J. Marlena Edwards

J. Marlena Edwards

Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History

Phone: (814) 865-8719


Area(s) of Specialization: African diaspora, Migration and Immigration, Race and Ethnicity


J. Marlena Edwards, assistant professor of African American studies and history, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Africana Research Center at Penn State after earning a dual-major Ph.D. in African American and African Studies and History from Michigan State University. Her research interests include multiethnic African American identities, Cape Verdean and Afro-Caribbean migration, U.S. Immigration, and African diaspora histories. She’s working on her first book documenting West Indian and Cape Verdean Immigrant communities and their lives after whaling in early twentieth century New England.