Executive Committee

The Harvard Center for African Studies Executive Committee is comprised of senior faculty members, who represent a wide range of disciplines in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Professional Schools. The Executive Committee oversees the strategic direction, academic plan, and financial sustainability of the Center.

Asterisk (*) denotes Center for African Studies Executive Committee members
Double asterisk (**) denotes Center for African Studies Steering Committee and Executive Committee members

Emmanuel K. Akyeampong*

Emmanuel K. Akyeampong*

Oppenheimer Faculty Director, Center for African Studies
Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha*

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (HSPH)
Director, Bagnoud Center for Health & Human Rights
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer on Law (HLS)
Suzanne Blier

Suzanne Blier*

Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts
Professor of African and African American Studies
Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo**

W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences (FAS)
Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies
Jean Comaroff

Jean Comaroff**

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

John Comaroff**

Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies
Wafaie W. Fawzi

Wafaie W. Fawzi**

Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences
Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health
Chair, Department of Global Health and Population
Deborah D. Foster

Deborah D. Foster**

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for Theater, Dance & Media
Senior Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.**

Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor (FAS)
Evelynn Hammonds

Evelynn Hammonds*

Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science
Professor of African and African American Studies
Biodun Jeyifo*

Biodun Jeyifo*

Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature (FAS)
Calestous Juma

Calestous Juma**

Professor of the Practice of International Development
Director, Science, Technology, Globalization Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Marcyliena Morgan*

Marcyliena Morgan*

Professor of African and African American Studies
Executive Director of the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute
John M. Mugane*

John M. Mugane*

Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures (FAS)
Director of the African Language Program
Director of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program
Jacob K. Olupona*

Jacob K. Olupona*

Professor of African Religious Traditions (HDS)
Professor of African and African American Studies (FAS)
Kay Kaufman Shelemay*

Kay Kaufman Shelemay*

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

Doris Sommer*

Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies
Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University
Michael VanRooyen*

Michael VanRooyen*

Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Chairman, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health