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Africanist Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill

This page contains an alphabetical listing of faculty members at UNC-Chapel Hill who have research or teaching interests in Africa. In addition to this resource, the Center for Global Initiatives maintains the International Faculty Expertise Database, which allows users to search by various criteria to find faculty members with particular specializations.

Linda Adair

linda_adair@unc.edu
Professor, Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Maternal and child nutrition in developing countries; developmental origins of adult disease.
Relevant Courses Taught: NUTR 745, International Nutrition; NUTR 750, International Nutrition: Special Topics.

John Akin

john_akin@unc.edu
Carr Distinguished Professor and Chair, Economics
Specialization: Health economics; financing of health systems in developing countries.
Relevant Courses Taught: ECON 851, Health Economics in the Developing World.

Barbara Anderson

b_anderson@unc.edu
Associate Director, African Studies Center; Lecturer, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Reflective practice; adult and continuing professional education; educational consulting in African and African American Studies; African American history before 1865; women and criminal justice in the U.S. South.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; online AAAD 101 for Teachers; AAAD 130, Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 286, The African Diaspora in the Colonial Americas, 1450-1800; AAAD 290, Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.

Glaire Anderson

glaire@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Art
Specialization: History of Islamic architecture; pre-modern Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism; Orientalism and visual culture; and the Historiography of Islamic Art.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 154, Introduction to Art & Architecture of the Islamic Lands; ARTH 290, Topics in Art History: Art in the Age of the Caliphate; ArtH 450, The City as Monument: Cities and Society in the Medieval Islamic Lands; ARTH 458, Islamic Palaces, Gardens & Court Culture (8th-16th c. CE); ARTH 561, Art & Society in Medieval Islamic Spain & North Africa; ARTH 956, Graduate Seminar: Orientalism & Art.

Idris Assani

assani@email.unc.edu
Professor, Mathematics
Specialization: Ergodic theory; probability theory; organized collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

Farida Badr

fbadr@email.unc.edu
Lecturer in Arabic, Department of Asian Studies. Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 101-102, Elementary Arabic; ARAB 203-204, Intermediate Arabic.

Leann Bankoski

bankoski@unc.edu
Program Coordinator, Carolina for Kibera.

Navin Bapat

bapat@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense
Specialization: political conflict, insurgency, terrorism, interstate conflict, economic conflict, state building, bargaining, and the empirical testing of formal models.
Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 452, Africa and International Conflict.

Jamie Bartram

jbartram@email.unc.edu
Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Director, Water Instute at UNC
Specialization: Water and health; technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; water scarcity and climate change.
Relevant Courses Taught: ENVR 471, Global Water Sanitation and Hygiene.

Wilfrida Behets

Frieda_Behets@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS, STI and HIV prevention and research in Africa and the Caribbean, Woman controlled STI/HIV prevention; Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV; Bioethics and justice in health.
Relevant Experience: Research and public health experience in DR, Congo, Cameroon, Senegal, Madagascar, Malawi, Jamaica, Haiti.
Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 757, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries; EPID 898, Global Health Ethics Seminar.

Trude Bennett

trude_bennett@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Global reproductive health and health policy; monitoring of maternal morbidity and women’s health; impact of globalization on reproductive health.
Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 680, Global Sexual and Reproductive Health; MHCH 730, Reproductive Health Policy; EPID 690, Problems in Epidemiology (Section: Global Health Ethics Seminar); HPM 496, Readings in Health Policy and Management (Section: Critical Global Health Issues).

Margaret Bentley

pbentley@unc.edu
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Maternal and child nutrition; HIV prevention; HIV and breastfeeding; women’s health; reproductive health.
Relevant Experience: Associate Dean for Global Health, and Associate Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Development of a comprehensive fundraising and strategic planning program for global health in the School of Public Health.
Relevant Courses Taught: NUTR 745, International Nutrition; NUTR 750, International Nutrition: Special Topics; PUBH 510, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health.

