Indiana University Bloomington
Choose which site to search

Welcome to the African Studies Program!

The African Studies Program has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. Our diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities promote greater understanding and appreciation of the continent and its people. We also promote the study of Africa in global perspective by cooperating with other area-studies programs, international centers, professional schools, and departments inside and outside Indiana University. All of our activities are conducted in accordance with our values stressing integrity, excellence, diversity, community, collaboration, and creativity.

Give Now

Program and Affiliate News

The African Studies Program is excited to be included among eleven international centers and programs in the IU School of Global and International Studies to receive Title VI funding. This is a record number of SGIS centers to receive funding totaling $18.8 million. Read the full story here.

Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, and Tanner-Opperman Chair, will present "Ma Kisi Nsi: A Quest for Kongo Art" at the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) Annual Lecture on October 5, 2018, held at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, UK. Abstract: "The lecture will focus on agency in Kongo society, exploring a complex state of social development in which legal, political, religious and visual systems motivate responses to and interpretations of Kongo cultural principles in the Atlantic world. Martinez-Ruiz will argue that the myriad forms of communication known as Ndinga i Sinsu seamlessly integrate into a wide range of audio and visual communicative techniques that he terms ‘graphic writing systems’." Read full abstract here. Martinez-Ruiz was recently appointed the Tanner-Opperman Chair of African Art History in honor of Roy Sieber which was made possible by a recent $1.5 million anonymous donation

Dr. Jennifer Brass, Associate Professor, School of Public and Envrionmental Affairs, has earned the Outstanding Book Award in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research for her publication, "Allies or Adversaries: NGOs and the State in Africa," from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

The Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press) has published Dr. Marissa Moorman's article, Guerilla Broadcasters and the Unnerved Colonial State in Angola (1961-74), which explores the relationship between Angolan guerrilla broadcasts and their effects on the Portuguese counterinsurgency project in their war to hold on to their African colonies. Dr. Moorman is an Associate Professor of History.

Dr. Lauren MacLean, Professor and Arthur Bently Chair, Political Science, is part of a team that has received funding from the American Political Science Association's inaugural round of $25,000 Special Projects Fund awards.

Faculty, Student, Alumni, and Staff News

Congratulations to Susan Kavaya, MA African Studies and MPH, for receiving two scholarships for 2018-2019: a School of Public Health Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Applied Health Science and the Dale W. Evans Scholarship. Kavaya teaches Swahili for the African Studies Program.

African Studies Senior Lecturer Dr. Betty Dlamini's three-day English as a Second Language workshop in Rwanda is highlighted at "The strategies that we employ in training teachers in English instruction, we use pleasurable ways of accessing the language via songs, games and ways their students engage."

Congratulations, Samson Ndanyi, Ph. D. candidate, History, on his successful defense of his dissertation, "The Cinema is a Great Influence in the Life of the Modern Child": Instructional Cinema and Child Spectators in Colonial Kenya, 1926–1963. Samson has accepted a position at Rhodes College where he will teach Africa to 1800, Africa from 1800, Black Cinema, Black Protests, and Africana Studies during the 2018-2019 academic year. Samson also recently wrote an article, The tale of two presidents, for

African Studies Program Senior Lecturer Dr. Betty Dlamini has been selected as a member of the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Class of 2018! She is one of 20 distinguished members who participated in Summer 2018 retreat where all were inducted. Dr. Dlamini teaches IsiZulu language courses as well as culture classes such as Gumboot Dance: Beauty from Pain and Drama for Development. Congratulations, Dr. Dlamini, and thank you for your dedication to our students!

Upcoming Events ♦ Announcements

Celebration of the Life of Bernard Woma

October 21 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Near-Marshall BCC Grand Hall

Join friends, students, teachers, colleagues, and family for a celebration of the life of this extraordinary musician, teacher, and human being through music, song, dance, and spoken word. Download the flyer here.

Friday Colloquium

October 26 | 10:30am-Noon | GISB GA 3067

Dr. Taiwo Ehineni , Ph. D., Linguistics, Indiana University Associate Instructor-Yoruba, African Studies Program, presents Yoruba Names: Language as a Sociocultural Mirror. See the full Friday Colloquium schedule here.

Apply for a Master of Arts in African Studies

Now through December 1, 2018, for International Students | Now through January 15, 2019, for Domestic Students

Explore our Master of Arts degree including dual and joint options with Library Science, Public Health, and Public Affairs.

Spring 2019 Registration

Early Registration is Open Now

See all AFRI and cross listed courses here. This list will be continuously updated until the beginning of classes.

African Languages Tea Time

Thursdays through November 15 | 11:00am - 2:00pm | GISB Atrium

Full schedule below! This is a perfect opportunity to meet instructors and students from each of our six languages, have some tea, and explore new cultures and languages:

Special Events

Fall 2018

See other African Studies sponsored events, including a screening of Vaya and a lecture by IU Religious Studies Ph. D. candidate Emily Stratton here.


Welcome, Ibrahim Odugbemi and Barakaeli Mbise, our FLTAs for 2018-2019, pictured here with ASP Languages Coordinator Alwiya Omar. Ibrahim will assist with Yoruba instruction, and Barakaeli will assist with Swahili instruction. Learn more about our Fulbright scholars here.

Quick Links

Follow us on social media!