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Full Time Faculty and Joint Appointments

Robin Chapdelaine

Assistant Professor

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of History & Center for African Studies

College Hall 605
Phone: 412.396.4759


Ph.D. Women's & Gender History, African History, Rutgers University, 2014
M.A., History, Rutgers University, 2012

Dr. Robin P. Chapdelaine is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University in the History Department and the Center for African Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Women's and Gender history and African history at Rutgers University. Dr. Chapdelaine's research focuses on child trafficking in West Africa. Her work aims to encourage scholars and activists to seek out and understand the historical legacies that lead to current day child trafficking.

Plaxedes Chitiyo

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Center for Environmental Research & Education and Center African Studies

339E Fisher Hall
Phone: 412-396-4094


Ph.D., Environmental Resources and Policy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014
M.S., Biology, Tennessee Technological University, 2006
B.S., Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Africa University, Zimbabwe, 2001

Dr. Plaxedes Chitiyo is a Visiting Assistant Professor with a joint appointment at the Center for Environmental Research & Education and African Studies at Duquesne University. She has diverse international professional experience, which includes working as community development coordinator for a development agency, research assistant in plant biology and soil science laboratories as well as a Geography instructor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Chitiyo's research interests are sustainable agriculture in developed and developing regions, urban green spaces, sustainability, and community development. She is also interested in the complexities of agriculture policy impact on development of alternative agriculture in Africa.