His current book project is called At the Edge: The Mainstream of Contemporary U. S. Life as Criticized by Right and Left Extremes. Professor DeLeon served as the Director of the Graduate Program for the department, and in that capacity, and as an advisor in the U. S. field, he was involved in the completion of more than thirty graduate degrees.
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dr. Balaram Dey teaching interests included World Geography, Climate, Man & Environment, Geography of Black Diaspora, Hydrology, Remote Sensing, and Natural Conservation. His research interests included the application of remote sensing in climatology, hydrology, snow and Ice, environmental monitoring, and climate change.
Dr. Dey received research grants from: NSF, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, and the US Department of Education. He has sixty publications in the field of climatology, snow hydrology, environmental monitoring, agriculture, resource management, and ice dynamics. Dr. Dey taught World Geography; Climate, People & Environment; and Geography of Black Diaspora.
Professor of Geography
M.Sc. (NBU, 1965)
M.S. (Wisconsin, 1971)
Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
Previously a Professor of history and an Associate Provost, Professor Reidy was Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 1998 through 2001.
As the Editor and Acting Co-Director of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, College Park (1977-1984) he helped produce a series of prize-winning, edited books of documents with introductions and annotations in cooperation with a team of scholars.
Several volumes were produced over a number of years (1982-1998) and highlighted the actions of enslaved people, especially workers and soldiers, men and women, in the fight against slavery during the Civil War and after.
His other essays on the history of workers in the U. S. South have appeared in other collections and in the periodicals Agricultural History,Prologue: the Quarterly Journal of the National Archives and Records Administration, The Southern Review, Virginia Magazine of Biography and History,Slavery and Abolition, Southern Studies and Marxist Perspectives, and as chapters in other books. Professor Reidy also has served on the editorial board of the magazines Civil War History and The Filson Club Historical Quarterly.
The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, among others, have funded Professor Reidy's work. He won the Thomas Jefferson Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government three times, the Abraham Lincoln Prize of Gettysburg College, and the J. Franklin Jameson Outstanding Editorial Achievement Prize of the American Historical Association. His latest project is called "African American Sailors in the Civil War Navy," and it aims to identify the names of the 18,000 or so men of African ancestry who served in that war and to interpret their service.
Joseph P. Reidy
Professor of History
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Jeanne M. Toungara
Jeanne Maddox Toungara taught courses on contemporary Africa, the African Diaspora and Women in Africa. Her research focuses on Côte d'Ivoire and Francophone Africa. She is the recipient of several study and research awards (Fulbright Hays, NEH, West African Research Association,etc.) and training grants, including a US Institute for Peace grant for African women in the gender studies, conflict management, and peace building, and the UNCF grant for minority sophomore students in International Public Policy.
She has lectured for the State Department Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, served as a Public Member on Foreign Service promotions panels, and is a frequent visiting lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute. More recently, she served on the Democratization, Human Rights and Governance team contracted by the US Agency for International Development to prepare the 2015 five-year assessment report on Côte d'Ivoire.
As a former Assistant Provost for International Programs, she established several partnerships between Howard University and institutions in South Africa, and participated in IIE-sponsored outreach programs to Brazil. As a Fulbright Scholar Ambassador, she promotes faculty engagement abroad. She is a Salzburg Global Seminar alumna, a Mellon Foundation GlobalCitizenship Program fellow, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She earned BA, MA, and PhD degrees in African Studies and History at the University of California at Los Angeles.