University at Buffalo

Africa S. Hands (she/her)

Africa S. Hands

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Information Science; Access and Equity; Library Science; Higher Education; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods

Education and Training:
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, Information Systems (2018)
  • Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, Library and Information Science (2008)
  • Master of Arts, Golden Gate University, Applied Counseling Psychology (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Davis, Psychology
Awards and Honors:
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Scholar; East Carolina University, College of Education; 2022-05-09;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Crumb, L., Chambers, C., Azano, A., Hands, A., Cuthrell, K., & Avent, M. (2023). Rural cultural wealth: Dismantling deficit ideologies of rurality. Journal of Multicultural Education.
  • Rapchak, M., Hands, A., & Hensley, M. (2023). Moving toward equity: Experiences with ungrading. Journal of Library and Information Science.
  • Hands, A. (2022). Public libraries: Your partner in increasing college knowledge among nontraditional prospective students. Adult Learning.
  • Hands, A. (2021). Toward belonging and mutual hospitality: Decentering whiteness in the “new normal.” Reference Services Review.
  • Hands, A. (2020). Tapping into the assets of first-generation students during times of transition. Information and Learning Sciences.
Recent Presentations:
  • Hands, A. & Candela, R. (2022). Educating the “Middle”: Public Library Support of Sustainable Development Goal 4. Poster presented at the Association of Science and Information Technology 85th Annual Meeting.;
  • Hands, A. & Candela, R. (2022). Positing a role for public libraries in expanding higher education access. Presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference.;
  • Hands, A. & Candela, R. (2022). Supporting college-bound patrons in Central Appalachia. Presentation presented at the LibsWork Meeting on Workforce Development.;
  • Hands, A. & Candela, R. (2023). Public libraries: A viable partner for college access in Appalachia. Poster presented at the Appalachian Studies Association conference at Ohio University.;
Recent Grants:
  • Public Library Support of College Literacy in Appalachia; Federal; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Continuing; (09/01/2021-08/31/2024)
Recent Activities:
Professional Service:
  • Planning Committee, Virginia Tech Faculty Women of Color Academy
  • Past-Chair, ALA Library Research Round Table
  • Member, ALSC Batchelder Book Award Committee

Contact Information

Phone: 716-645-1412

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