Shelah Bloom

ssbloom@email.unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in developing countries; maternal mortality and morbidity and gender context of reproductive health in developing countries.
Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 716, International Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Karen Booth

kmbooth@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies
Specialization: Gender and sexuality; issues related to imperialism, globalization and underdevelopment in the Third World; transnational feminisms; transnational queer politics; HIV/AIDS; reproductive health.
Relevant Courses Taught: WMST 293, Gender and Imperialism; WMST 388, The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health; WMST 396, Seminar on Human Rights, Feminism, and Sexuality; WMST 890, Graduate Seminar on Human Rights, Feminism, and Sexuality.

Lydia Boyd

lydia.boyd@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African ethnography and social history; gender and sexuality; medical anthropology; visual anthropology; ethnographic film; urban Africa; religion; Uganda.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 200, Gender and Sexuality in Africa; AAAD 210, African Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy in Sub-Saharan Africa; AAAD 300, Cultures of Health and Healing in Africa.

Emily Burrill

eburrill@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Specialization: History of marriage and marriage-related practices in the border town of Sikasso, Mali (West Africa); midwifery and the recent history of bio-medical knowledge of women’s bodies in francophone Africa; women and citizenship rights in post-colonial Africa; the history of human rights, and French colonial history.
Relevant Courses Taught: WMST 237, African Gender History; WMST 289, Women and the Law in Africa and the Middle East; WMST 293, Gender and Imperialism; HIST 535, Women and Gender in African History.

Martha Carlough

martha_carlough@med.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Family Medicine, School of Medicine; Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Relevant Experience: Safe Motherhood and Newborn Care Clinical Advisor for IntraHealth International; Technical consultant for HAREG/Ethiopia project. Specialization: Global health and development; safe motherhood and family medicine; skilled birth attendant training and assessment, evidence-based emergency obstetric and newborn care, malaria in pregnancy, prevention of maternal to child HIV transmission and community level nutrition and health surveillance.
Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 704, Foundations of Global Health.

Khalid Chahhou

kchahhou@email.unc.edu
Lecturer in Arabic, Department of Asian Studies
Specialization: Arabic language instruction.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 101-102, Elementary Arabic; ARAB 203-204, Intermediate Arabic.

Gina Chowa

chowa@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: International social and economic development; concept and measurement of poverty in Africa; poverty reduction and asset building in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Relevant Courses Taught: SOWO 570, Social Work Practice (Zambia).

Lisa Jones Christensen

lisa_christensen@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Relevant Courses Taught: BUSI 206, Business in Africa (Study Abroad in Kenya); BUSI 513, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies; BUSI 515, Social Entrepreneurship through Microfinance; MBA 807E, Sustainability Leadership Capstone.

Myron Cohen

myron_cohen@med.unc.edu
J. Herbert Bate Professor of Medicine, Chief Director of Microbiology & Immunology, UNC Center for Infectious Diseases
Specialization: Infectious diseases.
Relevant Experience: Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs—Global Health, 2007 – present; Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, 2007 – Present; Director, UNC NIH HIVNET; Director, UNC-FHI AIDS Technical Support Program, 1992-Present; Co-Director, UNC NIH Fogarty Center, 1998-Present; Associate Director, UNC-NIH Collaborative STD Center, 1991-Present; Associate Director, UNC Center for AIDS Research, 1998-present, Director, NIH STD Clinical Trials Network 1998-present; PI: NIH Merit Award, 7/01/05-6/30/2015, supporting ongoing investigation of the transmission of HIV; Advisor: NIH Fogarty International Training Grant, AIDS International Research and Training Program, training directed towards HIV/STD prevention in Cameroon, China and Malawi; 02/15/07-11/30/13, Malawi Clinical Trials Unit, UNC HPTN site in Malawi; ASC Advisory Board member.

Patrick Conway

patrick_conway@unc.edu
Professor, Economics
Specialization: Problems of developing and transition economies, the impact of IMF adjustment programs on developing economies, international trade and finance.
Relevant Courses Taught: ECON 360, Survey of International and Development Economics; ECON 460, International Economics; ECON 560, Advanced International Economics.

Amy Cooke

acooke@email.unc.edu
Lecturer, Environment and Ecology
Specialization: Political and human ecology in Eastern Africa, natural resources, agriculture and food security issues, and conservation.
Relevant Experience: 6 years in East Africa: Kenya 1993-1997: Agroforester, US Peace Corps/Kenya Tanzania 2001-3.
Relevant Courses Taught: ENST 204, Environmental Seminar; ENST 266, Contemporary Africa: Issues in Health, Population, and the Environment; ENST 370, Agriculture and the Environment; ENST 490, Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies.

