Executive Committee & Faculty Affiliates (2015-16)

Faculty Director

Caroline M. Elkins
Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies; Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

Research Interests: Late colonial Kenya and the Mau Mau emergency; post-conflict resolution; violence and memory; Christianity; and empire.

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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

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

Jacqueline Bhabha
Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (HSPH); Director, Harvard’s Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer on Law (HLS) Law

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

Suzanne Blier
Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) History of Art and Architecture, African and African American Studies

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

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

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

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

(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

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

(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

Deborah D. Foster
Director of Studies for Special Concentrations; Senior Lecturer on Folklore and Mythology (FAS)

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

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor (FAS)

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

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

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.

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

Biodun Jeyifo
Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature (FAS)

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

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)

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

Ann Marie Lipinski
Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism

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.

Marcyliena Morgan
Professor of African and African American Studies; Executive Director of the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute

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

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

Research Interests: African languages and linguistics

Nathan Nunn
Professor of Economics (FAS)

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

Kay Kaufman Shelemay
G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) (On leave 2015-16 academic year)

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

Lucie White
Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law (HLS)

(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


Faculty Affiliates

Leila N. Ahmed
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity (HDS) Women’s Studies in Religion

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.

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

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

Robert H. Bates
Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS) Government

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

Theresa Betancourt
Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights (HSPH); Director, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsGlobal Health and Development

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

David Bloom
Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography (HSPH) Global Health and Population

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

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
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


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; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute History

Research Interests: Comparative slavery and race relations

Sarah Dryden-Peterson
Assistant Professor of Education (HGSE)

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

Christopher Duggan
Professor in the Department of Nutrition (HSPH); Associate Professor of Pediatrics (HMS) Nutrition

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

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)

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

Susan Farbstein
Clinical Professor (HLS) Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic

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.


Paul Farmer
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine; Chief, Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Partners In Health
Wafaie W. Fawzi
Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health (HSPH)

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

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

Christopher D. Golden
Research Associate, Department of Environmental Health and Visiting Scientist, Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health Harvard University Center for the Environment
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Michael Hiscox
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs (FAS)

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

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

Bassey E. Irele
Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Collection Development Department Harvard College Library – Widener Library

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

Ousmane Oumar Kane
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society; Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (FAS) Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

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

Michael Kremer
Gates Professor of Developing Societies and Professor of Economics (FAS)

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

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)

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

Gwyneth McClendon
Assistant Professor Government and Social Studies

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

George Paul Meiu
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies

Research Interests: The intersections of ethnicity, sexuality and political economy in postcolonial Africa

Ingrid Monson
Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music (FAS)

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

Nawal Nour
Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine (HMS)

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

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

(On leave 2015-16 academic year)

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

Phuong Pham
Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH) Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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.

Mindy Roseman
Lecturer on Law; Academic Director of the Human Rights Program

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

Christian Tryon
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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

Michael VanRooyen
Professor of Medicine (HMS); Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH) Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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

Patrick Vinck
Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH) Director, Program on Peach and Human Rights, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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