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Faculty Affiliates (2014-15)

Faculty Director

Caroline M. Elkins
Director, Center for African Studies; Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.495.2568

Research Interests: Mau Mau Emergency and comparative reconciliation processes, late colonial empire, Kenya.  Download CV

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Executive Committee

Emmanuel K. Akyeampong
Harvard College Professor and Professor of History and of African and African American Studies (FAS); Senior Advisor for African Studies to the Vice Provost for International Affairs History
Work Phone: 617.496.3684 Website: Visit Website

Research Interests: History of sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa. Download CV

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Jacqueline Bhabha
Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (HSPH) Harvard's Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsLaw
Work Phone: 617.384.7743

Research Interests: Human Rights, childhood, and globalization.  Download CV

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Suzanne Blier
Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Art and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) History of Art and Architecture, African and African American Studies
Other Department of History of Art & Architecture Sackler Museum Harvard University 485 Broadway Cambridge MA 02138
Work Phone: 617.495.2377

Research Interests: West African art, Yoruba art, African architecture, Picasso and African societies. Download CV

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Lawrence D. Bobo
W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences (FAS) Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on RaceSociology, African and African American Studies
Work Phone: 617.495.3812 Website: Visit Website

Research Interests: Intersection of social inequality, politics, and race. Download CV

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Jean Comaroff
Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Fellow
Work Phone: 617.496.2519

(On leave Spring 2015)

Research interests: primarily conducted in southern Africa, has centered on processes of social and cultural transformation — the making and unmaking of colonial society, the nature of the postcolony, the late modern world viewed from the Global South.  Download CV

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John Comaroff
Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies
Work Phone: 617.496.2658

(On leave Spring 2015)

Research interests: His current research in South Africa is on crime, policing, and the workings of the state, on democracy and difference, and on postcolonial politics.  Download CV

Categories: Executive Committee, Faculty
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Deborah D. Foster
Director of Studies for Special Concentrations; Senior Lecturer on Folklore and Mythology (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.495.8056

Research Interests: Oral narrative performance especially among the Swahili, interface between oral and literary forms, dance traditions. Download CV

Categories: Executive Committee, Faculty
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research; Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.496.5468

Research Interests: African literature and theory, African cultural criticism. Download CV

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Sue Goldie
Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health Director, Harvard Global Health Institute Director, Center for Health Decision Science Department of Health Policy and Management
Home Phone: 617.432.2010

Research Interests: Improving women’s health in all parts of the world, using evidence-based policy to reduce global health inequities, building bridges between disciplines to tackle critical public health challenges, and fostering innovation in education.

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Evelynn Hammonds
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies

Research interests: history of scientific, medical, and sociopolitical concepts of race and sexuality, the history of disease and public health, gender in science and medicine, and African-American history. Download CV

Categories: Executive Committee, Faculty
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Biodun Jeyifo
Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.384.9418

Research Interests: African “Anglophone” literatures, theatrical theory and dramatic literature.  Download CV.

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Calestous Juma
Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Professor of the Practice of International Development (HKS)
Work Phone: 617.496.8127

Research Interests: Science, technology, and innovation policy; innovation and sustainability; biotechnology and public policy; and agricultural innovation. Download CV

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Ann Marie Lipinski
Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism
Work Phone: (617) 496-8870

Research Interests: As a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Lipinski was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for stories she did with two other reporters on corruption in the Chicago City Council. 

Categories: Executive Committee, Faculty
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Marcyliena Morgan
Professor of African and African American Studies

Research interests: the African Diaspora, identity and language in the USA, England, and the Caribbean. Download CV

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John M. Mugane
Director of the African Language Program; Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures (FAS), Director of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program
Work Phone: 617.496.4995

Research Interests: African languages and linguistics

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Nathan Nunn
Professor of Economics (FAS)
Home Littauer Center M-29 Cambridge MA 02138
Work Phone: 617.496.4958 Website: Full Bio

Research interests: long-term impact that historic events can have on current economic development; long-term adverse economic effects of Africa’s slave trades; importance of hold-up and incomplete contracting in international trade; importance of international factors for countries’ economic development. Download CV

