|School of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology Department, Associate Professor
Marié Abe holds an MA and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a degree in sociology, anthropology, and ethnomusicology from Swarthmore College. Her scholarship explores politics of space and sound, critical cultural theory, and Japanese popular performing arts. Other research interests include cultural advocacy, ritual music in Bali and Thailand, the global circulation of tango, the accordion and immigrant communities in California, anti-nuclear movement and music in Japan, and afro-futurism in the United States.Before coming to Boston University, Prof. Abe taught in the Department of Music and Asian Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.She is currently working on a book-length ethnographic analysis of chindon-ya, a live musical advertisement practice in Japan. She is also a co-producer of the NPR radio documentary “Squeezebox Stories” (premiered in Fall 2011), which tells stories from Californian immigration history using the accordion as a common trope. Marié is an active performer of the accordion and piano, with frequent concert tours and collaborations with recording artists from the United States and Japan. She is currently performing with the Boston-based Ethiopian groove collective, Debo Band (Sub Pop/Next Ambience), which has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR, and other media.
Betty S. Anderson
|College of Arts & Sciences, History Department, Associate Professor
Betty Anderson’s current research focuses on the development of political parties, national identity, and educational policies in Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon. Her publications include History Handbook, Houghton Mifflin Press, 2003; Nationalist Voices in Jordan: The Street and the State, University of Texas Press, 2005; and The American University of Beirut: Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education, University of Texas Press, 2011.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Archaeology, Professor
Co-director of the joint BU/IUO (University of Naples “l’Orientale”) project at Aksum, Ethiopia, 1993–2002, where a number of sites were excavated, including a large elite residence and cemetery on Bieta Giyorgis Hill to the northwest of Aksum, dating to the late 1st millennium BC and 1st millennium AD. Since 2003, Kathryn Bard has been co-directing excavations at the 4,000-year-old pharaonic port at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, which was used to send seafaring expeditions to the land of Punt, in the southern Red Sea region. She is now working on compiling and editing the publication of the Aksum excavations. In 2010 Bard was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Areas of interest: Late prehistory of Egypt; the origins of complex societies and early states in northeast Africa: Egypt, Nubia, and northern Ethiopia/Eritrea; the Red Sea trading network in the Bronze Age; Iron Ages.
Linda L. Barnes
|Boston Healing Landscape Program, Director and Associate Professor
Linda Barnes surveys the religiously based healing practices popular among African-Americans and members of African Diaspora communities in and around Boston in an effort to improve communication between doctors and patients. This multi-institutional project is coordinating several studies that examine how minorities supplement or find alternatives to modern Western medicine. The information gathered will eventually be integrated into the BU School of Medicine’s curriculum.
Areas of Interest: Religiously based healing practices popular among African-Americans and members of African Diaspora communities in and around Boston.
|School of Public Health, Global Health, Assistant Professor
Phone: (617) 638-4611
Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH has been working in the field of international public health for approximately 8 years. Dr. Beard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health where she directs the writing program and teaches courses in professional and scientific writing. Her research interests include the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children in low and middle income countries, the social impacts of HIV/AIDS, and human resource capacity strengthening. Her most recent work looks at the children of sex workers, drug users, and men who have sex with men in low and middle-income countries. She has co-authored academic articles for publication on the household welfare of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, sexual risk behaviors of migrant workers in China, and a literature review on the non-clinical impacts of antiretroviral therapy on quality of life and labor productivity in developing countries. Dr. Beard is currently working with non-governmental organizations in Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zambia to document services they are providing to the children of sex workers and drug users. In addition, she is the PI of an evaluation project assessing the social impact of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows program. She completed PhD in English Literature in 1998 at the University of New Hampshire after receiving an MA from Ohio University in 1991; she received her MPH from BUSPH in 2006. Though her current work is focused on international health, she remains a devoted reader of Victorian novels and is convinced that many of her current research interests have their roots in her passion for Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Art History & Architecture, Associate Professor
Cynthia Becker is a scholar of African arts specializing in the arts of the Imazighen (Berbers) in northwestern Africa, specifically Morocco, Algeria, and Niger. Her research has been supported by grants from Fulbright, the Council of American Overseas Centers, Fulbright-Hays, and the American Institute of Maghreb Studies. Professor Becker has served as a consultant for numerous museum exhibitions and published articles on the visual and performing arts of the Imazighen as well as the trans-Saharan slave trade. Her book Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity was published by the University of Texas Press in July 2006. She co-author of Desert Jewels: Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection (New York: Museum for African Art, 2009). Becker is currently working on a book about the Afro-Islamic aesthetics and ceremonial practices of the Gnawa (descendants of former slaves in Morocco) that considers the history of the trans-Saharan slave trade and its implications for material culture in both western and northern Africa. Other projects include the visual expression of Amazigh consciousness by contemporary painters/activists, the influence of Sufism on contemporary Moroccan art, and the visual culture and history of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans (her hometown). She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2009–2010).
Areas of Interest: Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Niger, and New Orleans
| College of Fine Arts, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Associate Professor
Michael Birenbaum Quintero received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Ethnomusicology at New York University. His research focuses on the music of the black inhabitants of Colombia’s Pacific coast region. His book, Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia’s Black Pacific (Oxford University Press, 2019), examines the feedback, interference, and overlap between different experiences of currulao music – as ritual sonority (“rites”), political resource (“rights”) and popular music (“rhythms”) – by tracking their historical emergence, development, and maintenance or abandonment as systems of meaning that frame musical sound at the present-day conjuncture of neoliberalism, cultural mobilization, and civil war in Colombia. His work uses both fieldwork and historical methods to examine music as emerging from people’s sonic practices, as having real-world ramifications, and as being available to being interpreted in divergent ways. He’s particularly interested in tracing the ways that blackness has been framed through music from colonialism to multiculturalism; the efficacy of states’ cultural policies and social movements’ cultural politics; black cosmopolitanism and vernacular uses of technology; the cultural, social, economic, technological, and legal aspects of musical circulation; ontological framings of music as practice or object; and the ways in which experiences of loudness can illustrate the dynamics of power, the social meaning of violence, and the delineation of public and private in the global South. Before arriving at BU, he taught at Bowdoin College. He was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Anthropology Department at Johns Hopkins University and the Musicology Department of Peabody Conservatory, through an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in “Concepts of Diaspora.” He was a visiting professor in the doctoral program in Afro-Latin American History, Society and Culture at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia through a Fulbright Core Scholar Grant. He has received awards including the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Seeger Prize and a Fulbright IIE pre-doctoral research grant and was honored to be invited to deliver the keynote address at the 1st Annual Congress of Marimba and Traditional Song of the Colombian Pacific in Buenaventura, Colombia. Beyond the academy, Prof. Birenbaum Quintero has also helped design cultural policy initiatives with the Colombian Ministry of Culture, established and directed a grassroots community music archive with the Asociacion de Investigaciones Culturales del Chocó, composed PSA jingles for the Afro-Colombian activist organization Proceso de Comunidades Negras, collaborated with Colombian scholars, appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and the Afropop Worldwide podcast, and organized tours and workshops with musicians.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Professor
Laurence Breiner focuses on Caribbean literature, especially poetry, and post-colonial literatures; 17th-century English and comparative literature.
