ldquo;Alice Walker&rsquo;s Womanist Maternal&rdquo; in Women&rsquo;s Studies, </em><em>and &ldquo;The Shifting Selves and Realities of Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker in Watchung Review. </em></p>
<p>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&rsquo;s Studies Association.</p>
<p>&nbsp;A poet as well, Finishing Line Press published her chapbooks <em>Black Notes </em><em>(2013) and Fragile </em><em>(2017).</em> She has also published poems in the <em>Toronto Quarterly, Border Crossings, DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced, Wraith Infirmity Muses, </em><em>Ounwapi Literary Journal<em>. </em></em><em>You can find her poetry reviews </em>at TheThePoetry.Com and Horseless Press.</p>
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<p><strong>Articles:</strong></p>
<p>&ldquo;Queering Personhood in the Neo-Slave Narrative: Jewelle Gomez&rsquo;s <em>The Gilda Stories</em>.&rdquo; <em>African American Review</em> 47.4 (2014): 447-459.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Cultivating Black Lesbian Shamelessness: Alice Walker&rsquo;s <em>The Color Purple</em>.&rdquo; <em>Rocky Mountain Review</em> 66.2 (2012): 158-175.</p>
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<p><strong>&nbsp;Selected Conference Presentations:</strong></p>
<p>&ldquo;Dunbar&rsquo;s Maternal Masculinities: Mama&rsquo;s Boys and Mothering Men,&rdquo; American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2016.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Queerness and the Supernatural in Antebellum African American Slave Narratives,&rdquo; American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 2016.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Related by Herself; or, The Legacy of Janie&rsquo;s Tongue in Phoebe&rsquo;s Mouth,&rdquo; College Language Association Annual Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, April 2015.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;James Baldwin <em>fran&ccedil;ais</em>&rdquo; panelist, College Language Association Annual Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, April 2015.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Looking for Lafayette: Vampires and Other Monsters in African American Archives,&rdquo; Queer Places, Practices, and Lives Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 2014.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Can Black Queer Sexuality and Lynching Share Dramatic Space?: James Baldwin&rsquo;s Lynching Narratives,&rdquo; Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 2014.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Neuter-Bound/Neuter-Freed: Reconsidering Antebellum Black Sexuality and Gender,&rdquo; Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2013.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Honey Boo Boo Meets Jim Crow: Racial Segregation and the Politics of Cuteness,&rdquo; Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, February 2013.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Neo-Slave Narratives, Social Monsters, and Queering Human Rights,&rdquo; Global Queerness: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century Conference, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, October 2012.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;&lsquo;An Organization to Save My Life&rsquo;: AIDS and Black Communities in the Writing of Essex Hemphill and Assotto Saint,&rdquo; Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2011.</p>
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<p><strong>Fellowships and Awards:</strong></p>
<p>Wood Professorship, Department of English, Western Kentucky University, 2016-2017.</p>
<p>National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History, Ohio History Society, Columbus, OH, July 2015.</p>
<p>Muste Award, Best Dissertation of the Year (<em>Black Shamelessness: African American LGBT Writing, 1982-1991</em>), Department of English, The Ohio State University, 2013.</p>
<p>Postdoctoral Fellowship, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University, 2012-2013.</p>
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<p>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 <em>Journal of Black Studies, Race and Class, American Studies, </em>and <em>History of Education Quarterly</em>, and he&rsquo;s currently preparing a manuscript for the University of Georgia Press on the African American Scholar Activist, St. Clair Drake. Most recently, he edited <em>Many Rivers to Cross: Selected Readings in the African American Experience</em> (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.</p>
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African American Studies Staff


Saundra Curry Ardrey

Saundra Curry Ardrey
- Associate Professor

Dr. James Asare

Dr. James Asare
- Instructor, AFAM

John Hardin

John Hardin
- Professor Emeritus

Dr. Cheryl Hopson

Dr. Cheryl Hopson
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher Lewis

Dr. Christopher Lewis
- Assistant Professor

Andrew Rosa

Andrew Rosa
- Associate Professor

  • Email: andrew.rosa@wku.edu
  • Office: Cherry Hall 207
  • Phone Number: (270) 745-3841
  • Fields United States, African American and African Diaspora History, African American Studies
Selena Sanderfer

Selena Sanderfer
- Associate Professor

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