Executive Committee & 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)

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

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Work Phone: 617.495.2568
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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

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

History Work Phone: 617.496.3684 Website: Visit Website
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Jacqueline Bhabha

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (HSPH)

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

Harvard’s Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsLaw Work Phone: 617.384.7743
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Suzanne Blier

Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Art and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

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

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
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Lawrence D. Bobo

W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences (FAS)

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

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on RaceSociology, African and African American Studies Work Phone: 617.495.3812 Website: Visit Website
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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

Work Phone: 617.496.2519
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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

(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

Work Phone: 617.496.2658
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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

Work Phone: 617.495.8056
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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)

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

Work Phone: 617.496.5468
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Sue Goldie

Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health Director, Harvard Global Health Institute Director, Center for Health Decision Science

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.

Department of Health Policy and Management Home Phone: 617.432.2010
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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

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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.

Work Phone: 617.384.9418
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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)

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

Work Phone: 617.496.8127
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Ann Marie Lipinski

Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

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. 

Nieman Foundation for Journalism Work Phone: (617) 496-8870
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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

Research Interests: African languages and linguistics

Work Phone: 617.496.4995
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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

Home Littauer Center M-29 Cambridge MA 02138 Work Phone: 617.496.4958 Website: Full Bio
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Kay Kaufman Shelemay

G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

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

Work Phone: 617.495.4008
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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

Work Phone: 617.495.4633
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Faculty Affiliates

Leila N. Ahmed

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity (HDS)

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.

Women’s Studies in Religion Other Harvard Divinity School 45 Francis Avenue Cambridge MA 02138 Work Phone: 617.496.5316
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Ali Asani

Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion, Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

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

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
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Robert H. Bates

Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

(On leave Fall 2014)

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

Government Work Phone: 617.496.8237 Website: Visit Website
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Theresa Betancourt

Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights (HSPH)

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

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
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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David Bloom

Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography (HSPH)

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

Global Health and Population Other 665 Huntington Avenue Boston MA 02115 Work Phone: 617.432.0866
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Jessica Cohen

Assistant Professor of Global 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

 

Public Health
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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

Research Interests: Comparative slavery and race relations

History
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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

Work Phone: 617.495.8142 Website: http://sarahdrydenpeterson.com/
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Christopher Duggan

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

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

Nutrition Other Division of GI/Nutrition Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue Boston MA 02115 Work Phone: 617.355.7612
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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)

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

Work Phone: 617.432.2334
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Susan Farbstein

Assistant Clinical Professor (HLS)

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.

 

Clinical Director, Human Rights Program Home Phone: 617.495.4589 Website: Human Rights Program
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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

Work Phone: 617.432.2086
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Gunther Fink

Assistant Professor of International Health Economics

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

Global Health and Population
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Michael Hiscox

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs (FAS)

(On leave Fall 2014)

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

Work CGIS Knafel Building 1737 Cambridge Street, Room 208 Cambridge MA 02138 Work Phone: 617.495.2605 Website: Personal Website
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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

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Bassey E. Irele

Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Collection Development Department

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

Harvard College Library – Widener Library Work Phone: 617.495.3559
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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

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

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Work Phone: 617.496.8508
Categories: Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Michael Kremer

Gates Professor of Developing Countries and Professor of Economics (FAS)

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

Work Phone: 617.495.9145
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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)

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

Work Phone: 617.384.5661
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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Gwyneth McClendon

Assistant Professor

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

Government and Social Studies Work Phone: 617-496-1515
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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)

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

Work Phone: 617.495.2791
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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

Work Phone: 617.732.4740
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Jacob K. Olupona

Professor of African Religious Traditions (HDS); Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)

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

Work Phone: 617.496.0354
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Phuong Pham

Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population (HSPH)

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.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Work Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 14 Story Street Cambridge MA 02138 Website: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
Categories: Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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

Work Harvard Law School WCC 3120 Work Phone: 617.495.6912
Categories: Harvard Center for African Studies (Faculty)
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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)

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

Director, Program on Vulnerable Populations, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Work Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 14 Story Street Cambridge MA 02138 Website: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
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