Cheryl "Chaka" Mango Ph.D.

Cheryl "Chaka" Mango Ph.D.

History and Philosophy

Assistant Professor of History

Phone Number 804-524-5556

Office Phone Number Colson Hall, 101


Ph.D., History, Morgan State University, 2016

M.A., History, Louisiana Tech University, 2012

B.A. History, Grambling State University, 2009

B.A. Political Science, Grambling State University, 2009 

Research and Teaching Interest

American Presidents and Black colleges, federal and private funding to HBCUs, African diasporic historical narratives and social media, African diasporic history, African American history, twentieth-century U.S. history, public and archival history.

Founding Framer of the HBCU Studies Academic Discipline.

2021-23, Kettering Foundation Whisenton Public Scholars Fellow

Courses taught

  • HIST 492-Historical Pathways and Careers
  • HIST 392-Public History
  • HIST 381-Black Women’s History in the Americas
  • HIST 380-African Diasporic History
  • HIST 349-HBCU History
  • HIST 348-Islam in the African American Experience
  • HIST 347-Black Voices in American History
  • HIST 346-History of the Black Religious Experience
  • HIST 343-History of Black Education in the U.S.
  • HIST 341-African American History from 1865 to Present
  • HIST 340-African American History to 1865
  • HIST 275-History of Africa Since 1800
  • HIST 273-History of the Caribbean
  • HIST 243-Hip Hop History
  • HIST 123-U.S. History After 1865
  • HIST 115-World History Since 1500

Recent Scholarly Activity 

  • The HBCU Revolution: Desegregation, Disintegration, Collaboration, and Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Decision to Give Black Colleges their Own White House Office.” Journal of Federal History (Accepted and Forthcoming April 2022).  
  • “Black College Renaissance: My Decision to Create the First HBCU History Course and 2020 Proposal for Interdisciplinary HBCU Studies Curriculums, En Masse.” In The Significant Past, Present, and Future of HBCUs in a Globalizing World, edited by Alem Hailu, Mohamed Camara, and Sabella Abidde. (Accepted and Forthcoming).
  • Double-Edged Comb? Black YouTube, Black Natural Hair, and the Potential Decline of the African-American Beauty Shop” In Untangling the Knots of Identity: Afro Hair and Blackness edited by Benjamina Efua Dadzie and Marta Mezzanzanica (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, Accepted and Forthcoming).  
  • “A Critical Alliance: HBCUs and Reparations for Descendants of Enslaved American Africans.” In The Significant Past, Present, and Future of HBCUs in a Globalizing World, edited by Alem Hailu, Mohamed Camara, and Sabella Abidde (Accepted and Forthcoming 2021).  
  • “Black Radicalism, Black Consciousness, Black History, Black Liberation, Black YouTube: A New Age Revolution.” In From Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience, edited by Joshua Farrington and Gwen Graham (Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, 2020).   

Media Appearances  


Service Activity

  • History Club, Advisor
  • Campus Curlz, Inc. at VSU, Co-Advisor