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, of Cinema and Media Studies, of Comparative Literature, and of Germanic Studies

Department of Comparative Literautre, Department of English Literature; affiliated to the Urban Network and the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

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).

Salikoko S. Mufwene

Professor of Linguistics

Department 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

Interests: law and subjectivity, violence, social justice, incarceration, art, Rwanda.

Stephan Palmié

Professor of Anthropology

Department 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

Department 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

Department 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)