The Mann Prize in African Studies

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends,

The retirement this year of Emory Professor of History, Kristin Mann, marks the end of a long, accomplished, and admirable scholarly career. After coming to Emory University in 1979, Professor Mann helped create the Institute of African Studies, which she directed from 1993 to 1996. The Institute is one of the country’s oldest and most dynamic centers of Africanist scholarship. Professor Mann was very active in creating the Women’s Studies Program, now the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Professor Mann was also instrumental in bringing to Emory University the African Studies Association (ASA), the world’s largest organization devoted to the study of Africa, and in creating the nationally-ranked Ph.D. program in African History. Between 2008 and 2011, Kristin chaired the Department of History. A model citizen, Professor Mann has been active throughout Emory University, including the President’s Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Faculty Council, and the University Senate.

We are pleased to announce a special initiative in the Laney Graduate School to honor Kristin’s career and legacy. The Mann Prize in African Studies will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student whose work and commitment to African Studies embodies the career of Professor Kristin Mann.

Please consider making a gift to the Mann Prize to honor Kristin’s legacy and support African Studies graduate education in the Laney Graduate School at Emory. To name this award in honor of Professor Mann’s retirement, we must raise a minimum of $12,500. If we are unable to reach our goal by December 31st, 2019, the funds will be allocated for general unnamed awards in African Studies. 

A dedicated mentor and a meticulous reader, Professor Mann has advised generations of students, at Emory and around the world. The Mann Prize honors her commitment to students, her collegial spirit, and her enduring contributions to African Studies. 

Please contribute to the Mann Prize by going to:

My best wishes and sincere thanks,


Clifton Crais 
Director, Institute of African Studies 
Professor of History