Nina BanksNina Banks, Acting Director (


Carmen GillespieCarmen Gillespie, Director ( (on leave fall 2014)
Carmen Gillespie received her Ph.D. from Emory University, and is a Professor of English and the Director of the Griot Institute of Africana Studies. Her research, writing, and teaching interests are in American, African American, and Caribbean literatures and cultures and creative writing. || Read more about Carmen's teaching philosophy and her work with the Griot.

Joseph MoralezJoseph Moralez, Administrative Fellow (
Before Joseph's current position at Bucknell, he managed the accounts payable department for Mid-Atlantic Health Care's Watsontown facility. Joseph has also worked as an office coordinator, staffing specialist, and as a Director for the Thiel College Activities Board. He is currently the chairman of the board of directors for the Outdoor Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports outdoor programs and events for children in local communities throughout the U.S. Joseph is the Administrative Fellow for both the Griot and the Presidential Arts Initiative.

Brittany AllenBrittany Allen, Graduate Assistant (
Brittany, a graduate student from Rhode Island, earned her B.A. in English Literature from Assumption College. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English, working as a Graduate Assistant for the English department through the Griot. Her academic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, American, Shakespearean, and 19th C. British literature, and creative writing.

Heather HenniganHeather Hennigan, Student Assistant (
Heather is a senior from New Jersey majoring in English with a concentration in Literary Studies. She loves literature, creative writing and graphic design and is the president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Heather also serves as an Academic Ambassador on campus.

Kaitlin Scagluso, Student Assistant (
Kaitlin Scagluso is a junior from New York. She enjoys rock climbing, reading, and traveling. She has participated in BuckWild and is currently a member of the Bucknell Outing Club. 


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