Faculty Achievements


  • Dr. Jas Sullivan, AAAS core faculty member, won the 2023 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Dr. Asha Winfield, AAAS affiliate faculty member, won the 2023 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award
  • Dr. Helen Regis, AAAS affiliate faculty member, won the 2023 Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award
  • Dr. Herman Kelly, AAAS instructor, won the 2023 George Deer Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Dr. Tina Harris, AAAS affiliate faculty member, won the 2023 Faculty Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mentoring Award
  • Dr. Raquel Robvais won both faculty awards from the LSU NAACP chapter for the 2022-2023 Academic Year! The Faculty Award goes to the faculty from AAAS who showcases excellence in teaching and mentoring! The Magnolia Award goes to the staff/faculty who supports the LSU student body to the fullest! Congrats Dr. Robvais!
  • Dr. Harris won the Francine Merritt for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication.
  • Dr. Lori Latrice Martin received the Black Student-Athlete Summit Athletic Leadership Award on January 6, 2021.
  • Dr. Solimar Otero has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in research, teaching, and service.
  • Dr. Sunny Yang received the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) fellowship!
  • Dr. Herman Kelly was chosen as a recipient of the Kumba Community Member/Organization Award as a part of the 2017-2018 LSU Black History Month Celebration by the LSU Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center.


  • Orock, Rogers: 'Munoz, Jose-Maria. Doing Business in Cameroon: An Anatomy of Economic Governance. Cambridge University Press,' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 1374-1375.' Dec. 2022.
  • Cava, Peter: Becoming Max, Athena, and Kristin: Transnormative Nationalism in Dark Angel, Battlestar Galactica, and the Chelsea Manning Controversy
  • Forde, E., Finley, S.C., and Martin, L.L. (2023). “Religion and Conciliation.” Issues in Race and Society. 11:  259-279. 
  • McDonald, M. and Martin, L.L. (2023).  “Wealth Matters: Home Ownership, Housing Values and the Model Minority Myth of Black Meccas in the New South, 1990-2016.  Issues in Race and Society. 11: 117-152. 
  • Sarah Franzen, The Relation Between Race, Land, and Kinship in the Southern US and Barbados. Antipode.
  • AAAS cosponsored an event with LSU Athletics feature Princeton professor, Dr. Eddie Glaude. Watch Dr. Glaude’s powerful commentary.
  • Ife, Fahima. Has two poems in the Interim special issue "On Black Aliveness" edited by Ronaldo V. Wilson. The issue is freely available online. Scroll down to the "Black Experiment" section and click on fahima ife https://www.interimpoetics.org/
  • Keating, K.S., Becker, S., Davis, I., Chandler, T., Slack, T., and Beedasy, J. 2020. Families Coping with Financial Loss Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Family Relations. 69(5): 887-906.
  • Gray, B.M., Finley, S.C., and Martin, L.L. (2019). High Tech Lynching: White Virtual Mobs and University Administrators as Policing Agents in Higher Education. Issues in Race and Society. 8:147-176. Published 2020.
  • Gray, B.M., Finley, S.C., & Martin, L.L. (2020). “The Soul of White Folk”: Race, Affect, and Religion in the Religion of White Rage.” In Finley, S.C., Gray, B.M., and Martin, L.L. (Eds). The Religion of White Rage. (1-26). Edinburgh University Press.
  • Martin, L.L. (2020). “American (Un) Civil Religion, the Defense of the White Worker, and Responses to NFL Protests. In Finley, S.C., Gray, B.M., and Martin, L.L. (Eds). The Religion of White Rage. (73-84). Edinburgh University Press.
  • Martin, L.L., Finley, S.C., and Gray, B.M. (2020). “ Race, Religion, and Labor Studies: The Way Forward.” In Finley, S.C., Gray, B.M., and Martin, L.L. (Eds). The Religion of White Rage. (227-239). Edinburgh University Press.
  • Martin, L.L. (Editor). (2020). Introduction to Africana Demography. Brill.
  • Finley, S.C., Green, D., Martin, L.L. & Rovaris, D. (Forthcoming). Lifting as We Climb. Western Journal of Black Studies.
  • Finley, S.C. and Martin, L.L. (2017). The Complexity of Color and the Religion of Whiteness. In Martin, L.L., Horton, H.D., Herring, C., Keith, V. and M. Thomas. (Eds.). Color Struck. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 179-195.

Links to Faculty Books

Other News

  • Dr. Rogers Orock Organized and Presented at the following Conferences and Workshops in 2023: ‘Villages et démocraties en Afrique : réinventer pour l’innovations démocratique.’  Invited presentation at the “Séminaire de recherche et formation « Democracy Curriculum » (sponsored by Fondation de l’Innovation pour la Démocratie), Gorée Institute, Dakar, Sénégal, August 8th – 15th 2023; ‘Aliens, Blackness, and Race in Credo Mutwa’s Narrative History of African Esotericism: African Traditional Beliefs or Conspiracy Theorizing?’ Invited presentation at the “Esotericism and Race” Workshop, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, July 16th – 17th 2023 (virtual); The New “Magic” of Power? Freemasonry and Postcolonial Homophobia in Central Africa,’ Africana Studies Guest Lecture, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, March 20th 2023.
  • Drs. Stephen Finley and Lori Martin's 2022 book publications were celebrated with a book signing event at LSU Barnes & Noble. Thier 2022 books are linked above.
  • Drs. Cassandra Chaney and Sonja Wiley introduced a resolution to the Faculty Senate regarding requiring all students to complete AAAS 2000 prior to graduation. The idea for the resolution was initiated by the Black Student Athlete Association at LSU and supported by AAAS and a university-wide committee on a diversity required course. Drs. Stephen C. Finley and Lori Latrice Martin were members of the university-wide committee.
  • The LSU Board of Supervisors recently approved the independent BA in AAAS.
  • Dr. Lori Latrice Martin is part of the LSU President/Chancellor Selection Committee.
  • Dr. Finley held the Executive Director position of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR).
  • Dr. Martin is President of Research for ABIS. The organization, which launched in September 2020, is dedicated to addressing racial inequities in sports.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Petra Robinson for receiving tenure.
  • Congrats to Dr. Bryan McCann on being promoted to an associate professor with tenure.