Areas of Interest: Caribbean
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Romance Studies, Professor
Odile Cazenave is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Boston University. She is interested in francophone literature and cinema, especially that of Africa, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, and the Indian Ocean. She also focuses on modern French literature and culture, as well as feminist/gender and postcolonial theory. Odile Cazenave is the author of Femmes rebelles: naissance d’un nouveau roman africain au féminin (L’Harmattan, Paris 1996), and its translation, Rebellious Women (Lynne Rienner, 1999), and Afrique sur Seine: Une nouvelle génération de romanciers africains à Paris (L’Harmattan, 2003)/Afrique sur Seine: A New Generation of African Writers in Paris (Lexington Books, 2005). The guest editor for Présence Francophone 58, ‘Francophonies, Ecritures et Immigration,’ she has published numerous articles on women writers, on questions of identity, as well as on issues of displacement, (im)migration and globalization. She co-edited a special issue for Cultures Sud, 172, with Tanella Boni, on “L’engagement au féminin” and she just finished a manuscript with co-writer Patricia Celerier (Vassar College) on Engaging Literature: Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment.
Areas of Interest: Francophone Africa
|School of Management, Finance and Economics, Professor
Iain Cockburn is Professor of Finance & Economics in the School of Management. Professor Cockburn’s research interests include the economics of intellectual property and technology transfer, with a particular focus on the biopharmaceutical industry, global health issues, access to medicines, and development. Among his current research projects are “Location of Biopharmaceutical Activity,” “Intellectual Property Rights and the Global Distribution of Clinical Trials,” and “Frameworks for Evaluating the Impact of TRIPs on Global Health and Innovation.” Professor Cockburn grew up in Zambia, and has a longstanding interest in the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa.
|College of Arts & Sciences, African American Studies Program, Professor
Louis Chude-Sokei is a writer and scholar whose work ranges widely in and around the literary, political and cultural phenomena of the African Diaspora. Scholarly work includes the award-winning, The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2006), The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2016) and the forthcoming, Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber and Other Essays (Wesleyan University Press). Also imminent is a memoir with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that traces his intellectual development across multiple nations and distinct Black cultures. Chude-Sokei is the Editor in Chief of The Black Scholar, one of the oldest journals of Black Studies, which was this year ranked by Princeton Journal reviews as the #1 journal of Black Studies in the United States.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Writing Program, Lecturer
Dr. Conz is an environmental historian of Africa who completed his Ph.D. in May 2017 at Boston University. In addition to teaching writing at BU, he teaches courses in African History at Tufts University. He is now working on a book titled “Reshaping the Land: Environmental Ideas, Policies, and Practices in Lesotho, 1880-1970,” to be published by James Currey Publishers. Chris has published peer-reviewed articles in Agricultural History, Environment & History, and the Journal of Southern African Studies.
Neta C. Crawford
|College of Arts & Sciences, African American Studies Program, Professor
Neta C. Crawford is Professor of Political Science and African American Studies and her teaching focuses on international ethics and normative change. Dr. Crawford is currently on the board of the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS). She has also served as a member of the governing Council of the American Political Science Association; on the editorial board of the American Political Science Review; and on the Slavery and Justice Committee at Brown University, which examined Brown University’s relationship to slavery and the slave trade. Her research interests include international relations theory, normative theory, foreign policy decision making; abolition of slavery; African foreign and military policy; sanctions; peace movements; discourse ethics; post-conflict peace building; research design; utopian science fiction; and emotion. She is the author of Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which was a co-winner of the 2003 American Political Science Association Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book in International History and Politics. She is co-editor of How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (St. Martin’s, 1999). Her articles have been published in books and scholarly journals such as the Journal of Political Philosophy; International Organization; Security Studies; Perspectives on Politics; International Security; Ethics and International Affairs; Press/Politics; Africa Today; Naval War College Review; Orbis; and Qualitative Methods. Dr. Crawford has appeared on radio and TV and written op-eds on U.S. foreign policy and international relations for newspapers including the Boston Globe; Newsday (Long Island); the Christian Science Monitor; and the Los Angeles Times.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology Department, Associate Professor
Joanna Davidson is a cultural anthropologist focusing on rural West Africans’ responses to environmental and economic change. She has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Guinea-Bissau among Diola rice cultivators. She is writing a book on the changing notion of “sacred rice” in this region, and she has published several articles on this and related topics. One important aspect of her work highlights the gaps between goals of development and programs and local peoples, and helps explain the mixed success of new food technologies in Africa. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MA and PhD from Emory University.
