Alene Barnes, Ph.D., is a native of Buffalo, New York, where she received a B.A. degree in Black Studies, as well as an M.A. in Communications and her doctorate in Intercultural Communications, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Having over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Barnes is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University.
To this department, she has introduced to the curriculum a number of courses titled, "The African American Family in Historical Perspective," "The Black Woman: American Historical Perspectives," "Black Folk Tradition," and most recently, "The African American Woman in Contemporary Society." She also team taught "Perspectives in Black Health" with the late Ernest Stewart, M.D.
Dr. Barnes has authored several publications related to the Pan-African experience and has been a guest lecturer both nationally and internationally, speaking in various cities in the U.S., as well as Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, the Pacific and Caribbean. Her specialty topics are the Black Family and the Black Woman as she pursues her mission- to commit herself to a movement working with international grass roots organizations to eliminate oppressive forces on women and the Pan-African community.
Dr. Alene Barnes is a promoter of culture identity as a powerful tool for Pan-African unity and loves to travel and experience peoples of diverse cultural backgrounds.