Pamela Cooper

pcooper@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Relevant Experience: UNC South Africa Study Abroad

Altha Cravey

cravey@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Geography
Specialization: Globalization and work; gender; international development; transnationality and transnational lives.
Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG 056, Local Places in a Globalizing World; GEOG 130, Geographical Issues in the Developing World; GEOG 452, Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration.

Sian Curtis

sian_curtis@unc.edu
Research Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: International health; women's health; contraceptive use dynamics; monitoring and evaluation of international population, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS programs; international maternal health; infant mortality.
Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 716, International Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Robert Daniels

robert_daniels@unc.edu
Distinguished Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Cultural anthropology, social systems, kinship and ethnicity in Africa; use of cybernetic and ecological models to anthropological data, particularly African ethnology; the relationships between individual minds and cultural patterns, age-set systems, (particularly their coordination across acephalous societies), ethnic boundaries, and the influence of the nature of information exchange on such social processes.
Relevant Courses Taught: ANTH 057, First Year Seminar: Today in Africa; ANTH 226, Peoples of Africa.

Sarah Dempsey

sedempse@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Specialization: Communication, collaboration, and representation in relation to nonprofit, community-based, and gendered forms of organizing. Recent projects investigate the negotiation of accountability and grassroots representation by international NGOs, gendered representations of communication technologies, and the role of difference within transnational feminism.
Relevant Courses Taught: COMM 625, Communication and Nonprofits in the Global Context.

Doria El Kerdany

elkerdan@email.unc.edu
Lecturer, Asian Studies
Specialization: Arabic language instruction.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 203-204, Intermediate Arabic; ARAB 305-306, Advanced Arabic; ARAB 407-408, Readings in Arabic.

Michael Emch

emch@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Geography
Specialization: Medical geography; spatial epidemiology.

Eugenia Eng

eugenia_eng@unc.edu
Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Integration of community development and health education interventions in rural US and developing nations.

Carl Ernst

cernst@email.unc.edu
William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Religious Studies
Specialization: Islamic Studies.
Relevant Courses Taught: RELI 180, Introduction to Islamic Civilization.

Donato Fhunsu

dfhunsu21@unc.edu
Lecturer, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Comparative literature; African and African Diaspora Literatures (in English, Spanish, French and African languages); literature, religion and spirituality; language acquisition; language pedagogy; Bantu languages: Lingala, Kikongo; Romance languages: French, Spanish; language mediation (translation and interpreting).
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 200, Gender and Sexuality in Africa; AAAD 201, The Literature of Africa; AAAD 421, Introduction to the Languages of Africa; AAAD 485, Black Atlantic Crosscurrents; LGLA 401, Lingala I; LGLA 402, Lingala II; LGLA 403, Lingala III; LGLA 404, Lingala IV.

Dominique Fisher

domfisc@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Romance Languages
Specialization: Francophone Studies (The Maghreb, Quebec, and literatures migrantes), Fin-de-siecle literatures, Literary and cultural theory.
Relevant Courses Taught: FREN 375, Francophone Studies; FREN 380, French & Francophone Drama; FREN 381, French & Francophone Poetry; FREN 382, French & Francophone Prose; FREN 615, Readings in Francophone Literature; ROML 054, First Year Seminar: Issues in Francophone Literature.

Greg Gangi

ggangi@email.unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Education, Institute for the Environment
Specialization: Experiential education; conservation; environmental policy.
Relevant Courses Taught: ENST 225, Water Resource Management and Human Rights; ENST 490, Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies.

Clark Gray

cgray@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Environment and Ecology
Specialization: Population and human-environment geography focused on the interactions between rural livelihoods, household well-being and environmental change in the developing world, including the human dimensions of soil degradation in rural Uganda.

Suzanne Gulledge

sgulledg@email.unc.edu
Professor/Director International Social Studies Project and Middle Grades Teacher Education Program, School of Education
Specialization: Curriculum and instruction; social studies education.

