College of Letters & Sciences
Race and Ethnic Studies

Race & Ethnic Studies Program

Contact Information

Pilar Melero
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-3173
Location: Laurentide 4229

Mary Alkons
Academic Department Associate  
Phone: (262) 472-1042
Location: Laurentide 4233

Faculty Directory & Bios

Paul Adogamhe, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (262) 472-2634
Office Location: LT 5118 - Political Science Department

Paul AdogamheDr. Paul G. Adogamhe joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1996 and is a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds M. Phil./Ph.D. degrees in Political Science/International Relations from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; his doctoral dissertation was on Nigeria/OPEC Relations: Analysis of Nigeria's Foreign Policy Behavior,1983-1986". Dr. Adogamhe is an active teacher/scholar in his area of specialty. Aside from the contributions to edited volumes; his articles have been published in the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (NJIA), African Integration Review, Poverty and Public Policy, the Journal of Energy and Development, and the Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies, among others. His research interests include Nigeria's foreign relations, issues of poverty and economic development in Nigeria, Pan-Africanism, and UN reforms. He has obtained a number of awards and fellowships including a Post-Doctoral Chancellor's Fellowship (1995-1996), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (1998), the University of Wisconsin System Institute for Global Studies Fellowship (1999-2002), a University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellowship (2002-2003), and a Whitewater Teaching Scholar grant (2003-2004). He teaches African/African-American Politics, International Organizations and Global Issues, International Political Economy, Politics of Development and Environment, and Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Dr. Adogamhe, who also teaches diversity courses in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, endeavors to promote innovative and effective pedagogy in order to help Whitewater students appreciate and integrate the value of diversity into their lives.  He believes that as the United States becomes an increasingly diverse society in the 21st century, we must not only engage our students to appreciate the value of diversity but also to help them deal adequately with the world in which they will both live and work. Other interests include playing tennis, reading and travelling.

Lloyd Binagi, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (262) 472-1542
Office Location: LT 5227 - Department of History

 Dr. Lloyd Binagi first came to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1982.  He has a Master's in Mass Communication, a Master's in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations and Political Theory. He also holds a Ph.D in history with an emphasis on Africa and African Americans.  He teaches in the History Department and in Race and Ethnic Cultures. His courses include Introduction to Black Culture, Modern Black American History, Introduction to African History and Current Issues in Black Studies and Humanities.  Binagi has served as an advisor for the Black Student Union, and is currently advising the African Student Association. He has coordinated travel studies to Jamaica and Puerto Rico and he started the first travel study to Jamaica and Puerto Rico with Dr. Elizabeth Ogunsola and Dr. Nelia Olivencia in 1994. Dr. Binagi is the recipient of the Blue Key Award.

C. Holly Denning
Office Phone: (262) 472-5777
Office Location: LT 2123 - Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

C. Holly DenningC. Holly Denning is in her 10th year as an academic staff instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She also teaches for the Race and Ethnic Studies Program. She is completing a doctoral program in Sociology at Boston College where she received her M.A in 1993 in social justice. Her research interests include applying restorative justice models to social and environmental disasters.  She has published on Hurricane Katrina, environmental racism and restorative and community justice.  She was instrumental in setting up a Peace and Justice Studies minor at UWW and she is a co-coordinator for Earth Week events.  She teaches Individual and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations , African American Community, American Indian Studies, Introduction to Peace and Social Justice, Environmental Sociology, Gender, Ethnicity and the Environment, and Restorative Justice.

Pilar Melero, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (262) 472-3173
Office Location: LT 4229

