|Dr. Sudipta Das
Professor and Chair
Dr. Das is a Full Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern University at New Orleans. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Calcutta University in India with a honors in History. Her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees were received from Tulane University in New Orleans where she graduated top of her class in both categories winning the prestigious Seeley Dissertation Fellowship to conduct her research in French history in Paris, France. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Eighteenth Century France, Modern Europe, United States, World Cultures, South Asia, Asian Americans in the United States, and Eastern Spiritualism.
Dr. Das has published two scholarly books on French history. Her first monograph won special recognition from the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Committee of the French Historical Society, and was displayed at the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the prominent book fairs on scholarly publications. Dr. Das has published several articles in the European History Quarterly, Journal of Modern History, Journal of Urban History, Race, Gender, and Class and Africana Studies Review on European, Asian-American, and South Asian history. She iscurrently working on an article on cultural history for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Das received the SUNO Faculty Excellence Award in 2005, the SUNO Scholarship Award in 2007, and the SUNO Educator Award in 2008.
|Dr. Carmelo Astilla
Dr. Astilla holds a masters and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. His teaching and research interests are in United States-Latin American Diplomatic Relations, Mexican History, Latin American Anthropology, Colonial and Modern Latin America, and Louisiana History. He is currently developing a course on the history of New Orleans. Also, he is currently completing a study of Filipinos in early 20th century Louisiana.
|Dr. Henry Efesoa-Mokosso
Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Scineces
Dr. Mokosso is a native of Cameroon, and holds a B.A. (Hons.) Dip. Ed. from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, M.A. and Ph.D. from Howard University. Dr. Mokosso was Inspector of Schools, Principal of Government Teachers Training College Kumba, Cameroon, and Principal of the Royal Polytechnic College, Lagos, Nigeria.
At Southern University at New Orleans where he is Professor of history, Mokosso served as Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences, and he is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University. Dr. Mokosso was the winner of system President’s Faculty Excellence Award. His teaching and research interests include African and African-American, U. S., and World history. Dr. Mokosso is the author of numerous academic and non-academic books and scholarly articles in refereed journals.
|Dr. Romanus Ejiaga
Associate Professor and Director, Center for African and African American Studies
Dr. Ejiaga is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Africana Studies and guest editor for the Journal of Educational Management all of which are refereed journals. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum. Dr. Ejiaga has published two books and numerous articles in professional journals and is currently working on a book project titled: Dynamics of War and Diplomacy in Africa. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of African and African American and/or Black Diasporic experience, comparative civilizations and their contributions to the sum of human experience.
|Dr. Lenus Jack, Jr.
Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Southern University at New Orleans Race, Gender and Class(SUNO RGC) Project
Dr. Jack has been at SUNO since 1995, after teaching at Nicholls State University, Dillard University, Louisiana State University, Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Pittsburgh. For the past five summers he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Northern Iowa.
His research interests include the intersection of race, gender and class, violence in Louisiana and colonial Caribbean history. As founder of the SUNO RGC Project and Caribbean History Abroad, Dr. Jack proudly promoted seven RGC international conferences and hosted the first Undergraduate Caribbean Conference at Sea in 2010. His Caribbean history courses have inspired students to travel with him and write and publish about such historic and exotic places as Jamaica, Cozumel, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
|Dr. Felix James
Professor of History
Dr. James received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley State University, a master’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty at Southern University at New Orleans he taught at the following universities: Tuskegee University, University of New Orleans and since joining the faculty at SUNO he has serve as a Visiting Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been a member of many educational associations. In addition to his personal dedication as an educator, Dr. James is a humanitarian by his religious and community affiliations.