Zeina Halabi

halabi@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
Specialization: Arabic language instruction. Memory, mourning, and commemoration in literature.
Relevant Courses Taught: Arabic 407, Readings in Arabic I; ARAB 408, Readings in Arabic II

Mohamed Hamed

mseoud@email.unc.edu
Middle Eastern/African Studies Librarian, University Libraries
Specialization: Resources related to Persian language countries and Northern and Western African countries.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 101, Elementary Arabic; ARAB 308, Arabic Languages Across the Curriculum Recitation.

Sudhanshu Handa

shanda@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Household economic and demographic behavior in developing countries, particularly the role of public policy in conditioning household demographic choices; population and human resource economics; social policy and safety nets; applied development microeconomics; international development; poverty.
Relevant Experience: 2007-2008: Social Policy Advisor, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya Regional advisor on social policy and economic issues for UNICEF in its Eastern & Southern Africa operations.
Relevant Courses Taught: PLCY 895, Poverty and Human Resources.

Mamie Sackey Harris

msackey@email.unc.edu
Africa Programs Manager, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Relevant Experience: Emergency, Relief and Development operations and programs. Six + years professional engagement in Africa. Program Manager - Action Against Hunger (ACF - USA) Southern Sudan : Supplementary and Therapeutic feeding programs, Health Education, Community Based Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods. Associate Consultant(School Feeding and Education) World Food Program.
Relevant Courses Taught: HPM 660, International and Comparative Health Systems.

Irving Hoffman

irving_hoffman@med.unc.edu
Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Director of International Operations
Specialization: Infectious diseases; international research.
Relevant Experience: Director of the UNC Project in Malawi.

Donald Hornstein

dhornste@email.unc.edu
Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, School of Law
Specialization: Environmental law; administrative law; insurance law; natural resources law; international rivers.

Pamela Jagger

pjagger@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Environmental policy; environment and development; forests and livelihoods; institutions and governance; research design and methods; Sub-Saharan Africa.
Relevant Courses Taught: PLCY 475/ENST 490, Political Economy of Food. ENST/PLCY 520, Environment and Development; PLCY 799: Collaborative Research on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

Robert Jenkins

rjenkins@email.unc.edu
Senior Lecturer, Political Science
Relevant Experience: UNC South Africa Study Abroad

Joseph Jordan

jfjordan@email.unc.edu
Director of the Sonya H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History; Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African Diaspora in the Americas; black radical studies; African-American Studies (cultural politics) African Studies (politics of development); African Diaspora in the Americas; Diaspora art and cultural politics; Pan-Africanism in the Diaspora. Relevant Experience: Program development in Cape Verde and Senegal.

Thomas Kelley

takelley@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, School of Law; Community Development Law Clinic
Specialization: African customary law and legal anthropology, the law of emerging nations, the law of non-profit organizations and philanthropy.
Relevant Courses Taught: LAW 457, African Law and Development.

Tanya Kinsella

tekinsel@email.unc.edu
Academic Program Coordinator, Languages Across the Curriculum
Relevant Courses Taught: GLBL 789, Teaching Languages Across the Curriculum.

Michael Lambert

mlambert@email.unc.edu
Director, African Studies Center; Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Political anthropology, warfare, nationalism, migration, urbanization.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 214, Ethnography of Africa; AAAD 315, Political Protest and Conflict in Africa; AAAD 412, Regional Seminar in African Studies; AAAD 487, Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies.

Valerie Lambert

vlambert@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Indigenous peoples, with a focus on American Indians of the U.S.
Relevant Experience: Ethnographic field research among the Nama and Khoi San tribes of southern Africa.
Relevant Courses Taught: ANTH 102, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.

Margaret C. Lee

leemc@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Africa and the international trade regime; Southern African politics; regional integration in Africa; African political economy.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 212, Africa in the Global System; AAAD 290, Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 301, Contemporary China-Africa Relations; AAAD 307, 21st Century Scramble for Africa.

Donna LeFebvre

lefebvre@unc.edu
Senior Lecturer/Director of Internships, Political Science
Specialization: International criminal court, crimes against humanity and war crimes; human rights; violence against women, U.S. and globally.
Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 449, Human Rights and International Criminal Law; Burch Field Research Seminar: Rwanda and The Hague: Study Abroad with 6 credit hours which transfer as HNRS 354/POLI 449 and HNRS 352.