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Kay Kaufman Shelemay
G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.495.4008

Research Interests: Ethnomusicology, musical  ethnography, Ethiopia and Ethiopian diaspora. Download CV

Categories: Executive Committee, Faculty
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Lucie White
Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law (HLS)
Work Phone: 617.495.4633

(On leave 2014-15 academic year)

Research Interests: Economic development with a focus on poverty alleviation and gender equity in sub-Saharan region; activist and social movement strategies for growth with equity; Right to Health, health finance, and social health insurance in sub-Saharan region with an emphasis on Ghana, where she has worked with students for the last decade. Download CV

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Leila N. Ahmed
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity (HDS) Women's Studies in Religion
Other Harvard Divinity School 45 Francis Avenue Cambridge MA 02138
Work Phone: 617.496.5316

Research Interests: Women and gender in Islam, feminism and Islam in America, and feminism and post-colonial thought. Download CV
Professor Ahmed’s latest book , A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America, is now available.

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Ali Asani
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion, Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies ProgramChair of Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Cultures, Committee on the Study of Religion
Other Barker Center 305, 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA 02138
Work Phone: 617.495.5755

Research Interests: Swahili language and literature, Islamic societies, devotional literature, Muslim literatures, arts in Africa. Download CV

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Robert H. Bates
Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) Government
Work Phone: 617.496.8237 Website: Visit Website

(On leave Fall 2014)

Research Interests: Politics, economic development, poverty and political transition, agricultural development and political violence. Download CV

Categories: Faculty, Harvard Committee on African Studies (Faculty)
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Theresa Betancourt
Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights (HSPH) Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsGlobal Health and Development
Other 651 Huntington Avenue FXB Building 7th Floor Boston MA 02115
Work Phone: 617.432.5003

Research Interests: The developmental and psychosocial consequences of concentrated adversity on children and families, resilience and protective processes in child development, child health and human rights, and applied cross-cultural mental health research. Download CV

Categories: Faculty, Harvard Committee on African Studies (Faculty)
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David Bloom
Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography (HSPH) Global Health and Population
Other 665 Huntington Avenue Boston MA 02115
Work Phone: 617.432.0866

Research Interests: Health, economics, demography, HIV/AIDS. Download CV

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Thomas Burke
Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Department of Emergency Medicine, MGH; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Founder and President, African Institute of Innovation and Technology; Chair, Ujenzi Charitable Trust Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, MGH; Division of General Pediatrics, Childrens' Hospital Boston; Harvard Medical School
Other Zero Emerson Place, Suite 104 Boston MA 02114
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Jessica Cohen
Assistant Professor of Global Health Public Health

Research Interests: Applying the methods of program design, randomized trials, and impact evaluation to maternal and child health programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa. She also has work on sustainable financing for public health programs and financing vehicles to reduce aid volatility. Download CV

 

Categories: Faculty, Harvard Committee on African Studies (Faculty)
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Alejandro de la Fuente
Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies and of History History

Research Interests: Comparative slavery and race relations

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Sarah Dryden-Peterson
Assistant Professor of Education (HGSE)
Work Phone: 617.495.8142 Website: http://sarahdrydenpeterson.com/

Research interests: migration, with a particular emphasis on refugee experiences, both in low-income countries (especially sub-Saharan Africa) and among immigrants with refugee backgrounds in the United States. Download CV

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Christopher Duggan
Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition (HSPH); Associate Professor of Pediatrics (HMS) Nutrition
Other Division of GI/Nutrition Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue Boston MA 02115
Work Phone: 617.355.7612

Research Interests: The nutritional management of acute and persistent diarrhea; micronutrient trials in developing countries to prevent diarrhea and respiratory Infections; general aspects of energy and protein metabolism in catabolic Diseases; the role of maternal and child nutrition on neurodevelopment outcomes. Download CV

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Myron (Max) Essex
Chair of the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership; Chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative; Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences (HSPH)
Work Phone: 617.432.2334

Research Interests: Human retroviruses, virus evolution, vaccine design, drug resistance, and molecular determinants of transmission efficiency Download CV

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Susan Farbstein
Assistant Clinical Professor (HLS) Clinical Director, Human Rights Program
Home Phone: 617.495.4589 Website: Human Rights Program

Research interests: Transitional Justice and Societies in Transition; Human Rights in Southern Africa; Clinical Legal Education and Pedagogy; Community Lawyering in the International Context; Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts, including under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act.

