LLC Core Faculty


Dr. Craig Saper, Graduate Program Director


RAMON GOINGS, Ed.D., Associate Professor

Black male student success in K-12 and Higher Education, diversifying the teacher and school leader workforce, adult learners in higher education, gifted education, minority serving institutions



CHRISTINE MALLINSON, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship

English language variation, language and educational inequality, the interface of sociolinguistics and sociology, research methodology



, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture



CRAIG SAPER, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director

E-literacy, e-publishing and online scholarship, history of reading and reading devices, networked writing, cultural and media theory and interventions 


TANYA SAUNDERS, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Afro-Latinx diasporic cultural studies, decolonial theory, Black Queer Artivism in Brazil, Cuban Underground Hip Hop, Black Modernity