Paul Leslie

pwleslie@unc.edu
Professor and Chair, Anthropology; Curriculum in Ecology
Specialization: Biological anthropology; demography; pastoralism, especially in East Africa; the relationship among the demographic, socioeconomic, and biological characteristics of human populations, in an ecological context. Interdisciplinary study of human-environment interactions in Turkana, Kenya (1982-1999); population, land use, and livelihood diversification among Maasai in Northern Tanzania (1998- present); comparative study of consequences of parks and protected areas for livelihoods, land use, biodiversity, and conservation programs in East and southern Africa (2003-present).

Lisa Lindsay

lalindsa@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, History
Specialization: Social history of colonial Africa; the Atlantic slave trade; the African Diaspora; Nigeria.
Relevant Experience: Directed a UNC study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa, Fall 2008.
Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 083, First Year Seminar: African History through Popular Music; HIST 130, Africa in the Twentieth Century: Transformations in Culture and Power; HIST 174H, Honors Seminar in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern History; HIST 278, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; HIST 292H, Topics in History- The U.S. and Africa; HIST 393, Undergraduate Seminar in History (Third World/Non-Western) Section Title: Africa Since 1940; HIST 534: The African Diaspora; HIST 535, Women and Gender in African History; HIST 890, Topics in History for Graduates Section title: Readings in the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Esther Mukewa Lisanza

lisanza@email.unc.edu
Lecturer, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Literacy development among second language learners.
Relevant Experience: Examination of how Kenyan children participate in speaking, reading and writing practices in English and Swahili.
Relevant Courses Taught: SWAH 401, Elementary Kiswahili I; SWAH 402, Elementary Kiswahili II; AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa.

Scott Madry

madrys@email.unc.edu
Research Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Applications of Geomatics (remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and spatial analysis) for regional cultural and environmental studies. Archaeological predictive modeling, regional environmental analysis, gorilla habitat research.
Relevant Experience: Projects in Africa (Mountain gorillas in Rwanda and work for the Kenya Wildlife Service).

Carol Magee

cmagee@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Art
Specialization: History of contemporary and traditional African art; How Americans come to know and understand Africa through US culture (museums, artists, media, toys, etc); African photography.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 155, African Art Survey; ARTH 255, African Art and Culture; ARTH 353, African Masquerades and Ritual; ARTH 453, Africa in the American Imagination; ARTH 488, Contemporary African Art; ARTH 957, Graduate Seminar in African Art: African Modernisms.

Suzanne Maman

maman@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Public Health; HIV/AIDS; Sub-Saharan Africa.

Joseph Megel

megel@email.unc.edu Lecturer, Communication Studies
Relevant Experience: Research in Tanzania. Direction and development of new works for theatre, film, and video. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 290, Special Topics, Megels’s section: Performing the Politics of Water.

Benjamin Meier

meierb@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Global health policy; Health services and systems regulation; law and ethics of public health research; health and human rights; international and comparative public health law; globalization, development and public policy for health; health organizations and institutions; health care reform. Relevant Courses Taught: PLCY 565, Global Health Policy; PLCY 570 Health and Human Rights.

Steven Meshnick

meshnick@email.unc.edu
Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Malaria; Mother-to-child transmission of HIV; African trypanosomiasis, surveillance; AIDS-associated opportunistic infections.
Relevant Experience: Oversees program in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Malawi in Blantyre, and the Fogarty International Training Grant which sponsors students in the program.
Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 756, Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries.

William Miller

Bill_Miller@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: International health; sexually transmitted diseases; women's health.

Cliff Missen

missenc@email.unc.edu
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science
Specialization: E-Resources and digital library projects in Africa. Relevant Experience: Director, The WiderNet Project. Relevant Courses Taught: INLS 490 Section Title: The Last Mile: Information Access for Underserved Populations

Alphonse Mutima

smutima@email.unc.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Kiswahili curriculum development; pedagogy; second language acquisition; language variation.
Relevant Courses Taught: SWAH 112, Intensive Kiswahili 1-2; SWAH 234, Intensive Kiswahili 3-4; SWAH 403, Intermediate Kiswahili III; SWAH 404, Intermediate Kiswahili IV; SWAH 405, Advanced Kiswahili V; SWAH 406, Advanced Kiswahili Plus.

