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 (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha*

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer on Law (Harvard Law School)
Suzanne Blier

Suzanne Blier*

Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Professor of African and African American Studies (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo**

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

Jean Comaroff**

Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
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 (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Chair, Department of Global Health and Population (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Deborah D. Foster

Deborah D. Foster**

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

Henry Louis Gates Jr.**

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

Evelynn Hammonds*

Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Professor of African and African American Studies (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Biodun Jeyifo*

Biodun Jeyifo*

Professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
John D. Macomber

John D. Macomber*

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration (Harvard Business School)
Marcyliena Morgan*

Marcyliena Morgan*

Professor of African and African American Studies (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Executive Director, Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center
John M. Mugane*

John M. Mugane*

Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Director, Harvard University African Language Program
Director, Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program
Jacob K. Olupona*

Jacob K. Olupona*

Professor of African Religious Traditions (Harvard Divinity School)
Professor of African and African American Studies (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Kay Kaufman Shelemay*

Kay Kaufman Shelemay*

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

Lucie White*

Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law (Harvard Law School)