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David Adu-Amankwah

Dr. Adu-Amankwah is an Assistant Coordinator for the African Languages Program and an instructor in Twi/Akan as well as for the African Studies Program. Courses offered by Dr. Adu-Amankwah include Akan Social Life and Cultural Heritage, Occultism in Africa, Popular Akan Oral Art Forms, African Expressive Routines, African Communication and Culture, and Akan courses at all three levels, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. His research interests include Akan language, culture, and verbal art (proverb, praise poetry, and joke); African communication in culture; occult power and 'Spiritist' shurches in Ghana; and ethnopragmatics of verbal art.


Jennifer Brass

Jennifer Brass

Dr. Brass is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public & Environmental Affairs. She is also on the faculties of Political Science, The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, and The Center on Philanthropy. Dr. Brass' work focuses on on the political economy of development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, NGOs, service provision and governance. Courses taught include: V160: National and International Policy, V450: Nation Building, and V450/V534: NGO Management for International Development.



Claude Clegg

Dr. Clegg, Professor in the Department of History, is also an adjunct in American Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching interests focus on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world. Dr. Clegg is interested in the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside of Africa, particularly in the slave and post-emancipation societies of North America and the Caribbean. He offers courses in The African diaspora, African American history, U.S. history (since 1865), the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Southerners (1865-1965).


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Stuart Davis

Dr. Davis is a Professor in the Departmnet of Linguistics. His research interests are in Phonology, Arabic, and African American English. Courses offered by Dr. Davis include Phonology and the Ebonics Controversy.


Hasan El-Shamy

Hasan El-Shamy

Dr. El-Shamy is a Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. His research interests include Africa; the Middle East; mental health in traditional cultures; psychological approaches and folklore theorythe folk narrative and the ballad; typology; social structure; religion among the folk; psychological approaches to traditional culture; religion, myth and ritual; narrative folk poetry; kinship and folklore; and typology and classification. He teaches a variety of courses including Folklore Theories, African and Middle Eastern Narratives, Tales Women Tell in the Middle East and the Behavioral Patterns they Portray, Folklore and Psychology, and Comparative Approaches in Folklore.


Michael Gasser

Michael Gasser

Michael Gasser is a computational linguist and cognitive scientist in the School of Informatics and Computing. After 10 years of language teaching, including time spent in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and came to Indiana University, where for the next 15 years he developed computational models of human language acquisition. Five years ago, he became convinced that research in computational linguistics could benefit the "disadvantaged" languages of the Global South, and his work now focuses on building practical systems that process such languages and can be applied to tasks such as translation, language teaching, information retrieval, and language revitalization. Within Africa, he concentrates on the major languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea, and he has written programs that analyze and generate words in Amharic, Oromo, and Tigrinya. The long-term plan is to integrate these programs into machine translation systems for these languages. He is collaborating with several Ethiopian graduate students on these projects.


Paula Girshick

Paula Girshick

Dr. Girshick is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests center on the history of the African art market in South Africa (collecting, selling, and exhibiting), as well as monument,s museums, and identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Dr. Girshick will be retiring after the spring semester of 2012, but her offered courses include the anthropology of tourism and exhibiting cultures (museums, world fairs, and exhibits).





Jane Goodman

Jane E. Goodman

Dr. Goodman, Associate Professor of Communication and Culture, focuses on the topics of performance, colonialism, textuality and discourse, North Africa, France, and Berber studies. Presently, she is working on Algerian theater from both ethnographic and historical perspectives, resulting in a book entitled Algerian Tempest, a study of a study of an Algerian theater troupe's adaptation and production of William Shakespeare's Tempest, as well as a historical article on Algerian theater during the rise of Reform Islam in the 1930s-1950s. Dr. Goodman's offered classes include undergraduate-level courses on Identity and Difference, Power and Violence: Political Systems in Ethnographic Perspective, Performance, Culture and Power in the Middle East and North Africa, and Ethnography as Cultural Critique. For graduate students, her courses include: Identity and Difference, Traveling Texts: The Politics and Aesthetics of Intertexuality, Ethnography and Social Theory in North Africa and the Middle East, and Introduction to Performance Studies.


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John H. Hanson

Dr. Hanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He is interested in Islam, Religion, and 19th and 20th century West Africa. Dr. Hanson's offered courses include African Civilizations, History of West Africa, Christianity in Africa, Jihad and the Modern World, graduate colloquia and seminars on various topics in social and cultural history.