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

ndaliko@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Music
Specialization: Radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa, with a specific focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Relevant Courses Taught: MUSC 089, Making and Marketing Music in the Digital Age.

Georges Nzongola

nzongola@email.unc.edu
Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African politics, with emphasis on the political history of Africa since 1956; governance, with particular interest in the theory and practice of democratic governance; and development policy and administration, with emphasis on African economic development.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 212, Africa in the Global System; AAAD 290, Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 396, Independent Study; AAAD 400, The Challenges of Democratic Governance in Africa; AAAD 412, Regional Seminar in African Studies; AAAD 419, African Studies Colloquium.

Bobbi Owen

owenbob@unc.edu
Professor, Dramatic Art
Specialization: Costume history; traditional dress in Africa and Asia; theatrical design and designers.
Relevant Courses Taught: DRAM 475, Costume History: Africa, Asia, and Arabia.

Max Owre

owre@email.unc.edu
Lecturer, History
Specialization: Global history.
Relevant Experience: Interim Director, Program in the Humanities and Human Values.
Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 130, Africa in the Twentieth Century: Transformations in Culture and Power; HIST 292 Sections: France and Sub-Saharan Africa, France and Algeria; HIST 490, Special Topics in History, Owre's section: France and Algeria, 1830-1962.

Kathy Perkins

kaperkin@email.unc.edu
Professor, Department of Dramatic Art
Specialization: Africa/African Diaspora Theatre, Multi-Ethnic Theatre, Lighting Design.
Relevant Courses Taught: DRAM 298, African Women in Theater.

Lauren Persha

lpersha@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Geography; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environment and Ecology
Specialization: Conservation and development, social-ecological systems, institutional analysis, environmental governance, forest ecology, political ecology, East Africa
Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG 268, Geography of Africa; ECOL 567, Ecological Analysis and Application.

Audrey Pettifor

apettif@email.unc.edu
Research Instructor, Epidemiology
Specialization: HIV prevention among young women in South Africa; HIV prevention interventions for young couples in South Africa; structural interventions for HIV prevention; behaviors of individuals with Acute HIV Infection and behavioral interventions for the acute period; and prevention interventions for HIV infected individuals and youth.
Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 756, Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries.

John Pickles

jpickles@unc.edu
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Geography
Specialization: Regional and global political economy; post-socialist and post-apartheid economic change; apparel industry; global and transnational Europe.

David Pier

dpier@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African Music; Politics of Cultural Production in Africa; History and Culture of Uganda; Ethnomusicology; Jazz and Afro-American Art Music; Music of the Caribbean; Hip Hop and Popular Music of the U.S.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 290, Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 318, Politics of Cultural Production in Africa; AAAD 320, Music of Africa.

Barry Popkin

popkin@unc.edu
Professor, Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Economic and epidemiological analysis of trends in dietary intake, physical activity and body composition around the world; Nutrition Transition research; obesity economics and epidemiology.
Relevant Courses Taught: NUTR 745, International Nutrition; NUTR 750, International Nutrition: Special Topics.

Rohit Ramaswamy

ramaswam@email.unc.edu
Director, Center for Global Learning; Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program and Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Methods and tools for implementation of global health programs, quality improvement of health systems, use of technology. Current projects include development of a Virtual Learning Center to share best practices on monitoring and evaluation of global water programs, neonatal centers of excellence in Ghana, process monitoring and risk management systems for a maternal clinic in Kenya.
Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 711, Critical Issues in Global Public Health; PUBH 714, Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs.

Monica Rector

rector@email.unc.edu
Professor, Romance Languages
Specialization: Luso-Brazilian literature, language and culture, female writers, semiotics and non-verbal communication, Brazil, Portugal; Lusophone African Literature.
Relevant Courses Taught: PORT 388, Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identities in Film.

Peter Redfield

redfield@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Technology and society; colonial history and postcolonial relations; nonprofit organizations and transnational experts; humanitarianism and human rights; Europe, French Guiana, Uganda.
Relevant Courses Taught: ANTH 280, Anthropology of War and Peace; ANTH 422, Anthropology of Human Rights.

