Staff

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Susan Cook

Executive Director

Sue Cook is the Executive Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies. Trained as a linguistic anthropologist and comparative genocide scholar, Sue has worked extensively in South Africa (with the Royal Bafokeng Nation), Cambodia (with the Cambodian Genocide Program), Botswana, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. She has held academic appointments at Yale, Brown, and the University of Pretoria. Her interests include mine-community relations in Africa, traditional leadership, urban language varieties, and sports and development. She is the author of The Business of Being Bafokeng: Corporatization in a Tribal Authority in South Africa, Performing Royalty in Contemporary Africa (with Rebecca Hardin) and Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda: New Perspectives (ed.).

Work Phone: 617.384.5273
Categories: CAS Executive Directors, Harvard Center for African Studies Employees
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Raenette Gottardo

Executive Director, South Africa Office

Raenette Taljaard is the Executive Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies, South Africa Office. A Member of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (1999-2005) and a former Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa (2011-2015), Raenette also served as Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation (2006-2009) She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Yale World Fellow, and a ALI Aspen Institute Fellow. Her first book ‘Up in Arms’ (2012) was published by Jacana. Raenette taught Public Policy and International Relations at the University of Cape Town from 2010-2015. She has a BA (Law) and an MA from the University of Johannesburg, and a MSc from the London School of Economics.

Center for African Studies Work Phone: (27) 076-472-5762
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Margie Jenkins

Executive Assistant & Events Coordinator

Margie Jenkins coordinates the Center’s events as well as provides assistance to the Executive Director.  She brings over 30 years’ experience as a senior administrator in independent schools to our team. Having served as Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life at schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Virginia, she brings a great deal of experience in planning and coordinating programs and events.  Margie holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and completed graduate studies in education at UMass Amherst and Fairfield University.

Work Phone: 617-496-1989
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Erin L. Tynen

Fellows Program Officer

Erin Linn is the Fellows Program Officer for the Center for African Studies and is responsible for the general oversight and management of the Center’s Fellows and affiliates. Prior to taking on this role Erin worked as the Center’s Communications Officer. 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.

Work Phone: 617-496-5193
Categories: CAS Staff, Harvard Center for African Studies Employees
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Maggie Lopes

Associate Director

Maggie Lopes is the Associate Director 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 from Washington University in St. Louis.

Work Phone: 617.496.2712
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Candace Lowe

Finance/Staff Assistant

As the Finance/Staff Assistant, Candace oversees the Center’s financial processing as well as providing essential administrative support to the team.  She comes to the Center with 15 years of office management experience in the financial and non-profit academic sectors.  Born in Barbados and raised in Cambridge, Candace is a longtime resident of the city.  She studied liberal arts at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Work Phone: 617.495.5265
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Nthatisi Quella

Student Support & Outreach 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.

Work Phone: 617-496-5156
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Tricia Reinken

Communications Assistant

Tricia Reinken serves as the Communications Assistant for the Center for African Studies. In this role, she assists in the management of various communications platforms, including website updates, oversight of the social media strategy, and marketing material creation. Tricia is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at Bentley University studying media, culture and business.

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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

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.

Work Phone: 617.496.4995
Categories: Faculty, Harvard Center for African Studies Leadership
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Adhana Asfaw

Intern – Student Programs

Adhana Asfaw serves as the program assistant intern for Student Programs. She assists in a wide array of tasks supporting the different grants and programs offered by the Center for African Studies. Adhana previously worked at Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg, South Africa, an internship program sponsored by the Center. She is currently an undergraduate at Harvard College, and hopes to pursue a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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Junius Williams

Intern – Communications

Junius Williams is an undergraduate at Harvard College concentrating in African studies with a secondary field in Economics. Junius works as the Communications intern assisting with the Center’s communications, social media, and acts as the Center’s rapporteur covering events as well as writing editorial pieces on Harvard students, faculty, and alumni.

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