André de Quadros
|College of Arts & Sciences and College of Fine Arts, Professor of Music
André de Quadros holds professorial positions in the College of Fine Arts and in CAS/GRS and is an affiliate faculty member of the Global Health Initiative. He has an international career conducting choirs and orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. His former position was Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance at Monash University School of Music-Conservatorium in Australia. Awards include Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President’s Special Commendation for Distinguished Teaching. He has a continuing research interest in the syncretic music of the African diaspora with particular reference to choral music and children’s folklore, two areas in which he has edited educational materials and choral editions. As the chair of the Multicultural and Ethnic Commission of the International Federation for Choral Music, he collects manuscripts and audio materials from the African continent. His education includes: BA, University of Bombay; Diploma of Humanities, La Trobe University; Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Music, Victorian College of the Arts; Master of Education, La Trobe University; Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Monash University; DAAD scholarship 1979–1980 for graduate studies at Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He was Artistic Director, Melbourne International Festival of Choirs; Editor, Music of Asia and the Pacific, Earthsongs, Oregon and Songs of the World, Hinshaw Music, North Carolina; Artistic Director, Arab Choral Festival; Honorary Artistic President, Symposium on Church Choral Music, Indonesia; Member, Working Group on Conductors without Borders.
Areas of Interest: African choral music, children’s folklore, music in community health
Languages: Hindi, Konkani, Marathi, German, French, Portuguese
Michael C. DiBlasi
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Archaeology and African Studies Center, Associate Director, Program for the Study of the African Environment; Editor, International Journal of African Historical Studies
Michael DiBlasi, Adjunct Associate Professor of Archaeology, has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. His research focuses on aspects of Late Holocene (ca. 2000 BC-AD 800) environmental history and human ecology in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach that integrates archaeology, anthropology, history, and the natural sciences. He was a member of the Boston University–University of Naples “L’Orientale”- Archaeological Project at Bieta Giyorgis, Aksum (1994–2003), and is currently conducting research on the evolution of cultural landscapes and the development of complex societies in northern Ethiopia. As Publications Editor for the African Studies Center, DiBlasi edits the International Journal of African Historical Studies and several working paper series. www.bu.edu/africa/publications/index.html
Areas of Interest: Late Holocene archaeology of eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya); environmental history and human ecology; archaeological palynology; development of complex societies.
|College of Communications, Journalism, Associate Professor
Professor Donohue is an award-winning public radio producer and editor. She was the special projects editor at Monitor for five years, and has also been a contributor to NPR, the BBC, WGBH, WBUR and other public radio programs, winning the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for The DNA Files on NPR. She has a special interest in international news, politics, and health and has reported from China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia and throughout the United States. She has won numerous journalism awards for productions on women and AIDS, population and women’s reproductive health, and treatment of women and girls in the developing world. Prior to her work in public radio, Donohue was a writer and producer in commercial television news at ABC News in Washington and the CBS affiliate in Boston.In 2008, Donohue was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, teaching journalism at Renmin (People’s) University. Donohue remained in Beijing and filed radio reports for several public radio outlets during the run up to the Olympics as well as NBC News during the Olympics. She is the author of a chapter in From Home to Homeland, published in 2010.
Susan Eve Eckstein
|College of Arts & Sciences, Departments of Sociology, Latin American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, Political Science, Professor
Susan Eckstein is a specialist on urbanization, immigration, poverty, rights and injustices, and social movements in the context of developing countries. She has also written on agrarian reform, comparative development, and effects of revolution. Her main focus is on Latin America and she is interested in developing countries in general. She has written most extensively on Mexico, Cuba, and Bolivia. Currently she is working on immigration and its impact across borders, focusing on the Cuban experience in particular. She has also done some writing on working class volunteerism and suburban ethnicity in the U.S. Professor Eckstein is the author of three books (in multiple editions) and editor of another three books in English. She has further published two books in Spanish and authored about seven dozen articles, winning several awards for her publications. She has held grants and fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for World Order, a Mellon-MIT grant, the Ford Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation. She has served as President of the Latin American Studies Association and of the New England Council on Latin America; held numerous other positions in the two societies as well as in the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society; and served on the editorial boards of about a dozen journals and press editorial boards.Areas of Interest: Cuba and Latin America
|Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, Director, Research Professor
Farouk El-Baz is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor in the Departments of Archaeology and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. El-Baz participated in the NASA Apollo Program as secretary of the Site Selection Committee for the six Apollo lunar landing missions, principal investigator of Visual Observations and Photography, and chairman of the Astronaut Training Group for orbital photography . He coordinated the first visit by American scientists to deserts in northwestern China. His research on the origin and evolution of the desert resulted in his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prior to embarking on extensive field trips to harsh deserts, El-Baz analyzed space photographs utilizing innovative techniques to select sites for detailed ground investigation. He first used this approach in the Western Desert of Egypt and soon applied the method to study deserts in Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Sultanate of Oman, Darfur in northwestern Sudan, the deserts of northwestern China, and the Rajasthan of northwest India. The Geological Society of America has established The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research to reward excellence and two student awards to encourage desert research. El-Baz served his native land as Science Advisor to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He presently serves on Egypt’s Higher Council for Science and Technology, which is headed by the Prime Minister.
Randall P. Ellis
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economics; Center for Health Economics Research & Evaluation, Professor
Randall P. Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Boston University specializing in health economics. He joined the BU faculty in 1981 after earning degrees in economics from Yale, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and MIT. Dr. Ellis’s interests include health economics in both developed and developing countries, with particular interests in how incentives affect consumer and health care provider behavior. Dr. Ellis is an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and serves on the board of directors of the International Health Economics Association and the American Society of Health Economists. Dr. Ellis has written over 100 articles, reports and papers on diverse health topics. He is best known for having helped develop the Diagnostic Cost Group payment formula used by the U.S. Medicare program and used in many countries around the globe. His recent research has been on risk adjustment; provider response to the reimbursement system; optimal health insurance; health plan competition; the economics of mental health; health demand modeling; and the cost-effectiveness of cancer screening. He has published about his experiences in Kenya, Egypt, Niger, India, and Australia.
|School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development, Assistant Professor
Matthew Fox is an assistant professor in the Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University. Matthew joined the Center in 2001. Before coming to Boston University he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics and a doctorate in epidemiology. He has a particular interest in infectious disease epidemiology and epidemiologic methods. Matthew is currently resident in Johannesburg, South Africa, studying ways to improve access to and outcomes on HIV treatment with a particular interest in issues relating the use of second line ART when first line treatment fails. Matthew also works on a study of the impact of HIV and AIDS and HAART therapy on labor productivity in Kenya, and a study of factors influencing access to HIV treatment in Zambia. He also does research with members of the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology on quantitative sensitivity analysis and recently co-authored a book on methods of quantitative bias analysis. When in Boston, he coteaches several courses in the Department of International Health, including IH 702 Skills in Critical Analysis and Evidence-Based Writing for Public Health Professionals and IH 808, Applied Research Proposal Development.
