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Summer (Tritt) Durrant '11

Summer holds a M.A. in African Studies and a MLS from the School of Library and Information Science ('09). Her researach interests include digital libraries in sub-Saharan Africa and the history of libraries in Ghana. She is currently an Assistant Librarian (Economics and Government Information) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Library.


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Jennifer Hart '11

Jennifer holds a PhD in History. Her dissertation was entitled 'Suffer to Gain': Citizenship, Accumulation, and Motor Transportation in Late-Colonial and Postcolonial Ghana. She is currently an Assistant Professor of African History at Wayne State University.


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Megan Hershey '11

Megan holds a PhD in Political Science with a minor in African Studies. Her dissertation was entitled NGOs, Community Participation and Kenya's Fight Against HIV/AIDS. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Whitworth University.


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Jeremy Kenyon '09

Jeremy holds a M.A. in African Studies and a MLS from the School of Library and Information Science. His research interests include scholarly information access in Africa, African environmental historiography, and African Studies in the natural/applied sciences. He is currently a Reference and Instruction Librarian (Natural Resources) at the University of Idaho Library.


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Janice R. Levi '11

Janice holds a M.A. in African Studies. Her researach interests include present-day and historical Jewish presence in West Africa, Afro-Judeo relations, identity studies, and how West African Jewish communities are using memory and an understanding of Jewish heritage to construct their identity as Jews and/or descendants of Jews as well as how that understood heritage and identity is being contested by the global Jewish community. Janice works at the College of International Stuides at the University of Oklahoma, in the capacity of International Programs Adviser.


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Dee Mortensen '84

Dee holds a M.A. in Comparative Literature with a foucs on Latin American and African literatures. She is Senior Sponsoring Editor for Indiana University Press and has worked on publishing the following series at IU Press: African Epic, African Expressive Cultures, African Issues, African Systems of Thought, Global African Voices, Readings in African Studies, and World Philosophies.


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Donna A. Patterson '08

Donna holds a PhD in African History with minors in African Studies, Latin American history, and Caribbean history. Her research interests are in West and Francophone Africa, medical professionalization, drugs, and gender. She currently is Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She teaches courses in African history, African affairs, the African Diaspora, and Islamic worlds. Donna spent summer '11 completing archival work and oral interviews for her current book project on the history of Senegal's pharmacists. This trip was generously funded by the West African Research Association (WARA). She is also the recipient of other fellowships including those from Fulbright IIE, the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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