James D. Kelly

Dr. Kelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism. Since 2001, he has headed a series of three training projects funded by the U.S. Department of State aimed at strengthening the ability of east African journalist to report on social issues, most specifically the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In each of the two-dozen multi-day workshops the projects have organized, working journalists join staff members from NGOs focused on HIV/AIDS issues to discuss their common goals, their differing work routines, and how they do a better job of providing the general population with news and information about the epidemic. The workshops have included nearly 300 participants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda and have multi-week included multi-week workshops for Africans in America where they have done short internships with media and healthcare organizations. In the summers of 2010 and 2011 I have taken a dozen IU students to Kenya where they have spent three weeks reporting on HIV/AIDS issues and the work of IU Medical School's AMPATH project. These classes included 12 Kenyan students from Moi University and resulted in a website displaying their reporting in text, photos, audio and video. Dr. Kelly's course offerings include Reporting on HIV/AIDS in Africa.


David Lohrmann

Dr. Lohrmann is Interim Chair and Professor, Applied Health Science Department. His research include school health promotion programs; school health education; and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention. He teaches a variety of courses about school health.







Marissa Moorman

Marissa Moorman

Dr. Moorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She is a historian of southern Africa. Her research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola, specifically with an interest in the ways that cultural practice is productive of politics and not just derivative of it. Currently, Dr. Moorman is working on a book project entitled Tuning in to Nation, which looks at the relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa as anti-colonial movements established independent states in the context of a region newly charged by Cold War politics. Another project, tentatively called Kuduro in Transatlantic Translation, studies the contemporary Angolan music and dance genre, kuduro, both in Angola and as it has been adapted in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. Courses taught by Dr. Moorman include E340 Abacosts, Afropop and the African City: African Pop Culture History; E355 Conflict in Southern Africa; J300 African History and Film and graduate courses that include Guns, Radios and Cellphones: African Histories of Technology; Gender and Sexuality in African History; and The African Nation and its Fragments.


Michael Morrone

Michael Morrone

Michael Morrone, JD is a Senior Lecturer with the Kelley School of Business in Communication, Professional, and Computational Skills. His research interests are in developing case studies to promote theory-based, ethical, and effective cross-cultural communication. He teaches X204 Business Communication and L216 Black Markets: Supply and Demand.





Michelle Moyd

Michelle R. Moyd

Dr. Moyd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. In addition to her affiliation with the African Studies Program, she is also an affiliate in Germanic Studies. Trained as a historian of eastern Africa, her research explores the social and cultural history of soldiers, known as askari, in the colonial army of German East Africa, today's Tanzania, as well as the topics of general African military history, militaries and labor, everyday history of colonialism, and power and its expressions. Dr. Moyd is currently at work on her first book project, which examines the ways that the askari identities arose out of, and were shaped by, their geographical and sociological origins, their ways of war, and their roles as agents of the colonial state. She teaches History E200—War and Peace in 20th Century Africa, History E331—Africa to 1800, History E332—Africa Since 1800, History J300—African Military Cultures and Conflict: Myths and Realities, History H695—War, Peace, Other in African History, and History H695—Eastern Africa.


Diane Pelrine '91

Dr. Pelrine is the Associate Director for Curatorial Services and Raymond and Laura Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Indiana University Art Museum. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art, and finally, a PhD graduate from Indiana University in African Art History. She studies African crafts and textiles as well as the collecting and exhibiting of ethnographic arts. Dr. Pelrine teaches A155, Introduction to African Art; A355/A555, Art, Craft, and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa; A352/A552, Art of Eastern and Southern Africa; A356/A556, Art of Central Africa; and A650, Problems in African Art (variable topics).


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Daniel B. Reed

Dr. Reed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is interested in music and identity, religion, globalization and immigration; masked performance; popular music; West Africa, especially Cote d'Ivoire. Courses offered by Dr. Reed include Global Popular Music, West African Music, Music in African Life, Music in Religious Thought and Experience, and Introduction to World Music and Culture, all for undergraduates. For graduates, courses include History of Ideas in Ethnomusicology, Ritual Music in West Africa, African Expressive Culture Now, Advanced Fieldwork: Writing and Representation, Music in Religious Thought and Experience, and Music in African Life.


Michael Reece

Michael Reece

Michael Reece, Ph.D., MPH, is the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER), where he is also Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. Dr. Reece is also a member of the advisory board for the IU Center for Global Health. His work is primarily focused on sexual health in both domestic and international settings, with a history of research focused on the psychosocial consequences of HIV infection among individuals living in several African countries. Dr. Reece is also the HPER liaison for the dual Master of Public Health (MPH) and M.A. in African Studies degree program.


