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.
Mailing: our core faculty reside in different home departments. Please DO NOT use the Institute of African Studies address for mailing bulk or circular letters to our faculty. We will return it to the sender. Please use each faculty home department's address instead.
Sam Cherribi (Ph.D, University of Amsterdam), Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Assistant to the Provost, Provost Office. 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.
Clifton Crais (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins), Professor of History, History Department. Research interests: Political culture and violence, economic change and histories of vulnerability, cross-cultural encounters, comparative colonialism, subaltern biographies.
Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles), Assistant 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
Craig Hadley (Ph.D., University of California-Davis), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department. 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.
Abdul JanMohamed (Ph.D., Brandeis), Longstreet Professor of English. Research Interests: formation of subjectivity, particularly at the intersection of Marxian, phenomenological, and psychoanalytic discourses, postcolonial fiction, minority discourse, slave narratives and modern African-American fiction; birthing of the death-bound-subject in contemporary black feminist fiction.
Peter Little (Ph.D., Indiana University), Professor and Director of the Emory Program in Development Studies. Research interest: 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 Mann (Ph.D., Stanford University), Professor, History Department. Research Interests: Social history, gender, law, marriage and kinship, slavery and emancipation, economic transformation, historical anthropology, West Africa.
Elizabeth McBride (A.M. University of Chicago, M.S. Columbia University), Librarian for African Studies.
Kristin Phillips (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison), Anthropology & Educational Policy Studies (joint degree). Research Interest: specializes in the politics of rural development and education in East Africa.
Pamela Scully (Ph.D., University of Michigan), Professor, Women's Studies and the Institute of African Studies. Research Interests: Comparative gender and women's history, slavery and emancipation, human rights and gender based violence.
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), Assistant Professor, English Department. Research Interests: postcolonial literature, particularly Anglophone poetry and Nigerian literature, book and publishing history, sociology of literature, literature and religion.
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.
Mari Webel (Ph.D., Columbia University), Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies and in Global Health, Culture, and Society. Research and Teaching Interests: East Africa and the Great Lakes Region, the history of tropical medicine and colonial public health, African environmental and ecological history, global health, and comparative colonial history.
Subha Xavier (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Assistant Professor, Department 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.
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, History Department. 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 Department. Research Interests: Communication and culture, ceremony and performance, cultural history, cultural politics, semiotics and symbolism, gender, museums and cultural display, visual anthropology, East Africa.