Stuart Rennie

stuart_rennie@dentistry.unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Dental Ecology
Specialization: Research ethics and bioethics in the developing world.
Relevant Experience: Qualitative research on community attitudes in Kinshasa (DR Congo) towards rationing of AIDS treatment, funded by Center for AIDS research (2005); Project manager of NIH/Fogarty Bioethics Award (2004-2012); Ethics consultant on UNC-Global AIDS Program activities in DR Congo and Madagascar; Lead writer, Ethics Guidance for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (2009).
Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 898, Global Health Ethics Seminar.

Andrew Reynolds

asreynol@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Political Science
Specialization: Democratic design; ethnic conflict; plural societies; Africa.
Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 067, First Year Seminar: Designing Democracy in Africa; POLI 131, Political Change and Modernization; POLI 431, African Politics and Society.

Paul Roberge

ptr@email.unc.edu
Professor, Germanic Languages; Linguistics
Specialization: Historical linguistics; pidgin and creole languages; language and society; Germanic languages; Afrikaans.
Relevant Courses Taught: GERM 125, 240 Afrikaans I, II; GERM 252, South Africa in Literary Perspective; LING 542, Pidgins and Creoles.

Vicki Rovine

Department of Art History
Specialization: African fashion design, textiles, and contemporary arts in Africa.

Omid Safi

omid@email.unc.edu
Professor, Religious Studies
Specialization: Islamic Studies with a focus on Iran, Turkey, and United States; Medieval Iranian Islam; Modern Islamic thought.
Relevant Courses Taught: RELI 181, Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures.

Eunice Sahle

eunice@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor and Chair, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: International political economy; international relations; comparative political economy of development.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 212, Africa in the Global System; AAAD 318, Politics of Cultural Production in Africa; AAAD 419, African Studies Colloquium; AAAD 485, Black Atlantic Crosscurrents; AAAD 498, Human Rights, Constitutions, and Public Policy; AAAD 691H, Honors Research I; AAAD 692H, Honors Research II; GLBL 405, Comparative Political Economics of Development.

Mamarame Seck

mseck@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
African Languages Coordinator, African Studies Center
Specialization: Wolof language instruction and curriculum development; Wolof language and literature; African linguistics; Sufi Islam in West Africa; Wolof oral discourse.
Relevant Experience: Leads UNC Study Abroad to Senegal. Wolof consultant for Centre for Text Technology North-West University, South Africa. This project is a part of Microsoft’s Local Language Program, a global initiative to provide desktop software and tools to their customers by collaborating with local experts (governments, universities, and other interested parties); Wolof instructor at SCALI (Summer Cooperative African Language Institute); participant at workshop on Standards/Curriculum development and Evaluation guidelines at the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC), University of Wisconsin, Madison as co-writer of Wolof standards.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 421, Introduction to the Languages of Africa; WOLO 403, Intermediate Wolof 3; WOLO 404 Intermediate Wolof 4.

Friederike Seeger

fseeger@unc.edu
Director, Burch Programs & Honors Study Abroad
Specialization: International program mangement and development.
Relevant Experience: Honors program development and management in South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Joti Sekhon

sekhonj@wssu.edu
Director of International Programs, Winston-Salem State University (partner institution).

Bereket Selassie

bselassi@email.unc.edu
William E. Luchtenburg Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; and Professor of Law
Specialization: African law, politics, and history; law and development; constitutional law; politics of development; international law of human rights.
Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 052, First-Year Seminar: Kings, Presidents, and Generals: Africa’s Bumpy Road to Democracy; AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 316, Policy Problems in Africa; AAAD 412, Regional Seminar in African Studies; AAAD 419, African Studies Colloquium; AAAD 485, Black Atlantic Crosscurrents.

Sarah Shields

sshields@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, History
Specialization: Nationalism in the Middle East; Islamic civilization; Middle East history; economic and social history of the Ottoman Arab provinces.
Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 062, First Year Seminar: Nations, Borders, and Identities; HIST 138, Introduction to Islamic Civilization; HIST 139, Later Islamic Civilization and the Modern Muslim World; HIST 202, Borders and Crossings; HIST 276, Modern Middle East; HIST 890, Graduate Seminar- Section Title: Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

Kavita Singh-Ongechi

singhk@email.unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Relevant Experience: Research Associate, MEASURE Evalution; Program Manager for Primary Health Care, IRC South Sudan Program, Kenya; Research Fellow, Harvard University/Muhimbili College of Health Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Consultant, Brookings Institute/Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies; Researcher, The Demography of Forced Migration Project.
Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 722, Issues in International Maternal and Child Health.

