The core faculty conduct research in all regions of Africa. Their teaching and research interests converge around such topics as politics and governance; social organization and social change; health and disease; systems of thought and belief; gender; art; ritual, performance, and cultural representation; language and communication; political economy; and economic development.

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African Studies Faculty

Sam Cherribi (Ph.D, University of Amsterdam), Senior Lecturer, Sociology. Research interests: contemporary sociological theory, new and old media, religion and politics, culture, immigration, countries and transnational communities with the following languages: French, Arabic, Dutch, Spanish and English.

Mariana Candido (Ph.D., York University), Associate Professor of History. Research interests: history of West Central Africa during the era of the transatlantic slave trade; slavery; forced migration and labor; the South Atlantic world; and the African diaspora.

Adriana Chira (Ph.D., University of Michigan), Assistant Professor of History. Research interests: Atlantic history; Cuba in world history; race; slavery and the law; the African diaspora; public history.

Clifton Crais (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins), Professor of History. Research interests: World history; political culture and violence, economic change and histories of vulnerability, cross-cultural encounters, comparative colonialism, subaltern biographies.

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi (Ph.D., UCLA), Associate Professor of Art History. Research interests: power, patronage, and arts in West Africa; masquerade; assemblage; secrecy; knowledge and networks across cultural, linguistic, religious, and geopolitical borders; museums and display; digital humanities; spatial art history.

Melissa Hackman (Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz), Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Craig Hadley (Ph.D., UC Davis), Professor of Anthropology. Research interests: The social and cultural production of health and is at the intersection of anthropological demography, population studies, public health nutrition, and population health.

Bayo Holsey (Ph.D., Columbia University), Associate Professor of Anthropology. Research interests: public culture and history in West Africa and the African diaspora.

Nahomi Ichino (Ph.D., Stanford), Associate Professor of Political Science. Research interests:ethnic politics, voter behavior, and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa.

Peter Little (Ph.D., Indiana University), Professor and Director of the Emory Program in Development Studies. Research interests: Cultural anthropology, economic anthropology, development anthropology, ecological anthropology, political economy, agrarian change, pastoralism; sub-Saharan Africa.

Christine Loflin (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison), Associate Professor of English, Humanities Department, Oxford College of Emory. Research interests: Interdisciplinary course development, island landscapes in literature, and gender issues in the novels of Bessie Head and Nadine Gordimer.

Kristin Phillips (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison), Senior Lecturer, Anthropology; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Institute of African Studies.  Research interests: anthropology of development, food and hunger, education, citizenship, agrarian livelihoods, political culture, and energy.

Devaka Premawardhana (PhD, Harvard University). Assistant Professor, Department of Religion. Research interests: southeast Africa, specifically Mozambique; indigenous languages and religions; religious pluralism and religious change; migration and mobility; ethnographic methods; humanistic anthropology.

Walter C. Rucker (Ph.D., UC Riverside), Professor of African American Studies and History. Research interests: early Atlantic African diaspora and African American history; the generative nexus between slave resistance and culture.

Pamela Scully (Ph.D., University of Michigan), Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Institute of African Studies. Research interests: Transnational gender and women’s history, slavery and emancipation, biography.

Salmon A. Shomade (JD, University of Virginia; Ph.D. University of Arizona), Associate Professor of Political Science (Oxford College). Research interests: African politics and judicial politics.

Gordon Streeb (Ph.D., University of Minnesota), Visiting Professor of Economics. Research interests: Development Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa; career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador to Zambia, Former associate director for Peace Programs at the Carter Center.

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Ph.D., Yale University), Associate Professor of English. Research interests: postcolonial literature, particularly Anglophone poetry and Nigerian literature, book and publishing history, sociology of literature, literature and religion.

Ana Teixeira (Ph.D., Brown University), Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Research interests: Postcolonial and cultural studies, with a focus on the formation of national identity in post-independence Angolan narratives and the literary and cinematographic connections of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian triangle. 

Kate Winskell Enger (Ph.D., Oxon), Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Center for Health, Culture and Society, Department of International Health, Rollins School of Public Health. Research interests: HIV/AIDS communication, with a special focus on young people in Africa. See web-site: Scenarios from Africa.

Subha Xavier (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Associate Professor of French. Research Interests: Migrant and Diaspora Studies, North African (Algeria, Morocco) and Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature (Senegal, Cameroon, Congo), postcolonial and trauma theory, African and migrant film.

Emeritus Faculty

Edna Bay (Ph.D., Boston University), Professor, ILA. Research interests: cultural history of West Africa, women's history of Dahomey, religion and the African Diaspora.

David Eltis (Ph.D., University of Rochester), Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History. Research interests: Early modern Atlantic World, slavery and the slave trade, and establishing the identities of captives sent to the Americas.

Sidney Littlefield Kasfir (Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Professor, Art History Department. Research interests: Art, ritual and representation, masking, colonial and postcolonial urban art, West and East Africa.

Corinne A. Kratz (Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin), Professor, Institute of African Studies and Anthropology. Research interests: Communication and culture, ceremony and performance, cultural history, cultural politics, semiotics and symbolism, gender, museums and cultural display, visual anthropology, East Africa.

Kristin Mann (Ph.D., Stanford University), Professor of History. Research interests: Social history, gender, law, marriage and kinship, slavery and emancipation, economic transformation, historical anthropology, West Africa.