Core Faculty

Stephen C. Finley

Dr. Finley

Inaugural Chair

PhD, Rice University
Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Philosophy and African & African American Studies
Phone: 225-578-7023
Office: 236 Coates Hall
Research Interests: African American Religious Traditions, African American Religious Thought , African American Religion and Esotericism, Religion and Psychoanalysis, Religion and Embodiment, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Religion in America

Thomas Durant 

Thomas Durant

PhD,  Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Awards & Honors
   Oxford University Round Table Selectee
   Outstanding Sociology Teaching Award
Area of Interest: Southern Culture; Criminology; Aging; Social Stratification; Ethnic Studies

Lori L. Martin

Dr. Lori Martin

PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
LSU Faculty Athletics Representative Lousiiana State University
Phone: 225-578-1856
Office: 132B Hodges Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Research Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Wealth Inequality, Asset Poverty, Sociology of Sport

Nikita Carney

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PhD: University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies
Research Interests: Race and Ethnicity; Gender; Migration; Culture

Jas Sullivan

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PhD, Indiana University
Professor of Political Science, African and African American Studies and the Department of Psychology
Phone: 225-578-7023
Office: 202 Stubbs Hall
Research Interests: African-American Politics, Voting Behavior, Political Psychology