Affiliated Faculty

Chris Abani | Board of Trustees Professor of English

Chris Abani
  • Area(s) of Interest African Poetics; World Literature; African Presences in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Spaces; West African Music; Yoruba and Igbo Philosophy and Religion
  • Phone: 847-467-1065
  • E-mail: chris.abani@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Chris Abani, Board of Trustees Professor of English, is an acclaimed novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. His wide-ranging interests include African poetics, world literature, African presences in medieval and renaissance cultural spaces, West African music, and Yoruba and Igbo philosophy and religion.
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Chad Achenbach | Feinberg School of Medicine

Chad Achenbach
  • Area(s) of Interest HIV treatment and outcomes; Medical education and research capacity in Africa
  • Phone: 312-695-5085
  • E-mail: c-achenbach@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Chad Achenbach, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Achenbach’s primary research and clinical interest is in HIV treatment and outcomes. He is also working to improve medical education and research capacity in Africa.Chad's external profile

Karen Alter | Political Science and Law

Karen Alter
  • Area(s) of Interest Creation and influence of international courts in Latin America and Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-4842
  • E-mail: kalter@law.northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Karen Alter, Political Science and Law, studies the political influence of international courts around the world. More recent work examines the creation and influence of international courts in Latin America and Africa.Karen's external profile

Lori Beaman | Associate Professor of Economics

Lori Beaman
  • Area(s) of Interest How social networks affect the spread of information and ultimately decision-making in labor markets and in agriculture; Ongoing field projects in Mali and Malawi.
  • Phone: 847-491-5394
  • E-mail: lori.beaman@gmail.com
  • Short Bio: Lori Beaman, Economics, is a development economist whose research primarily focuses on how social networks affect the spread of information and ultimately decision-making in labor markets and in agriculture. She has ongoing field projects in Mali and Malawi.Lori's external profile

Adia Benton | Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Adia Benton
  • Area(s) of Interest Global health, biomedicine, development, humanitarianism, political economy, race, gender, sports, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, US
  • E-mail: adia.benton@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Adia Benton, cultural anthropologist with interests in global health, biomedicine, development and humanitarianism and professional sports. These concerns arise from a previous career in the fields of public health and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.Adia's external profile

Kathleen Bickford Berzock | Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Block Museum

Kathleen Bickford Berzock
  • Area(s) of Interest African art
  • Phone: 847-467-5047
  • E-mail: kathleen.berzock@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Block Museum, specializes in African art. Previously, she curated several innovative exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, including Benin-Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria (2008), Masterpieces from Central Africa: Selections from the Belgian Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren (1999); and Baule: African Art/Western Eyes (1998).
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Caroline Bledsoe | Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies

Caroline Bledsoe
  • Area(s) of Interest Cultural visions of marriage, fertility and contraception, and child fosterage in West Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-4825
  • E-mail: cbledsoe@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Caroline Bledsoe, Anthropology, combines empirical work in demography with cultural approaches to the study of marriage and the condition of children in West Africa. Her research examines relationships among ideologies of knowledge, power, and secrecy; philosophies of education; and the construction of authority.Caroline's external profile

Sherwin Bryant | Associate Professor of African American Studies

Sherwin Bryant
  • Area(s) of Interest Colonial Latin American History; Slavery, race, and the early modern African Diaspora
  • Phone: 847-491-3756
  • E-mail: s-bryant@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Sherwin Bryant, African American history, History, specializes in colonial Latin American History with a particular emphasis upon slavery, race, and the early modern African Diaspora.Sherwin's external profile

César Braga-Pinto | Associate Professor of Portuguese

César Braga-Pinto
  • Area(s) of Interest Brazilian, Lusophone African and Comparative Literature
  • Phone: 847-491-8129
  • E-mail: c-braga-pinto@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: César Braga-Pinto is an Associate Professor of Brazilian, Lusophone African and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of As Promessas da História: Discursos Proféticos e Assimilação no Brasil Colonial (2003) and the editor of Ligeiros Traços: escritos de juventude de José Lins do Rego (2007).César's external profile

Kristin Darin | Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Kristin Darin
  • Area(s) of Interest HIV treatment and care programs in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Phone: 312-503-8815
  • E-mail: k-hurt@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Kristin Darin, Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Global Health; specializes in HIV/AIDS with interests in antiretroviral pharmacology and HIV outcomes-based research; she provides clinical training and/or clinical support to various HIV treatment and care programs in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania.Kristin's external profile

Brian Edwards | Professor of English

Brian Edwards
  • Area(s) of Interest U.S. literature and culture in its international context; American studies; Comparative literature; Cultural and diaspora studies; Colonial and postcolonial discourse; Film; Globalization; Maghrebi literature and culture
  • Phone: 847-491-4718
  • E-mail: bedwards@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Brian Edwards, English, teaches and writes about U.S. literature and culture in its international context. His fields of interest include American studies, comparative literature, cultural and diaspora studies, colonial and postcolonial discourse, film, and globalization. A former Fulbright Fellow to Morocco, he also specializes in Maghrebi literature and culture, especially in its intersections with U.S. culture and politics.Brian's external profile

Douglas Foster | Associate Professor of Journalism

Douglas Foster
  • Area(s) of Interest Post Apartheid South Africa
  • Phone: 847-467-7661
  • E-mail: dmfoster@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Douglas Foster, Medill, teaches feature writing, a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines, including Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times. His most recent book is "After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post Apartheid South Africa," which examines a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown.Douglas's external profile

Shannon Galvin | Associate Professor of Medicine

Shannon Galvin
  • Area(s) of Interest HIV research in Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Namibia and Nigeria; Correlates of immunity to HIV; Diagnosis and management of acute HIV; Optimal delivery of care in resource limited settings
  • Phone: 312-695-5085
  • E-mail: s-galvin@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Dr. Shannon Galvin, Center for Global Health, Feinberg School of Medicine, is a faculty in the Infectious Diseases division at Feinberg School of Medicine and the Director of Clinical Programs & Training for the Center for Global Health. She has over 10 years experience working as a clinician and HIV researcher in Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Namibia and Nigeria. Her research interests include include correlates of immunity to HIV, diagnosis and management of acute HIV and the optimal delivery of care in resource limited settings.Shannon's external profile

Doris Garraway | Associate Professor of French

Doris Garraway
  • Area(s) of Interest Early modern francophone cultural studies; comparative 20th century francophone literatures (including those of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean); Travel exoticism in early modern French literature
  • Phone: 847-491-8255
  • E-mail: d-garraway@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Doris Garraway, French, focuses on early modern francophone cultural studies, comparative 20th century francophone literatures (including those of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean) and travel exoticism in early modern French literature.Doris's external profile

Thomas Geraghty | Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Professor of Law

Thomas Geraghty
  • Area(s) of Interest Criminal and juvenile defense; Death penalty appeals; Child-centered projects dealing with the representation of children and juvenile court reform
  • Phone: 312-503-8574
  • E-mail: tgeraghty@law.northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Thomas Geraghty, Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Professor of law, and Director of Bluhm Legal Clinic, is an expert on criminal and juvenile defense, death penalty appeals, child-centered projects dealing with the representation of children and juvenile court reform.Thomas's external profile

Jonathon Glassman | Professor of History

Jonathon Glassman
  • Area(s) of Interest History; Studies comparative race and slavery focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century East Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-8963
  • E-mail: j-glassman@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Jonathon Glassman, history, studies comparative race and slavery, focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century East Africa. He won the Melville J. Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for his first book, Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888.Jonathon's external profile

Wendy Griswold | Professor of Sociology

Wendy Griswold
  • Area(s) of Interest Social context of literary production and reception in anglophone West Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-2701
  • E-mail: w-griswold@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Wendy Griswold, sociology, investigates the social context of literary production and reception in anglophone West Africa. Her book, Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and the Nigerian Novel, received the 2002 Best Book award in cultural sociology the American Sociological Association.Wendy's external profile

Sean Hanretta | Associate Professor of History

Sean Hanretta
  • Area(s) of Interest West African intellectual history, with a focus on Islam; African religions in Francophone West Africa and Ghan
  • Phone: 847-491-7557
  • E-mail: sean.hanretta@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Sean Hanretta, Associate Professor, History, specializes in West African intellectual history, with a focus on Islam and African religions in Francophone West Africa and Ghana. His book Islam and Social Change in French West Africa: History of an Emancipatory Community (Cambridge University Press, 2009) investigates the history and religious community of Muslim Sufi mystics from socially marginal backgrounds in colonial French West Africa. He is also the co-editor of Ghana Studies.Sean's external profile

Mark Hauser | Associate Professor of Anthropology

Mark Hauser
  • Area(s) of Interest Material culture of the African Diaspora; Social inequality and identity in the Caribbean
  • Phone: 847-467-1648
  • E-mail: mark-hauser@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Mark Hauser, Anthropology. His research examines the material culture of the African Diaspora and social inequality and identity in the Caribbean. His work pays special attention to understanding the everyday life and material world of enslaved laborers.Mark's external profile

Stephen Hill | Senior Associate Director, Office of Fellowships

Stephen Hill
  • Area(s) of Interest Interface between Tanzanian music and nationalism; Wamatengo in southwestern Tanzania; Gender in musical choices; How historical circumstances may stimulate musical action
  • Phone: 847-491-2617
  • E-mail: s-hill@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Stephen Hill Assistant Director, Office of Fellowships, focuses on the interface between Tanzanian music and nationalism, with special reference to the Wamatengo in southwestern Tanzania. His work shows how music reflects and aids the comprehension of new realities during periods of broad social upheaval. His other research interests include the role of gender in musical choices and how historical circumstances may stimulate musical action.Stephen's external profile

Katherine Hoffman | Associate Professor of Anthropology

Katherine Hoffman
  • Area(s) of Interest Relationship between expressive culture, ethnicity, and political economy in North Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-4565
  • E-mail: khoffman@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Katherine Hoffman, Anthropology, explores the relationship between expressive culture, ethnicity, and political economy in North Africa, particularly Morocco, from the late 19th c. to the present. Her book We Share Walls: Language, Land and Gender in Berber Morocco (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) is an ethnographic account of the ways in which political economy and migration have shaped rural ethnolinguistic repertoires in talk and song in both Arabic and Tashelhit Berber languages among the Ishelhin Berbers of southwestern Morocco.Katherine's external profile

Brannon Ingram | Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Brannon Ingram
  • Area(s) of Interest Islamic Studies; Sufism in South Africa and modern South Asia
  • Phone: 847-467-4170
  • E-mail: brannon.ingram@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Brannon Ingram, Religious Studies, specializes in Islamic Studies, with a focus on Sufism in South Africa and modern South Asia. His research engages with transnational and translocal flows of people, texts and ideas in the global Muslim South and how these flows have upended traditional forms and structures of authority in Islam. Brannon's external profile

Richard Joseph | John Evans Professor of Political Science and BCICS faculty affiliate

Richard Joseph
  • Area(s) of Interest politics and governance in Africa; democratic transitions, state building and state collapse, and conflict resolution
  • Phone: 847-491-2595
  • E-mail: r-joseph@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Richard Joseph has devoted his scholarly career to the study of politics and governance in Africa with a special focus on democratic transitions, state building and state collapse, and conflict resolution.
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Esmeralda Kale | George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

Esmeralda Kale
  • Phone: 847-491-3941
  • E-mail: ekale@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Esmeralda Kale is the George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.

Fatima Khan | Arabic, African and Asian Languages Lecturer

Fatima Khan

Robert Launay | Professor of Anthropology

Robert Launay
  • Area(s) of Interest Islamic identity in West African societies; The roles of clerics in shaping social discourse; History of anthropological theory; pre-Enlightenment images of African and other cultures
  • E-mail: rgl201@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Robert Launay, Anthropology, investigates Islamic identity in West African societies and the roles of clerics in shaping social discourse. He also examines the history of anthropological theory and pre-Enlightenment images of African and other cultures.Robert's external profile

Richard Lepine | African and Asian Languages

  • Area(s) of Interest Swahili popular history; Serial fiction from East African newspapers and magazines
  • E-mail: lepine@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Richard Lepine, African and Asian Languages, researches Swahili popular history, including serial fiction from East African newspapers and magazines. He teaches Swahili and East African literature in translation.

Peter Locke | Lecturer in Anthropology and Global Health Studies

Peter Locke
  • Area(s) of Interest Humanitarian psychiatry; Global mental health; Medical humanitarianism; Public health challenges in post-conflict settings
  • Phone: 847-491-4832
  • E-mail: peter.locke@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Peter's research interests include humanitarian psychiatry, global mental health, medical humanitarianism, and public health challenges in post-conflict settings.
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Amanda Logan | Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Amanda Logan
  • Area(s) of Interest Everyday life in times of environmental, political, and economic change; West Africa’s participation in global trade networks
  • E-mail: amanda.logan@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Amanda Logan, Anthropology, focuses on everyday life in times of environmental, political, and economic change, particularly West Africa’s participation in global trade networks.
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D. Soyini Madison | Professor of Performance Studies

D. Soyini Madison
  • Area(s) of Interest Human rights; Contemporary social movements
  • Phone: 847-491-5372
  • E-mail: dsmadison@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: D. Soyini Madison, Performance studies, African American Studies, Anthropology, studies human rights and contemporary social movements.
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Ragy H Ibrahim Mikhaeel | Lecturer in Arabic, African and Asian Languages

Ragy H Ibrahim Mikhaeel

Robert Murphy | Feinberg School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Global Health

Robert Murphy

Evan Mwangi | Associate Professor in English

Evan Mwangi
  • Area(s) of Interest African fiction in the contexts of literary theory; TV news; Sports; Aesthetics; East African hiphop music
  • Phone: 847-491-3529
  • E-mail: evan-mwangi@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Evan Mwangi, English, is examining such authors as Francis Davis Imbuga, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and David Maillu.
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Leah Neubauer | Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Leah Neubauer
  • Area(s) of Interest Evaluation, global health, HIV infection, health disparities, public health, qualitative research methods, translational research, women's health, women's reproductive health
  • Phone: 312-908-7914
  • E-mail: leah.neubauer@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Dr. Neubauer's research focuses on health education and promotion, global health, and health disparities. She leads and collaborates on projects that employ mixed-method approaches to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate translational and culturally responsive research and evaluation.Leah's external profile

Carl Petry | Professor of History

Carl Petry
  • Area(s) of Interest Religious and judicial elites in medieval Egypt
  • Phone: 847-491-7448
  • E-mail: c-petry@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Carl Petry, History, studies religious and judicial elites in medieval Egypt. His recent projects include studying Cairo's higher education system and the rise and fall of sultanic regimes in the Islamic Middle East.Carl's external profile

Nasrin Qader | Associate Professor of French

Nasrin Qader
  • Area(s) of Interest Modern Arabic literature; African literature in French and English; and Literary theory and criticism
  • Phone: 847-491-8263
  • E-mail: n-qader@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Nasrin Qader, French & Italian. Specializes in modern Arabic literature, African literature in French and English, and literary theory and criticism.Nasrin's external profile

Will Reno | Director of African Studies, Professor of Political Science

Will Reno
  • Area(s) of Interest Conflict in the context of state collapse; Political strategies of armed groups and the politics of international intervention and counter insurgency; Somalia and the greater Horn of Africa region
  • E-mail: reno@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Will Reno, Director of African Studies, Political Science, studies conflict in the context of state collapse, with a focus on the political strategies of armed groups and the politics of international intervention and counterinsurgency. His main area for recent research is Somalia and the greater Horn of Africa region. Visit Reno's web site.Will's external profile

