Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. studies philosophy and literature, theorizing approaches towards addressing persistent inequality by devising critical frames (like the Value Gap) that elevate public discourse to a level he describes as "accessible seriousness." He is an expert in African American religious history and theology.

Joshua Guild

Associate Professor
Joshua Guild specializes in 20th-century African American social and cultural history, urban history, and the making of the modern African diaspora, with particular interests in migration, black internationalism, black popular music, and the black radical tradition.

April Peters

Department Manager
April Peters is the primary administrator for the Department of African American Studies. She manages the AAS staff, the Department budget, and daily Department operations. She implements the goals of the Department, ranging from the expansion of the undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty recruitment and retainment, and all building improvement projects related to Stanhope Hall. Working closely with the Chair, Peters is the appropriate point of contact for all high-level matters related to African American Studies at Princeton University.

Dionne Worthy

Assistant to the Chair/Events Coordinator
Dionne Worthy serves two distinct roles for the Department of African American Studies. First, she manages the schedule of Professor Eddie Glaude, attending to his personal correspondence, and coordinating media requests to include radio interviews and televised appearances, as well as speaking engagements. Worthy also plans and coordinates all public AAS events, the major AAS lecture series, the Faculty Brown Bag Seminars, and the Faculty Graduate Seminars. She also works with the AAS faculty programming committee to consider all event co-sponsorship requests.

Elio Lleo

Technical Specialist
Elio Lleo is the Support for Computing in Academic Departments/Department Computing Support (SCAD) specialist for the Department of African American Studies. In addition to providing daily immediate technical support for the faculty and staff of the Department, Lleo is the audio engineer for the AAS21 Podcast (and host of his own Star Trek podcast - Priority One) and the AV engineer for all Department livestreaming and recording activities across Youtube and Facebook Live platforms. Lleo also provides security and support for the AAS21 website, and contributes timely updates to the AAS21 website.

Naomi Murakawa

Associate Professor
Naomi Murakawa studies the reproduction of racial inequality in 20th and 21st-century American politics, with specialization in crime policy and the carceral state.

Ruha Benjamin

Associate Professor & Arthur H. Scribner Bicentennial Preceptor (On leave Fall 2018)
Ruha Benjamin specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and biotechnology; race-ethnicity and gender; health and biopolitics, and the sociology of knowledge.

Imani Perry

Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies
Imani Perry studies race, gender and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, and the social sciences.

Jana Johnson, CAP. TA

Department Assistant
Jana Johnson supports daily operations for the Department of African American Studies, working closely with all staff and faculty. She works closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and staffs the Department’s Curriculum Committee. She schedules meetings and appointments in the Stanhope Hall seminar rooms, Hobson-Rogers (Stanhope 201) and Barfield-Johnson (Stanhope 101). She also answers calls to the primary line in the Department, responds to emails sent to the aas21@princeton.edu email account, and assists with the @PrincetonAAS social media presence on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.


Student Coordinator Senior Colloquium

Imani Thornton

Student Employees

Rusty Hanson
Adetobi Moses
Nathan Poland
Aaliyah Taylor

Department Email


Department Phone #

(609) 258-4270

Department Fax #

(609) 258-5095