Christel N. Temple

  • Chair, Associate Professor of Africana Studies


4148 Wesley W. Posvar Hall



  • BA, History, The College of William and Mary
  • MA, African American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • PhD, African American Studies, Temple University

Public Service (National/International) 

  • Specialist Reader for MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
  • Editorial Board member for Africalogical Perspectives
  • Executive Council member for DISA (Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement) which produces the annual Cheikh Anta Diop Conference in Philadelphia, PA
  • Book Review Editor for Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research
  • Executive Committee member for the annual Black Religion and Spirituality Conference of the Department of African and African American Studies, Michigan State University

Professional Affiliations

  • College Language Association (CLA)
  • National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
  • Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA)
  • Member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Black Studies

Recent Publications

  • Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).
  • Literary Spaces: Introduction to Comparative Black Literature (Carolina Academic Press, 2007).
  • "Communicating Race and Culture in the 21st Century: Discourse and the Post-Racial/Post-Cultural Challenge," Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 5, no. 1 (March 2010): 54-63.
  • "The Emergence of Sankofa Practice in the United States: A Modern History," Journal of Black Studies, 41, no. 1 (September 2010): 127-151.

Research Interests

  • African World Literature
  • Afrocentric Cultural and Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Black Cultural Mythology
  • Intersections of History and Literature
  • Theatre of African Americans and the Diaspora