Chair

    • Thomas F. DeFrantz
    • Professor of African & African American Studies and Dance
    • Born a Hoosier, my work focuses on theories of African diaspora aesthetics, intersections of dance and technology, and dance historiography. I write articles and essays about black dance in the United States, as they are practiced in the US and in global contexts. My research group, SLIPPAGE, is in residence at Duke, and we work to create innovate ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Stephen W Smith
    • Professor of the Practice
    • Smith graduated in anthropology at the Sorbonne in Paris and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from Berlin’s Free University. The former deputy editor of the foreign desk at Le Monde and, previously, Africa editor of LibĂ©ration, he worked for many years as traveling correspondent in Africa for Reuters and Radio France International. He is the (co-)author ...
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Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies

    • Thomas F. DeFrantz
    • Professor of African & African American Studies and Dance
    • Born a Hoosier, my work focuses on theories of African diaspora aesthetics, intersections of dance and technology, and dance historiography. I write articles and essays about black dance in the United States, as they are practiced in the US and in global contexts. My research group, SLIPPAGE, is in residence at Duke, and we work to create innovate ...
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies