Ralph Austen | Professor Emeritus of African History
Interests: Economics, comparative slavery and slave trade, colonialism and imperialism, African literature.
Selected publication: Trans-Saharan Africa in World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
Jennifer Cole | Professor of Anthropology, Department of Comparative Human Development
Interests: Madagascar, social and cultural anthropology, memory, gender, sexuality, transnational kinship, urban space, youth and intergenerational transformation, Christianity, African migration to Europe
Selected publication: Sex and Salvation: Imagining the Future in Madagascar (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Damien Droney | Fellow in the Stefanovich Institute
Interests: Politics of science, technology, and medicine in postcolonial Africa.
Adom Getachew | Assistant Professor of Political Science
Interests: modern political thought with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of international law, theories of empire and race, black political thought and post-colonial political theory
Loren Kruger | Professor of English, Cinema and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature
Interests: South Africa, literature and visual culture, drama and performace, urban studies, critical theory.
Selected Publication: Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Fidèle Mpiranya | Lecturer in Linguistics
Interests: Swahili and African linguistics, phonology and morphosyntax of Bantu languages, Swahili textbook development, Taarab music from East Africa and Zanzibar.
Selected publication: [with Rachel Walker and Dani Byrd] “An Articulatory View of Kinyarwanda Coronal Harmony,” Phonology 25, no. 3 (2008): 499-535.
Salikoko S. Mufwene | Professor of Linguistics
Interests: Language evolution, with special attention to creole language varieties, African-American English, and colonial Englishes. Mufwene also works on semantics, lexicography, pragmatics, and Bantu morphosyntax.
Selected Publication: Editor, with Cécile Vigouroux, Globalization and Language Vitality: Perspectives from Africa (London: Continuum Press, 2009).
Natacha Nsabimana | Harper Fellow
Emily Lynn Osborn | Associate Professor of African History
Interests: Precolonial states, Francophone Africa, gender, colonialism, technology transfer and diffusion, aluminum, material culture, artisinal production and labor.
Selected Publication: Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011).
Stephan Palmié | Professor of Anthropology
Interests: Afro-Cuban religious formations, the Atlantic world, systems of slavery and unfree labor, constructions of race and ethnicity, historical representation, knowledge production, conceptions of embodiment and moral personhood, genomics, and the anthropology of food and cuisine.
Selected Publication: The Cooking of History: How Not to Study “Afro”-“Cuban” “Religion” (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
François G. Richard | Associate Professor of Anthropology
Interests: West Africa (Senegal), Atlantic World, historical anthropology, archaeology, politics, rural mobility, missionaries, material culture.
Selected Publication: “Political Transformations and Cultural Landscapes in Senegambia during the Atlantic Era: An Alternative View From the Siin,” in Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives, ed. J.C. Monroe & A. Ogundiran, 78-114 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Jenny Trinitapoli | Associate Professor of Sociology
Interests: Demography, Sociology of religion, Social dimensions of the AIDS epidemic
Selected Publication: Religion and AIDS in Africa (with Alexander Weinreb, Oxford University Press 2012)