Areas of Interest: Infectious disease epidemiology and epidemiologic methods
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Religion, Professor, William Goodwin Aurelio Chair in the Appreciation of Scripture
David Frankfurter (BA, Wesleyan University [Religion]; MTS, Harvard Divinity School [Scripture]; MA, PhD, Princeton University [Religions of Late Antiquity]) works on aspects of the Christianization of Egypt, covering theoretical issues of popular and domestic religion, syncretism, the magic of scripture, and religious violence. His work depends on comparative conversation with anthropological work on the Christianization of African peoples, including witch-cleansing movements and modern constructions of evil. He has taught at the College of Charleston and the University of New Hampshire and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study (1993–95) and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study (2007–8), as well as research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1992) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2007–8). His publications include Elijah in Upper Egypt (Fortress Press, 1993), on an unusual early Christian prophecy that envisioned the end-times in Egyptian terms; Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance (Princeton University Press,1998), which shows the different ways Egyptian religion continued despite the decline of temples and rise of Christianity; and Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History (Princeton University Press, 2006), on the ways that cultures and religious movements (including modern Nigerians and Ghanaians) envision evil as an active, personified force; as well as the edited volume Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt (E.J. Brill, 1998). Areas of Interest: Theoretical issues of popular and domestic religion, syncretism, the magic of scripture, and religious violence
Languages: French and Coptic (the liturgical language of the Coptic Church used in Egypt and Ethiopia)
Christopher J. Gill
|School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development, Associate Professor
Phone: 617-638-6584 Dr. Gill is an infectious disease specialist by training. From 2002-2008 he was a faculty member of the Department of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health, engaged in a wide variety of clinical trials and investigations. His research interests have focused on child survival, and include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, adherence to HIV medications, and neonatal survival. He was the principal investigator of the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project in Northern Zambia (LUNESP), a prospective, cluster randomized and controlled effectiveness study designed to determine whether training traditional birth attendants to manage several common perinatal conditions could reduce neonatal mortality in the setting of a resource poor country with limited access to healthcare. The results demonstrated that training traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation skills significantly reduces neonatal mortality by approximately 50%. From 2008-end of 2010 he was the Director of the Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine clinical trials group at Novartis Vaccines. There he was responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of Phase IIb, III and IV clinical trials in support of the vaccine, and played a key role in licensing this new vaccine in over 33 countries around the world, including the US. In 2011, he rejoined the faculty at the BU Center for Global Health and Development and the BU School of Public Health. Christopher Gill has an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MS from Tufts-Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Studies.Dr. Gill is the Director of the BUSPH Pharmaceuticals Program, a unique educational offering at BUSPH that aims to educate public health practitioners about the role of pharmaceuticals in public health. Dr. Gill is also a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Pharmaceutical Policy (WHOCCPP) which provides research and programs for the improvement of access to essential drugs in developing countries and the development of policies that promote greater affordability and the appropriate usage of these medicines.
Charles L. Griswold
|College of Arts & Sciences, Philosophy Department, Professor
Phone: 617-353-2570 Charles Griswold is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy. Before coming to Boston University in the fall of 1991 Griswold taught at Howard University, and has held visiting appointments at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Yale University. Griswold serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Theoria: a Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (based in South Africa), Ancient Philosophy, and the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and was also a member of the Advisory Council of BU’s Institute on Race & Social Division. In 2007, Griswold published Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2007, simultaneous paperback and hardback publication; third printing with corrections 2007). For more information about Professor Griswold, see here.
|College of Communication, Film Studies, African Studies Center, Assistant Professor
Phone: 617-353-6185 Roy Grundmann specializes in the history and theory of avant-garde film and video; film and media theory; gender and sex representation; queer studies; selected topics in American and European cinema since World War II; and developing world cinema and theory. His is contributing editor of Cineaste magazine.Before coming to the United States, Roy Grundmann studied English and American literature and film at the University of Muenster, Germany, Exeter University, England, and the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He has taught film at New York University and at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. For the past ten years, Dr. Grundmann served as one of the editors of Cineaste magazine, for which he is now a contributing editor. His dissertation focuses on the films of Andy Warhol. He hold his PhD from New York University.Areas of Interest: Developing world cinema
| School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development, Research Assistant Professor
Phone: 617-414-1279 Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD is an applied sociologist with research interests in the determinants and consequences of human capital formation (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition) among women, children and adolescents and program evaluation. Currently, Halim is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Boston University. Her current research examines the associations between women’s political empowerment and gender-gaps in primary education in India, parental access to credit market and child growth in India, Vietnam, Peru and Ethiopia, and cash transfer program participation and female secondary education in Bangladesh. Her prior research examined the associations between public-private partnerships and primary schooling in Bangladesh, maternal education and child survival in Nepal, intimate partner violence against women and child nutrition in Liberia. Halim has consulted with the World Health Organization, and served as a co-Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and private foundations. Halim’s research has been published in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of International Development, Environment and Development Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research. Halim received her postdoctoral training in Social Demography at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A.s in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico.