Jeff Rice | WCAS Advising

Jeff Rice
  • Area(s) of Interest West African state development in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Expansion of Asante
  • Phone: 847-491-8916
  • E-mail:  j-rice2@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Jeff Rice, Weinberg College advisor and history lecturer focuses on West African state development in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with special interest in the expansion of Asante. He is also the advisor for African Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences.Jeff's external profile

Sandra Richards | Professor of African American Studies

Sandra Richards
  • Area(s) of Interest Performance practices and aesthetics in African and African diaspora theater`
  • Phone: 847-491-7958
  • E-mail: s-richards@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Sandra Richards, Theatre and African American Studies, is a scholar of performance practices and aesthetics in African and African diaspora theater. She is especially interested in the implications of festival performance for written drama and the analysis of social movements. Currently, she serves as Professor in Residence and Director of the Liberal Arts program at Northwestern University in Qatar. Sandra's external profile

Rachel Riedl | Associate Professor of Political Science

Rachel Riedl
  • Area(s) of Interest Democratization in Africa; Causes of variation in party system institutionalization
  • Phone: 847-467-2291
  • E-mail: r-riedl@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Democratization in Africa; Causes of variation in party system institutionalization Rachel Riedl, Political Science, current research explores why democratization in Africa has produced such a varied array of representative institutions and political structures by focusing on the causes of variation in party system institutionalization.Rachel's external profile

Galya Ruffer | Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies

Galya Ruffer
  • Area(s) of Interest Refugee rights and protection; Citizenship, Rule of law and justice; Problem of sexual violence in post-conflict and protracted situations; Great Lakes region of Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-3759
  • E-mail: g-ruffer@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Galya Ruffer, International Studies and Political Science and the founding Director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies specializes in refugee rights and protection. Her research combines socio-legal approaches, crowdsourced mapping and testimony work to study questions of citizenship, rule of law and justice and the particular problem of sexual violence in post-conflict and protracted situations with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region of Africa.Galya's external profile

David Schoenbrun | Associate Professor of History

David Schoenbrun
  • Area(s) of Interest History of power in Uganda; Great Lakes region of Africa
  • Phone: 847-491-7278
  • E-mail: dls@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: David Schoenbrun, History, is concerned with the gendered history of power in Uganda and the Great Lakes region from earliest times to the fifteenth century.David's external profile

Rebecca Shereikis | ISITA

Rebecca Shereikis
  • Area(s) of Interest Francophone West Africa (particularly Mali); African Muslim responses to colonialism; Islamic law in African contexts
  • Phone: 847-491-2598
  • E-mail: r-shereikis@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Rebecca Shereikis, ISITA, is a historian with interests in francophone West Africa (particularly Mali), African Muslim responses to colonialism, and Islamic law in African contexts.

Juliet Sorensen | Professor of Law

Juliet Sorensen
  • Area(s) of Interest Health and human rights; International criminal law; Corruption
  • Phone: 312-503-1482
  • E-mail: j-sorensen@law.northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Juliet Sorensen, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Law and Kellogg, focuses on health and human rights, international criminal law, and corruption. She is a director of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary global community health partnership.Juliet's external profile

Noelle Sullivan | Assistant Professor of Global Health and Anthropology

Noelle Sullivan
  • Area(s) of Interest Global and state health policy; Donor-funded health interventions; Biomedical practice in Tanzania's health sector from the 1980s to present
  • Phone: 847-467-2780
  • E-mail: noelle.sullivan@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Noelle Sullivan, Global health and Anthropology. Focusing on global and state health policy, donor-funded health interventions, and biomedical practice in Tanzania's health sector from the 1980s to present. Researches how state and donor priorities for health impact the possibilities and limitations of biomedical service provision within hospitals and clinics, and how they impact the way patients seek out and health sector personnel provide services. Interested in the interplays of governance, politics, and healing more broadly.Noelle's external profile