 

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Wafaie W. Fawzi
Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health (HSPH)
Work Phone: 617.432.2086

Research Interests: International nutrition and epidemiology, Sudan and Tanzania. Download CV

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Gunther Fink
Assistant Professor of International Health Economics Global Health and Population

Research interests: ongoing anti-malaria initiative in Zambia, early childhood development issues. Download CV

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Michael Hiscox
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs (FAS)
Work CGIS Knafel Building 1737 Cambridge Street, Room 208 Cambridge MA 02138
Work Phone: 617.495.2605 Website: Personal Website

(On leave Fall 2014)

Research interests: international trade, foreign investment, immigration, development, and private sector standards for ethical and environmentally responsible practices.  Download CV.

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Michael Hooper
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Research interests: the politics of land use and urbanization, participatory planning and governance, and urban dimensions of international development. Download CV

Categories: Faculty, Harvard Committee on African Studies (Faculty)
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Bassey E. Irele
Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Collection Development Department Harvard College Library - Widener Library
Work Phone: 617.495.3559

Collection development of library resources on sub-Saharan Africa in Humanities and Social Sciences

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Ousmane Oumar Kane
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society with a joint appointment as Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Work Phone: 617.496.8508

Research Interests:  the history of Islamic religious institutions and organizations since the eighteenth century, and the documentation the intellectual history of Islam in Africa. 

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Faculty)
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Michael Kremer
Gates Professor of Developing Countries and Professor of Economics (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.495.9145

Research Interests: education and health, water, and agriculture in developing countries. Download CV

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Jennifer Leaning
Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (HSPH); Associate Professor of Medicine (HMS)
Work Phone: 617.384.5661

Research Interests: Public health, medical ethics, early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. Download CV

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Gwyneth McClendon
Assistant Professor Government and Social Studies
Work Phone: 617-496-1515

Research Interests: comparative political behavior, political representation, ethnic politics and human rights, with regional foci in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Download CV

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George Paul Meiu
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies

Research interests: the intersections of ethnicity, sexuality and political economy in postcolonial Africa

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Ingrid Monson
Acting Dean of Humanities (2010-2011); Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Supported by the Time Warner Endowment (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.495.2791

Research Interests: Music of the African Diaspora, jazz, African American Music, music of Mali, cultural theory and ethnomusicology.  Download CV.

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Nawal Nour
Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine (HMS)
Work Phone: 617.732.4740

Research Interests: female circumcision/female genital cutting, global women’s health, general obstetrics and gynecology, African immigrant and refugee. Download bio

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Jacob K. Olupona
Professor of African Religious Traditions (HDS); Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)
Work Phone: 617.496.0354

Research Interests: African spirituality and ritual practices, spirit possession, Pentecostalism, Yoruba festivals, animal symbolism, icons, phenomenology, and religious pluralism in Africa and the America

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Phuong Pham
Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH) Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Work Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 14 Story Street Cambridge MA 02138

Research interest: applications of epidemiologic research method and information technology in complex emergency settings. Pham has extensive experiences in designing and implementing research and technology solutions in on-going and post-confliction countries such northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq, Cambodia and other areas affected by mass violence.

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Mindy Roseman
Lecturer on Law; Academic Director of the Human Rights Program
Work Harvard Law School WCC 3120
Work Phone: 617.495.6912

Research interests: gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health, population policy, and human rights. Download CV

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Christian Tryon
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Research interests: eastern Africa, the co-variation of ancient environments and human behavior. Download CV

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Michael VanRooyen
Professor of Medicine (HMS); Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH)

Research Interests: Problems of international human rights and humanitarian law, humanitarian crises, and medical ethics in practical settings of disasters and emergencies.

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Patrick Vinck
Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH) Director, Program on Vulnerable Populations, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Work Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 14 Story Street Cambridge MA 02138

Research interests: social reconstruction in countries affected by mass violence.  

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