Davidson H. Hamer
|School of Public Health, Center for International Health & Development; School of Medicine, Professor
Phone: 260-974-543773 Dr. Hamer works at the Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research and Development in Lusaka, Zambia. He has a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases, with extensive field experience in malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal, neonatal, and child survival studies, and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Hamer is also Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where he is involved in micronutrient interventions for prevention and treatment of infections. His current research interests include neonatal and maternal health, malaria in pregnancy, malaria case management, and the integrated community-based management of common childhood illness, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Areas of Interest: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia
Linda H. Heywood
|College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of History, Director of the African American Studies Program
Phone: 617-358-3389Linda Heywood is Professor of History and Director of the African American Studies Program. After having taught at Howard University since 1984, Linda Heywood joined the Boston University faculty in Fall 2003. Her specializations include African history, in particular, the African diaspora. She is the author of Contested Power in Angola, 1840s to the Present (2000).Drs. Linda Heywood and John Thornton won the 2008 Melville J. Herskovits award from the African Studies Association for their book, Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585–1660 (Cambridge University Press).Areas of Interest: African diaspora, Angolan history and politics
|College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center, Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone: 617-353-7305MA, PhD, Linguistics (African Studies), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1971, 1976 John Hutchison is Associate Professor Emeritus of African Languages at Boston University’s African Studies Center and has taught in the African Studies Center’s language program for many years.His interests include: African languages, creole languages (Haitian and Cape Verdean) & linguistics, linguistic and cultural reform of education systems in Africa, curriculum & textbook development in maternal languages; language policy for education in Africa, France’s linguistic and cultural policy, language teaching, language development for use in primary and adult education, textbook development, the politics of publishing in Africa, planning and developing linguistically and culturally relevant curricula, delivering education to rural areas, minority language publishing, and literacy. Languages: Languages: spoken: Bamanakan, French, Hausa, Kanuri/Kanembu, Basic Cape Verdean (Kriolu), Basic Haitian (Créole), Basic Spanish, Swahili; taught: Bamanakan, French, Hausa, Kanuri/Kanembu, Swahili
|School of Public Health, International Health, Center for Global Health & Development, Assistant Professor
Warren Kaplan received his Ph.D. from Boston University in Biology and studied the microbial ecology of a salt marsh on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the impact of nitrogen-containing pollution on the ecology of the marsh. Dr. Kaplan then spent over a decade at Harvard’s Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences looking at global budgets of greenhouse gases, including methane and nitrous oxide. He was part of the first group to measure the global distribution and production of these important climate modifiers. He attended Suffolk University Law School while at Harvard and became an Intellectual Property attorney. For 12 years he was a patent attorney and procuring patents and negotiating licenses in the fields of applied chemistry, biotechnology, and biomedical devices. He was Assistant General Counsel, IP at Biogen, Inc. prior to their merger with IDEC. He has an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and recently was Technical Officer for a WHO project to create a pharmaceutical prioritization scheme for the European Union (the “Priority Medicines Project”) as well as a WHO Project on “Priority Medical Devices”. He has consulted for the WHO, Health Action International (HAI), the Clinton Foundation, UNICEF. He has decades-long experience in scientific research, grant writing, legal and business analysis, business development, project management, multidisciplinary team participation, client management and facilitating problem solving/consensus building. At present, he is Assistant Professor of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. His interests are in pharmaceutical policy, intellectual property and innovation, access to generic medicines and use of mobile telephones as a health intervention.Dr. Kaplan is also a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Pharmaceutical Policy (WHOCCPP) which provides research and programs for the improvement of access to essential drugs in developing countries and the development of policies that promote greater affordability and the appropriate usage of these medicines.
|Pardee School of Global Studies, Assistant Professor
Mahesh Karra is an Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and the Associate Director of the Human Capital Initiative at the Global Development Policy Center. His academic and research interests are broadly in development economics, health economics, quantitative methods, and applied demography. His research utilizes experimental and non-experimental methods to investigate the relationships between population, health, and economic development in low- and middle-income countries. He has conducted field work in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, and his current research uses randomized controlled trials to evaluate the health and economic effects of improving access to family planning and maternal and child health services in Malawi, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He has also worked for the Population Reference Bureau and the Futures Group International and served as a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Population Council. Dr. Karra holds a B.A. in Economics and Hispanic Studies (Joint Hons) from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and an Sc.D. in Global Health Economics from Harvard University.
Areas of Interest: Malawi
|College of Communications, Department of Film & Television, Associate Professor of Film, Director of Film Production Programs
Phone: 617-353-7740Sam Kauffmann is an accomplished filmmaker who has filmed in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda and Rwanda. He was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts. In 2004 was a Fulbright Scholar in Uganda and in 2006 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Rwanda. His most recent film, Kids Living with Slim (2010) recently was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle. It is a follow-up to his 2004 award-winning film Living with Slim: Kids Talk About HIV/AIDS, about children in Africa who are HIV-positive. His film, Massacre at Murambi, which was shot in Rwanda, aired on PBS in 2007. www.samkauffmann.com
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology; BU Marine Program, Professor
Les Kaufman studies aquatic biological diversity, and the processes that create it (speciation), destroy it (extinction), and maintain it (conservation biology). His favorite workhorses are the labroids (damselfishes, cichlids, surfperches, and wrasess), a very species-rich group that includes a big chunk of the world’s lake, reef, and river fishes. His work focuses on why some organisms are more adaptable than others, and how this relates to the ways that they evolve and interact with each other. The lab is involved in two lines of basic research. First is analysis of the evolution of fish species flocks in the Great Lakes of East Africa, with a special focus on Lake Victoria. This project includes biotic survey of the headwaters of the White Nile, and laboratory studies of the morphology, ecology, and genetics of haplochromine cichlids. These are the fastest-evolving, and most rapidly disappearing fishes on earth. Second is a comparative study of skeletal plasticity in several types of fishes, including the cichlids. This work is oriented toward understanding the importance of plasticity in the wild, and the use of fishes as laboratory models for the study of human bone disease. Collectively, these studies employ a variety of methods, including morphometric and computer image analysis; comparative anatomy, kinematics, and histochemistry; field exploration and sampling; systematics; and studies of fish behavior in the laboratory. The goal of the applied research is to develop the science necessary for the conservation of aquatic biological diversity and fishery resources. Currently he is working on ways of preserving and restoring the indigenous species of tropical lakes and coral reefs. Though these systems are geographically and environmentally disparate, the human factors in all of them are very similar, chiefly; eutrophication, overexploitation, and xenobiotics. Understanding of the early life history of fishes is of universal importance in fish conservation, so current projects include a study of the demographics of nursery areas in the Georges Bank fishery, and work on the ecology of recruitment in tropical and temperate reef fishes.
