Carmen GillespieCarmen Gillespie, Director (
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.

Tameka Thompson, Administrative Assistant (
Tameka is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Marywood University. She is a New York Knicks fan and enjoys anything outdoors, road trips, family time, and her pets.

Maria Velazquez, PostDoctoral Fellow (

Steven Belskie, Graduate Assistant (


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