Darlene Sadlier

Dr. Sadlier is the Director of the Portuguese Program and a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research interests include Brazilian and Portuguese literatures and cultures, Latin American cinema, and Gender studies.




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Beth Lewis Samuelson

Dr. Samuelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education, School of Education. Her research interests include literacy education, content-based instruction in language education, English as a second/foreign language, and the Books and Beyond Project. Courses Dr. Samuelson teaches include Theoretical Issues in Literacy Studies and Research in Second Language Writing.


Beverly Stoeltje

Beverly Stoeltje

Beverly Stoeltje is a Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Her research takes her to Ghana's contemporary Asante courts, and studies issues related to chieftaincy as practiced today, including the role of Queenmothers. Dr. Stoeltje's publications include articles on Queenmothers and Chiefs and their courts, using theory from the Anthropology of Law and Performance, as well as Ghanaian scholars, including a recent volume on Chieftaincy Law by S.A. Brobbey, a Supreme court judge in Ghana. She has considered the use of curse in particular and continue to do so, noting that it is sometimes used to cross thresholds. This concept is derived from Karen Barber's discussion of Jane Guyer's book, Marginal Gains. Projects she has organized include two workshops on Women and Law in Africa (papers published in Africa Today), and a Symposium: Human Rights and Legal Systems Across the Global South (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Maurer Law School, papers published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies). Dr. Stoeltje teaches courses on The Performance of Nationalism; Law and Culture; Ritual, Festival and Public Culture; Ethnographies of Africa; Talk, Tales and Television in Africa; and Voices of Women.


Barbara Van Der Pol

Dr. Van Der Pol, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, is in the Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the School of HPER and has a secondary appointment as Director of the Infectious Diseasese Laboratory in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the IU School of Medicine. She has been actively involved in research, technology transfer, capacity building and program implementation in sub-Saharan Africa for 15 years. Her research is focused on sexual health epidemiology specifically women's sexual health in the socio-cultural context of daily living. Dr. Van Der Pol is the US director of the laboratory core of the IU-Kenya program and is heavily involved with improving the quality of Kenyan Ministry of Health laboratory services. Her graduate courses include Y624 Social Epidemiology and T590, Introduction to Research Methods.


Henry Wakhungu

Dr. Wakhungu is affiliated with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He works with the development of growth simulation models for sustainable management of indigenous community forests, experimental designs in tropical forestry research, service-learning research, classroom action research on student active learning via group research projects in undergraduate introductory statistical techniques courses, and how pre-service teachers conceptualize mathematics (philosophically) indexed with their beliefs and conceptions about mathematics learning and teaching. He teaches SPEAK K300 and SPEA V506.


Edward Watts

Dr. Watts is a Professor in the Department of History. To date, Dr. Watts' research has concentrated on the intellectual and religious history of the later Roman Empire. His first book, City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria (University of California Press, 2006), details how the increasingly Christian upper class of the late Roman Empire used a combination of economic and political pressures to neutralize pagan elements of the traditional educational system. His second book, Riot in Alexandria: Historical Debate in Pagan and Christian Communities (University of California Press, 2010) draws upon Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Syriac sources to reconstruct the progression of a three-day long violent encounter between pagan intellectuals, Christian ascetics, and the bishop of Alexandria. By examining the ideas and communal interactions that fueled this moment of urban violence, Riot connects the power of oral and written texts to the personal relationships that gave them meaning and to the actions that reshaped a city. He has currently begun work on a third book-length project, a monograph that reconstructs the generational history of the men and women born between 305 and 324 (the last group of Romans born before Constantine assumed full control of the Roman Empire). He is additionally in the planning stages of a monograph examining the institutional and cultural history of Platonism from its origins until the early seventh century. In addition to these larger projects, Dr. Watts has also published articles discussing violence in late antiquity, anti-Chalcedonian eschatology, the role played by oral traditions in late antique communities, Platonism in both the Hellenistic and late antique periods, and the process of Christianization in the Roman world. He teaches a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses that present the political, cultural, and religious history of the ancient, late antique, and medieval Mediterranean world. In addition to a 2-course sequence of Roman history surveys, he also regularly offers undergraduate and graduate seminars exploring late Roman paganism, the evolution of the ancient biographical genre, hagiography in late antiquity, the late antique Near East, and Egypt in late antiquity.



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