Gerald T. Keusch
|School of Public Health; School of Medicine, Associate Provost, Associate Dean for Global Health, Professor of Medicine and International Health
Keusch is Associate Provost for Global Health at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) and Associate Dean for Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). He also serves as Professor of International Health at BUSPH, and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Keusch played a central role in international health research and policy issues at the NIH since 1998. Under his leadership, the programs of the Fogarty International Center expanded to address not only pressing global issues in infectious diseases, but also critical cross-cutting issues such as the ethical conduct of research, intellectual property rights and global public goods, and the impact of improved health on economic development. Prior to joining the NIH, Keusch served as Faculty Associate and Director of the Health Office of the Harvard Institute for International Development. He also has served as Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts University School of Medicine and the New England Medical Center. Keusch, a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Medical School, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is the author of more than 300 original publications, reviews and book chapters, and is the editor of eight scientific books. He has received the Squibb, Finland and Bristol awards of the Infectious Disease Society of America and has delivered numerous lectures including the Health-Clark Lecture at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Wesley Spink Lecture at the University of Minnesota, and the William Kirby Lecture at the University of Washington. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has ranged from the molecular pathogenesis of tropical infectious diseases to field research in nutrition, to immunology and host susceptibility, to the epidemiology and pathogenesis of treatment of tropical infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS-related wasting syndrome in African patients.
Areas of Interest: global health, international health research and policy
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Senior Lecturer in Arabic, Head of the Arabic Language Program
Dr. Giselle Khoury holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a specialty in foreign language acquisition. Dr. Khoury is a Senior Lecturer in Arabic and the Head of the Arabic Language Program at Boston University. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of the program and her responsibilities include curriculum, syllabi, material, and course development, course scheduling, assigning staff teaching schedules, instructor recruitment, methodological training and professional development of instructors and teaching assistants, and coordination and supervision of all sections. In addition, she advises and mentors instructors and students, conducts classroom observations, designs and coordinates all the extra curricular and cultural activities, ensures coherence and uniform standards within the language program, and handles any and all problems pertinent to the program. Dr. Khoury has an extensive and diverse language teaching experience. She has been teaching languages to learners with widely varying degrees of proficiency – ranging from beginners to advanced levels – and of varying ages, linguistic backgrounds, and cultural heritages. Dr. Khoury is currently administering two federally funded National Security Language Initiative projects at Boston University. She is the Principle Investigator and Program Director of the Academy for Arabic Teachers: STARTALK Arabic Teacher Professional Program (summer 2009 and 2010). Dr. Khoury is also the Coordinator of Project GO (Global Officers) BU, a Department of Defense funded program that aims to increase the number of ROTC students who are linguistically and culturally competent in 5 critical-need languages: Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, Hausa, and Wolof.
|Center for Remote Sensing, Research Associate Professor
Dr. Magaly Koch is a geologist specialized in the application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in the study of groundwater resources and environmental change of arid lands. She has conducted research on the: (i) estimation of the ground water potential of the Red Sea Hills of eastern Sudan, (ii) evaluation of the geomorphic effects of the Gulf War in Kuwait using pre- and post-war satellite images, (iii) characterization of wetland degradation processes in Spain, and (v) assessment of flash flood potential of ephemeral rivers (wadis) in Egypt, Oman, and United Arab Emirates. In recent years she has been engaged in archaeological studies dealing with the use of remote sensing and GIS (i) to uncover hidden Maya ruins in the thick rainforest and to understand the environmental resources available to this ancient civilization; and (ii) to examine the relationship between landscape evolution and cultural development of the Axumite kingdom in N Ethiopia, and the possible causes for past and present-day land degradation problems in this region. Dr. Koch graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany, in 1986 with a MSc in Geology. Her PhD research, on the use of remote sensing in ground water studies, was undertaken at Boston University, USA, and completed in 1993. Subsequently she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Union to undertake post-doctoral research at the Earth Science Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain. Her current post is that of Research Associate Professor at the Remote Sensing Center, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Areas of Interest: Geology, remote sensing and geographic information systems
Languages: Spanish, German
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of English, Associate Professor
Sanjay Krishnan’s current work focuses on postcolonial and world literatures, the novel, critical theory, and globalization. He is the author of Reading the Global: Troubling Perspectives on Britain’s Empire in Asia (2007). He has an abiding interest in the African novel, which has played an important part in the development of the novel form in the post-colonial and anglophone worlds.
Areas of Interest: The novel, post-colonial and world literatures, critical theory, globalization.
|School of Public Health, International Health, Associate Professor
Dr. Larson has conducted applied research activities in 25 countries over the past 20 years, mainly in Africa and the former Soviet Union. He has published results from these activities widely in journals and books. Before joining Boston University, Larson was an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, a Research Associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development, a Research Fellow with Winrock International, and an Agricultural Economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of these activities, he was based in Tallinn and Moscow during 1994-1997 and Nairobi in 2005-2006. Larson’s current research focuses on the economic impacts of antiretroviral therapy on individuals, households, and the private sector with a multidisciplinary group of colleagues at BU, the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kericho and Nairobi and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has worked on a wide range of other topics, including malaria prevention and treatment, and indoor and outdoor air pollution, household health and agricultural production, potable water, deforestation, environmental regulations and international competitiveness, trade and the environment, and eco-labels for environmental protection.
|School of Theology, Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice
Pamela Lightsey is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include: classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. An ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pamela pastored an urban church on the south side of Chicago, has done work for several UM general agencies and has strong connections within several mainline denominations. She has been a member of the Pan Methodist Commission for the last two quadrennials.She currently co-chairs the American Academy of Religion’s Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Soul Repair Project, which studies the role of moral injury in veterans. The project is funded by several sources including a Lilly Endowment grant and is directed by feminist scholar, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock.Pamela’s publications include “Reconciliation,” in Radical Evangelical (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) and “If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press).
|College of Arts & Sciences, Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
Margaret Litvin works on modern Arabic theater and political culture. Her book, Hamlet’s Arab Journey (Princeton University Press, Fall 2011), examines the many reworkings of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in post-colonial Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Her current project explores Cold War-era cultural ties between the Soviet Union and Arab countries, and their effect on Arabic literature. She holds a PhD in Social Thought from the University of Chicago (2006). She has lived in Egypt and traveled extensively to Lebanon and Morocco, and speaks Arabic, Russian, French, and Spanish.
