PITTSBURGH—Christel N. Temple was recently appointed chairperson for the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Africana Studies.

An associate professor of Africana Studies at Pitt since 2010, Temple’s research interests and endeavors focus on Black cultural mythology, African world literature, and the intersections of history and literature.

Combining the social sciences with the humanities, Pitt’s Department of Africana Studies critically examines the societies and people of Africa and African descent, and their relationships to the world. Through production, interpretation and the application of knowledge, the department urges students to participate in research, development, and aesthetic initiatives that promote constructive change in African and African American communities.

“The discipline of Africana Studies has experienced half a century of growth since its formal origins in the 1960’s. Here at Pitt, the discipline stands as a site of academic, cultural, and sociopolitical vitality and relies on alliances with multiple schools of thought, working in tandem to advance the best interests of people of African descent and all of Humanity,” said Temple. “I am honored by this appointment, and I look forward to working with our dedicated faculty members and further growing the university and community partnerships that contribute to our mission.”

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