Ana Thomé-Williams | Associate Professor of Portuguese

Ana Thomé-Williams
  • Area(s) of Interest Portuguese language and culture in the lusophone world; linguistic and cultural exchanges between Brazil and the Lusophone Africa; Francophone Africa
  • E-mail: ana-williams@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Ana Thomé-Williams, Spanish and Portuguese, specializes in Portuguese language and culture in the lusophone world, with a focus on linguistic and cultural exchanges between Brazil and the Lusophone Africa. Fluent in French as well, she also has an interest in the Francophone Africa.Ana's external profile

Krista Thompson | Professor of Art History

Krista Thompson
  • Area(s) of Interest Postcolonial theory and visual culture; Race and representation; The imaginative geography of the tropics; Caribbean art; African diaspora performance arts; Photography in Africa and the African diaspora
  • E-mail: krista-thompson@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Krista Thompson, Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor and Professor in the Department of Art History, researches and teaches the modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Africa diaspora, with an emphasis on photography.Krista's external profile

Helen Tilley | Associate Professor of History

Helen Tilley
  • Area(s) of Interest Interplay among environmental, medical, and human sciences in nineteenth and twentieth century Africa; European imperialism and development studies
  • Phone: 847-467-3397
  • E-mail: helen.tilley@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Helen Tilley, History, explores the interplay among environmental, medical, and human sciences in nineteenth and twentieth century Africa, with a particular focus on European imperialism and development studies. Her current research examines the history of African decolonization, global governance, and the ethnoscientific projects that accompanied post-colonial state building in the Cold War era.Helen's external profile

Akbar M. Virmani | Political Science

  • Area(s) of Interest Position of refugees in the Horn of Africa; The meanings of exile; Problems of national identity for displaced persons
  • E-mail: a-virmani@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Akbar M. Virmani, Political Science, researches the position of refugees in the Horn of Africa, the meanings of exile, and the problems of national identity for displaced persons.

Michael Wairungu | Professor of Swahili

Michael Wairungu
  • Area(s) of Interest Multilingualism, language contact, ethnography of communication, and language policy in education
  • Phone: 847-491-2765
  • E-mail: michael.wairungu@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Michael Wairungu is professor of Swahili with the Program of African Studies.
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Alexander Weheliye | Professor of African American Studies

Alexander Weheliye
  • Area(s) of Interest African American and African Diasporic literatures and popular cultures; Critical theory; Popular musical history.
  • Phone: 847-491-4863
  • E-mail: a-weheliye@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Alexander Weheliye, African American Studies and English, specializes in African American and African Diasporic literatures and popular cultures, critical theory, and popular musical history.Alexander's external profile

Ivy Wilson | Associate Professor of English, Director of American Studies

Ivy Wilson
  • Area(s) of Interest Comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies; African American culture
  • Phone: 847-491-3496
  • E-mail: i-wilson@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Ivy Wilson, English, teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture.Ivy's external profile

Jessica Winegar | Associate Professor of Anthropology

Jessica Winegar
  • Area(s) of Interest How people articulate understandings of history and political-economic change through cultural production and consumption; Competing notions of culture and culturedness
  • Phone: 847-491-4831
  • E-mail: j-winegar@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: Jessica Winegar, Anthropology, investigates how people articulate understandings of history and political-economic change through cultural production and consumption, in particular through competing notions of culture and culturedness. Her first book Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2006) analyzed these processes in the realm of the visual arts, particularly within the intense debates concerning cultural authenticity and artistic value that occur in a postcolonial society undergoing market liberalization.Jessica's external profile

Sera Young | Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Sera Young
  • Area(s) of Interest Reduction of maternal and child undernutrition in low-resource settings, especially sub-Saharan Africa
  • Phone: 847 467-2174
  • E-mail: sera.young@northwestern.edu
  • Short Bio: The focus of Dr. Young’s work is on the reduction of maternal and child undernutrition in low-resource settings, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Methodologically, she draws on her training in medical anthropology, international nutrition, and HIV to take a biocultural approach to understanding how mothers in low-resource settings cope to preserve their health and that of their families.Sera's external profile