Areas of interest: Egypt, Syria, Arab drama, Arab-Soviet cultural ties, intercultural literature.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science, Professor
Timothy Longman serves as Director of the African Studies Center and is Associate Professor of Political Science. Prior to arriving at BU, he taught for twelve years at Vassar College. He has also taught in the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the National University of Rwanda. From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Longman served as director of the field office of Human Rights Watch in Rwanda. He has subsequently served as a consultant for HRW, the International Center for Transitional Justice, USAID, and the State Department in Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Dr. Longman is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and of the book Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press.) His work focuses primarily on religion and politics, human rights, ethnic identity and politics, and gender and politics. He studies primarily Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Dr. Longman teaches International Human Rights and Problems and Issues of Contemporary Africa.
Areas of Interest: Religion and politics, human rights, ethnic identity and politics, gender and politics
William B. MacLeod
|School of Public Health, Center for International Health & Development, Assistant Professor
Bill MacLeod is a demographer who uses his skills in statistical programming, epidemiology, and biostatistics to lead the International Research Coordinating Center (IRCC) at the Center for International Health & Development (CIHD). The IRCC is responsible for the design, data management, and analysis of the CIHD conducted studies including international multi-center clinical equivalency trials, multi-center efficacy trials, and large-scale household surveys. At CIHD, he also manages a health research grant program in Zambia which focuses on funding policy oriented applied research projects coupled with technical assistance to build research capacity. Bill earned his DSc and MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and his BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis. He spent three years as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Recycling Section of the Office of Solid Waste, and two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Bill has worked and traveled around the world. SM, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health.
Areas of Interest: Statistical programming, epidemiology, and biostatistics
Zoliswa O. Mali
|College of Arts & Sciences, Africa Studies Center, Senior Lecturer; Director of the African Languages Program
Zoliswa Mali earned her PhD in second language acquisition focusing on linguistics and technology at the University of Iowa. She is especially interested in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and computer–mediated communication (CMC). She earned a MA (cum laude) in African languages (morphology and syntax) from the University of Stellenbosch, and a BA (Honors) from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She also obtained a MA in linguistics at the University of Iowa.Before coming to the United States, she had worked at The University of Fort Hare as a lecturer for isiXhosa linguistics and literature from 1989 to 2000. This was after a decade of teaching and being an administrator in the school system of the Department of Education in South Africa. She also worked as a coordinator of an African Studies Summer Institute that Fort Hare hosted collaboratively with Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and participated in the development of its curriculum in Andover in 1998. She also worked as a director for a group projects abroad (GPA) program employed by Yale University for the summers of 2002 and 2003 working at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She founded the isiZulu Program, which she taught for at The University of Iowa from 2000 to 2006, and was later part of the formulation of an autonomous language learning network (ALLNet), in which she later served as a tutor for isiZulu, at The University of Iowa. Dr Zoli Mali has also been an instructor of isiZulu for intensive summer language programs, for the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., as well as for the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She is now a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Southern African Languages at Boston University since summer 2007.
Other research interests include online instructional materials development as well as study abroad and their impact or effect on L2 acquisition. This feeds her interest in the integration of culture and technology in language teaching. She continues to seek and implement strategies of making foreign language learning not just effective but also fun and this is often reinforced by means of South African music used as a language learning tool. She has developed culture-based websites as well as several online activities to aid in her language instruction and bringing Africa and its culture closer to learners via technology.
Languages: Xhosa and Zulu
|College of Communications, Africa Studies Center, Adjunct Professor
Boston University Adjunct Professor Greg Marinovich was born in South Africa in 1962. Greg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and is co-author of “The Bang Bang Club”, a nonfiction book on South Africa’s transition to democracy.He has spent 25 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe. His photographs have appeared in top international publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian of London, among others.His recent investigations into the Marikana massacre of miners by police have been called the most important South African journalism post-Apartheid.Marinovich is chair of the World Press Master Class nominating committee for Africa, and was a World Press Photo judge in 1994 and 2005. In 2009 he was also the recipient of the Nat Nakasa award for courageous journalism. Marinovich was Editor-In-Chief of the Twenty Ten project and responsible for tutoring and managing over 100 African journalists’ work in all forms of media. He regularly teaches and gives lectures and workshops on photography, and storytelling, both visual and other forms. His prints are in several private and museum collections.He is an associate editor for the Daily Maverick, does freelance photography and is making a film about the former militants in Thokoza township, South Africa. He is writing a non-fiction book on the Marikana massacre, and an infamous murderer who happened to be married to Marinovich’s mother.He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2013-2014 and currently teaches in Boston University College of Communication’s Journalism department.
James C. McCann
|College of Arts & Sciences, History Professor, Associate Director of African Studies Center
Professor McCann is author of Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009); Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New Crop, 1500–2000 (Harvard University Press, 2005); Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land: An Environmental History of Africa (1999); People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia, 1800–1990 (1995); and From Poverty to Famine in Northeast Ethiopia, 1900–1935 (1987) as well as a number of articles, book chapters, and reviews on topics in the history of Ethiopia and Africa. He is the recipient of the 2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize, American Society for Environmental History, and also Honorable Mention 2006 Melville J. Herskovitz Award, African Studies Association. His research has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow-in-residence at the National Humanities Center (1991–92) and the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University (1998–99). Professor McCann has conducted field research in Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, and Lesotho and has twice been invited for testimony by committees of the United States Congress. He has also served as a consultant to Oxfam America, the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Development Program, the Carter Center, Norwegian Redd Barna (Save the Children), American Jewish World Service, and the International Livestock Centre for Africa.
