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Staff

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

Caroline Elkins is Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and Faculty Director of Harvard’s Center for African Studies and Committee on Ethnic Studies. She received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2006. She is a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. She and her research have been the subjects of a BBC documentary titled “Kenya: White Terror,” which won the International Red Cross Award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival. She has held numerous fellowships and awards including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Scholars, Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Carr Center for Human Rights, and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Categories: CAS Staff Leadership (Carrie and John w Bios)
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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

John M. Mugane is the Director of the African Language program in the Department of African and African American Studies. He is a linguist specializing in African languages and is the Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures at Harvard University. Mugane has been the Director of the language program since 2003 developing the teaching of African languages and cultures. Mugane received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, Tucson (1997) and his M.A. in Linguistics from Ohio University (1991). A graduate of Kenyatta University in Kenya, B.Ed. in Languages, Literature, and Linguistics (1987), he also earned an M.A. in International Affairs, African Studies (1991) at Ohio University. Mugane’s current projects include the Africa’s Sources of Knowledge Digital Library (ASK-DL) and the Enhanced Language Instruction for African Studies (ELIAS).  Download CV.

Categories: CAS Staff Leadership (Carrie and John w Bios), Faculty
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Susan Cook
Executive Director
Work Phone: 617.384.5273

Susan Cook is Executive Director of Harvard’s Center for African Studies. Cook’s fourteen years in Africa include teaching and curriculum development in Botswana, research on the immediate aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and most recently, serving as Research Executive in the Royal Bafokeng Nation in South Africa. Cook has published widely on traditional leadership in Africa, the anthropology of the corporation, urban hybrid languages, and comparative genocide. Cook was Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pretoria, Visiting Assistant Professor for Research at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University. Cook earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University, and her B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University.

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Staff)
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Erin Linn
Communications Officer

Erin Linn is Communications Officer for the Center for African Studies. A trained heritage professional, with an M.A. in Archaeology from University College London, and an M.A. in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University Australia, she has worked at the Museum of London as well as on heritage management projects in Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and the US. Erin’s most recent appointment was with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research as an Administrative Assistant.

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Staff)
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Maggie Lopes
Operations Manager
Work Phone: 617.496.2712

Maggie Lopes is Operations Manager for the Center for African Studies. She assists in overseeing all Center projects and programs, knowledge management systems, and manages the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program. Maggie worked for the Namibian Ministry of Education on information and communication technology (ICT) programs, and later, as the Namibia Country Director for WorldTeach. She was subsequently appointed as WorldTeach’s Director of Programs, overseeing programs in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Maggie holds an M.A. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a B.S. in International Business and Political Science.

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Staff)
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Barbara Matteau
Financial Administrator
Work Phone: 617.496.5191

Barbara Matteau is the Center for African Studies’ Financial Administrator. Previously, she was an Administrative Manager at the Harvard Medical School. Barbara holds a B.A. in English from Salem State University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Dramatic Arts from Harvard University

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Staff)
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Nthatisi Quella
Student Support Officer

Nthatisi Quella is the Center for African Studies’ Student Support Officer. Originally from Lesotho, Nthatisi has a decade’s worth of experience in secondary and higher education in Africa, student programming, and evaluation. Nthatisi is responsible for the administration of the Center’s student grants, internship programs, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and student group support. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the National University of Lesotho, and a Master of Education and Curriculum Development degree from the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Education in Johannesburg.

Categories: Harvard Committee on African Studies (Staff), Uncategorized
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Brendan Gerety
Events & Media Intern

Brendan Gerety is a sophomore at Bentley University studying Management. He hopes to expand his global knowledge in his future academic career through studying abroad and international coursework. At Bentley Brendan is involved in student government as well as the student newspaper, The Vanguard. Brendan assists the CAS team with events and programs, helping to develop marketing materials and conduct research.

Categories: Interns
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