Faculty at Martin Luther King, Jr Luncheon

Meet Our Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, Ph.D.

Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor 

Areas of specialization: Role of African women in African civilizations, Black female and male embodiment

Adisa A. Alkebulan

Adisa A. Alkebulan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department Chair and Academic Advisor

Areas of specialization: Pan-African Linguistics, African & African American history

Sureshi M. Jayawardene

Sureshi M. Jayawardene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of specialization: Africana geographies and epistemologies, diaspora, memory, expressive cultures, spirituality

Charles Toombs

Charles Toombs, Ph.D.


Areas of specialization: Africana literature, American literature, Black Queer Studies, Class and Urban Studies

Part Time Faculty

Ajani Brown

Ajani Brown, M.F.A.


Areas of specialization: AfroFuturism and Social Justice/Political themes in fiction & comics, African diaspora

LaShae Collins

LaShae Collins, M.A.


Delores Fisher

Delores Fisher, M.A.


Areas of specialization: African American music history in U. S. socio-cultural history

Anta Merritt

Anta Merritt, Ph.D.


Areas of specialization: African Diaspora social and cultural systems, religious/spiritual systems.

Bonnie Reddick

Bonnie Reddick, Ph.D.


Areas of specialization: Freshman writing and literature

Emeritus Faculty

Shirley Weber

Shirley Weber, Ph.D. 

Dr. Shirley Weber is a Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies. She was a member of the department since its inception in 1972 until 2010. Educated in the public schools of Los Angeles, she has a BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in the area of speech communications. Dr. Weber is recognized nationally and internationally for her ground breaking work to establish the discipline of Africana Studies. Dr. Weber is currently a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 79th district.