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African Studies

Emeriti: David B. Abernethy, John Baugh, Sandra E. Drake, George M. Frederickson, James. L. Gibbs, Jr., William B. Gould, Bruce F. Johnston, William R. Leben, Hans N. Weiler, Sylvia Wynter

Chair: Richard Roberts

Professors: Jean-Marie Apostolidès (French, Drama), Ellen Jo Baron (Pathology), Joel Beinin (History), Russell Berman (Comparative Literature, German Studies), John Boothroyd (Microbiology and Immunology), Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (French and Italian, Comparative Literature), Joan Bresnan (Linguistics), Martin Carnoy (Education), Peter Egbert (Ophthalmology, emeritus), Harry Elam (Drama), James Fearon (Political Science), James Ferguson (Anthropology), Terry Lynn Karl (Political Science), Richard Klein (Anthropology), David Laitin (Political Science), Michael McFaul (Political Science), Yvonne Maldonado (Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases), Lynn Meskell (Anthropology), Mary L. Polan (Obstetrics and Gynecology), John Rickford (Linguistics), Richard Roberts (History)

Associate Professors: Paulla A. Ebron (Anthropology), Bruce Lusignan (Electrical Engineering, emeritus), Liisa Malkki (Anthropology)

Assistant Professors: David DeGusta (Anthropology), Oliver Fringer (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Sean A. Hanretta (History), Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz (Art History), Kathryn Miller (History), Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science)

Professor (Research): David Katzenstein (School of Medicine)

Associate Professor (Teaching): Robert Siegel (Microbiology and Immunology)

Assistant Professor (Clinical): Brian Blackburn (Infectious Diseases)

Senior Lecturers: Khalil Barhoum (African and Middle Eastern Languages), Susan Cashion (Dance), Helen Stacy (Law)

Lecturers: Byron Bland (Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation), Jonathan Greenberg (Law), Sanghai Mohochi (African and Middle Eastern Languages), Timothy Stanton (Bing Overseas Studies), Byron Sibanda (African and Middle Eastern Languages)

Consulting Professor: Joel Samoff (Center for African Studies)

Curators: Peter Duignan (Senior Fellow, emeritus, Hoover Institution), Karen Fung (African Collection Curator, Green Library), Thomas Seligman (Director, Cantor Arts Center, and Lecturer, Art and Art History), Barbara Thompson (Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Cantor Arts Center)

Senior Research Fellows: Coit Blacker (Freeman Spogli Institute), Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution), Stephen Stedman (Freeman Spogli Institute, Center for International Security and Cooperation)

Center Office: Encina Hall West, Room 216

Mail Code: 94305-6045

Phone: (650) 723-0295


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Courses offered by the Center for African Studies have the subject code AFRICAST, and are listed in the "African Studies [AFRICAST] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Center for African Studies coordinates an interdisciplinary program in African Studies for undergraduates and graduate students. The program seeks to enrich understanding of the interactions among the social, economic, cultural, historical, linguistic, genetic, geopolitical, ecological, and biomedical factors that shape and have shaped African societies. By arrangement with the Stanford/Berkeley Joint Center for African Studies, graduate students may incorporate courses from both institutions into their programs. Contact the center for information regarding courses offered at the University of California, Berkeley.

Courses in African Studies are offered by departments and programs throughout the University. Each year the center sponsors a seminar to demonstrate to advanced undergraduates and graduate students how topics of current interest in African Studies are approached from different disciplinary perspectives.

Course offerings in African languages are also coordinated by the Center for African Studies. Along with regular courses in several levels of Swahili and Arabic, the center arranges with the African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures Program in the Stanford Language Center to offer instruction in other African languages; in recent years, it has offered courses in Amharic, Bambara, Chichewa, Ewe, Fulani, Hausa, Igbo, Shona, Twi, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.

The Center for African Studies offers a Master of Arts degree for graduate students. Undergraduates and graduate students not pursuing the master's degree can specialize in African Studies under the arrangements listed below.

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