Pilar MeleroDr. Pilar Melero is a professor, researcher, writer and journalist. She has published two books, From Mythic Rocks. Voces del Malpais (Fiction) and La Casa de Esperanza. A History. The latter is the first written account of the history of Latin@s in Southeastern Wisconsin. Her short stories, poetry, and research has appeared in journals and books in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, such as Nimrod (University of Tulsa), Identidades (Puerto Rico), Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Heritage (Houston), Speaking desde las heridas (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) and, most recently, Ventana avierta (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Arenas blancas, (New Mexico State University). Her research interests include the history and literature of and by Women and U.S. Latin@s. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; and has worked as a journalist for newspapers in Wisconsin and Texas. She was a community columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for seven years. She has an MA in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Ph.D in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she has taught Spanish language, culture and literature for 10 years; as well as Chican@ and U.S. Latin@ literature. She is the Coordinator of Race and Ethnic Studies. She was UW-Whitewater Administrative Fellow (2012-2013). Among her awards are a University of Wisconsin System Women of Color in Education Award, a UW-Whitewater Women of Color in Education Award, as well as a "You Make a Difference" award and several other awards recognizing her work with students. She was also inducted into the Waukesha South High School Wall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of her work as a writer, professor and journalist. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, walking, photography, food, as well as time with her family and friends.

Geneva Cobb Moore, Professor, Doctor of Arts in English (University of Michigan)
Office Phone: (262) 472-5059
Office Location: LT 3273 - Department of Languages & Literatures

Geneva MooreDr. Geneva Cobb Moore is a Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program.  As a Fulbright scholar, she taught American and African-American literature at the University of Ghana.  She has published essays and book reviews in Black Scholar, the Oxford Companion to African-American Literature, Auto/Biography Studies, Southern Literary Journal, and Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries. Dr. Moore is an advisor for Gale's Literature of Autobiographical Narrative. "MATERNAL METAPHORS OF POWER IN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE:  FROM PHILLIS WHEATLEY TO TONI MORRISON is now published by the University of South Carolina Press, 2017, and is now available on Amazon and Google as well as USC Press."

Larry Neuman, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (262) 472-1093
Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

Larry NeumanDr. Larry Neuman lived his first 13 years in Philadelphia PA, but the remainder has been in the Midwest -- about ten years in rural Indiana and the past 40 years in Madison, WI. He discovered sociology in 1969 and never left it.  He got his Bachelor's degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the years, he has taught individual & society, principles of sociology, social problems, urban sociology, social change/globalization, social stratification and inequality, Asian-Americans, research methods, race & ethnicity in comparative perspective, sociology of Pacific Asia, political sociology, contemporary Japanese society, and immigration issues.  He lived in Japan for a year and coordinates the Asian Studies program. He served as advisor for two student organizations, Southeast Asian Organization and International Students Organization. He led study tours to Asia about 10 times and been a host family for several international students. When not at UW-Whitewater, he lives quietly with my wife, a high school English teacher.  Hobbies include serious drama at professional theatres, listening to jazz and classical music, international travel, cooking/eating ethnic foods, jogging and biking, walking hand-in-hand on the beach, watching beautiful sunsets, and a passion for social justice.

Melizabeth Santos

Melizabeth SantosMelizabeth Santos began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Fall 2013 semester.  Her background is Latin American and Latino history and her research is in issues of education for Latinos.  Specifically, she researches access to higher education for second generation Latinos.  She is teaching Chicano History and Chicano Studies.  When not teaching or researching, she likes to read or try out a new global cuisine recipe.

Chandra D.L. Waring, Ph.D
Office Phone: (262) 472-1847
Office Location: LT 2127 - Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

Chandra WaringDr. Chandra D.L. Waring's interests are race (specifically, biracials), gender, family, media and pedagogy. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2013. She teaches principles of sociology, race and ethnic relations, social problems, and minority and multiracial families.  She received the Sociologists for Women in Society Chow-Green Dissertation Award, the Association of Black Sociologists Student Paper Competition 1st Place Winner, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems Graduate Student Paper 1st Place Winner.  Her publications include "They See Me as Exotic...That Intrigues Them:" Gender, Sexuality and the Racially Ambiguous Body" in Race, Gender & Class and "Hopping on the Tips of a Trident:  Two Graduate Students of Color Reflect on Teaching Critical Content at Predominately White Institutes" in Feminist Teacher with Dr. Samit D. Bordoloi.  She is currently working as a Guest Editor for Sociological Imagination on an issue that critically examines the experiences of professors, graduate students and undergraduate students of color in academia.  To relax and rejuvenate, she enjoys attending plays and concerts, reading, traveling, crocheting, painting, exploring the great treasures of Wisconsin and spending time with friends and family.