Jennifer S. Smith

jsssmith@email.unc.edu
Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Infectious disease and reproductive health epidemiology, with a particular focus on human papillomavirus and herpes simplex virus type-2; studies of HPV in less-developed countries.

Ronald Strauss

ron_strauss@unc.edu
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dental Ecology; Social Medicine
Specialization: Social research related to stigma, social responses to disease, craniofacial conditions and HIV/AIDS, icluding work in Malawi; Malawi Dental Project.

Jeffrey Stringer

jeff_stringer@unc.edu
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine;
Director, UNC Global Women's Health
Specialization: Mother-to-child transmission of HIV, family planning, pregnancy and delivery, cervical cancer screening and prevention, Zambia.

James Thomas

jim_thomas@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Director, Carolina Population Center
Specialization: Social epidemiology, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, public health ethics.
Relevant Experience: HIV research in Niger (2005-06) Study of monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2006-2008); Pandemic influenza ethics in Africa (2008- ); Agency networks for HIV treatment in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa (2008-2010). Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 898, Global Health Ethics Seminar.

Charles Van der Horst

charles_vanderhorst@med.unc.edu
Professor, Medicine; Associate Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Specialization: HIV in Africa, primarily Malawi and South Africa; the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
Relevant Experience: Principal investigator of a CDC-funded study examining the factors influencing the morbidity of HIV positive women who are breast feeding in Malawi; supervises the prevention of mother to child transmission program at the Lilongwe District Health Centers; co-investigator of an NIAID/CIPRA grant to create a consortium of three medical schools in South Africa to conduct HIV and Infectious Diseases translational and clinical research.

Annelies Van Rie

vanrie@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: International health, tuberculosis, HIV, pediatric HIV care.

Gretchen Van Vliet

Gretchen_VanVliet@unc.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Specialization: Director of the Office of Global Health, which provides a centralized location to facilitate individual and collaborative global health efforts by faculty and students.
Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 510, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health.

Rodney Vargas

rvargas@email.unc.edu
Latin America, Africa, and Mid-East Program Director, Study Abroad Office.

Richard Vernon

rmvernon@email.unc.edu
Lecturer, Romance Languages
Specialization: Street literature/Children’s literature, Portuguese and Spanish language instruction.
Relevant Courses Taught: PORT 385, Lusophone Africa in Literature: Discovery to the Present.

Sharon Weir

sharon_weir@unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Africa, AIDS prevention and trends.
Relevant Experience: HIV-Prevalence Study in Malawi (DFID); Ghana PLACE Study (USAID/Ghana); Co-Principal Investigator: Ongoing Research through MEASURE: Zimbabwe PLACE Study: Focus on Orphans (UNICEF & USAID/Washington)
Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 690, Problems in Epidemiology, Section Title: HIV in Developing Countries; EPID 757, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries.

Colin West

ctw@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Societal adaptation to global environmental change, particularly among Mossi farming communities in Burkina Faso.
Relevant Courses Taught: ANTH 238, Human Ecology of Africa; ENST 567, Ecological Analysis and Application.

Dale Whittington

dale_whittington@unc.edu
Professor, Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health; City and Regional Planning.
Specialization: Water and sanitation planning in developing countries; environmental policy.
Relevant Courses Taught: PLAN 685 (ENVR 685), Water and Sanitation Planning and Policy in Lesser Developed Countries.

Ronald Williams

rcw@unc.edu
Assistant Professor; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.

Nadia Yaqub

yaqub@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Asian Studies; Arabic
Specialization: Oral Arabic poetry; modern Arabic literature; classical Arabic literature; Arabic linguistics; Modern Arabic literature and film.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 150, Introduction to Arab Culture; ARAB 407-408, Readings in Arabic I and II; ARAB 434, Modern Arabic Literature in Translation; ARAB 453, Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World.