African and African-American Studies


Faculty: Lise Esdaile

Lise Esdaile graduated summa cumme laude from Hunter College with a degree in English and Women's Studies. She is working on her dissertation, which focuses on womanist detectives in African-American literature.
Her areas of specialiazation are African-American literature and theory, as well as women's and cinema studies. She currently teaches courses in the African and African American, English, and LEH departments, as well as in the Freshman Year Initiative Program.

She was the recipient of the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, and is a co-founder and past co-chair of the Africana Studies Group at the CUNY Graduate Center. She created the Africana Studies Group listserv, a place for discussion and networking that continues to serve scholars in the field.  In 2000, she organized a subcommittee to create and institute a Concentration in Africana Studies at The Graduate Center, which was approved by the Graduate Council in 2004. In 2004, she organized and chaired a national conference on Black Feminisms at the Graduate Center.

Maybe the truest thing to be said about racism is that it represents a profound failure of the imagination.
--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Last modified: May 9, 2012

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