Areas of Interest: Agricultural History
|College of Fine Arts, Department of Administrative Sciences, Director, School of Music; Professor of Music, Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Gregory Melchor-Barz is an ethnomusicologist who has engaged field research in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Israel. He received the PhD from Brown University and the MA from the University of Chicago. A former opera singer, Melchor-Barz’s latest book is a co-edited volume titled Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford). In addition, he has co-edited The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing in Music and the Arts (Oxford) and two editions of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (Oxford). His monograph, Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda (Routledge) applies the central tenets of medical ethnomusicology to a study of HIV prevention in East Africa. His book, Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was also published by Oxford. He has produced 4 compact discs and a documentary film and received a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Traditional World Music category as producer of Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways). Melchor-Barz comes to us from Vanderbilt University where he was interim dean and professor of ethnomusicology.
|Metropolitan College, Department of Administrative Sciences, Professor
Dr. Mendlinger, BU Global Sustainable Economic Development via Tourism Academic Coordinator, is a dual American-Israeli citizen whose research has resulted in economic development in communities in Asia, Africa, and South America. He holds two patents, and has numerous international publications and grants. His current research and teaching interests include responsible and sustainable economic growth in underdeveloped countries. Mendlinger oversees the Economic Development and Tourism Management concentration for the Master of Science in Administrative Studies, and teaches courses in statistics, culture and development, and economic sustainability in tourist destinations. Professor Mendlinger has worked extensively in agriculture development at the farm level in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt and Botswana and has consulted in several other African countries including Liberia, Mali, South Africa, and Morroco.
Lisa J. Messersmith
|School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Center for Global Health and Development, Associate Professor
Lisa J. Messersmith, PhD, MPH, has 25 years of research, program and policy experience in gender, sexuality, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health and rights primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Dr. Messersmith is currently Associate Professor of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Messersmith is the principal investigator (PI) on several studies, most recently on two studies in Ghana that explore the behavioral, socio-economic and structural vulnerability to HIV of female bar workers and injecting drug users; a study to better understand and meet the HIV and reproductive health and social service needs of women living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam; and a national study to document the types and magnitude of discrimination against people living with HIV in Vietnam. She was also PI and Director of the Vietnam AIDS Policy and Planning Project, a project that trained nearly 1,000 senior national and provincial level Vietnamese policy makers to design, implement and evaluate multi-sectoral responses to HIV. She has worked in residence for over 13 years in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Vietnam and has worked in a number of other countries including Thailand, China, India, Senegal, Brazil, and Jamaica. From 1998 to 2004 she served as the Sexuality and Reproductive Health Program Officer for the Ford Foundation’s Office for Vietnam and Thailand. Based in Hanoi, Dr. Messersmith initiated the Foundation’s grant making program in sexuality and reproductive health. In 2004, the Vietnam Ministry of Health awarded her the Medal for the People’s Health. Other positions include Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; Country Programme Advisor for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Bangladesh; Research Associate in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; and Women and AIDS Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, DC. She has a PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University.
|School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Research Assistant Professor
Gesine Meyer-Rath, MD, PhD, is a physician, health economist, and infectious disease modeler with seven years’ experience in economic evaluations of health care interventions. She is Research Assistant Professor of International Health at the Center for Global Health & Development working on the economics of HIV and antiretroviral treatment (ART) in resource-limited settings. Her focus lies on modeling methods for economic evaluation, including infectious disease modeling and decision analysis, and translating research into recommendations for public policy. Before joining the CGHD, she worked in the Pediatrics Department of Charité University Hospital Berlin and with the World Health Organization, where she helped with the generalized cost-effectiveness analysis of the ChoICE team and, in 2003, the calculation of the cost of WHO’s “3 by 5” program. From 2006 to 2008, she was a research fellow at the Health Policy Unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and a visiting researcher at the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time, she developed mathematical models for the analysis of the cost, outcomes, and economic impact of ART provision in mining companies in South Africa and, for UNICEF, of global resource needs for the care of orphans and vulnerable children. She has worked in and trained health economists from four sub-Saharan African countries and has been resident in South Africa since 2006. Dr. Meyer-Rath currently works on modeling the budgetary requirements for national ART and PMTCT programs and on analyzing the cost and outcomes of pediatric ART provision. She holds an MD/PhD from Humboldt University and Free University, Berlin, Germany, and is pursuing a PhD in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Judith M. Mmari
|College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center, Lecturer
Judith M. Mmari is an experienced Kiswahili instructor, having taught the language in both academic year and summer intensive formats. She was the intermediate Kiswahili instructor in summer 2003 at the Ohio University-Athens Summer Cooperative African Language Institute. She has worked on the development of distance learning materials in Kiswahili and also manages a Kiswahili internet website.
|School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Research Assistant Professor
Lawrence Mwananyanda, MD, MPH is a public health professional with 15 years of experience in project development, implementation, and management. A medical doctor, he has a background in epidemiology and vaccinology, focused on HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention and treatment. Dr. Mwananyanda is an Assistant Research Professor at the Boston University Center for Global Health & Development. He has a wealth of experience as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on multiple research projects, including HIV/STI surveillance studies, HIV vaccine trials, and a study of HIV discordant couples from his previous work as Director for the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project in Lusaka, Director of Botswana Harvard AIDS Partnership HIV Vaccines Trials Unit and senior scientist with the Tropical Diseases Research Center in Ndola, Zambia. Dr. Mwananyanda was also Country Director the mothers2mothers (m2m) Zambia project that worked to improve outcomes of HIV prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs and provide care to HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers. As the co-Principal Investigator of the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH), he leads the implementation of this multi-center case-control study that is being conducted in 7 countries to determine the etiology of pneumonia among children less than 5 years of age at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Mwananyanda received an MD degree from The Jagiellonian University Medical College and his MPH from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology; African Studies Center, Director of the African Studies Center; Professor, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Fallou Ngom’s current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the Africanization of Islam, and Ajami literatures—records of West African languages written in Arabic script. He hopes to help train the first generation of American scholars to have direct access into the wealth of knowledge still buried in West African Ajami literatures, and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner.Another area of Dr. Ngom’s work is language analysis in asylum cases, a sub-field of the new field of forensic linguistics. His work in this field addresses the intricacies of using knowledge of varied West African languages and dialects to evaluate the claims of migrants applying for asylum and determine if the person is actually from the country that he or she claims.Dr. Ngom’s work has appeared in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Variation and Change, and African Studies Review, among others.
Areas of Interest: Interaction between African languages and non-African languages and Ajami literatures in West Africa
Languages: French: written, spoken (fluent); English: written, spoken (fluent); Wolof: written, spoken (native); Mandinka: written, spoken (fluent); Pula(a)r: written, spoken (fluent); Arabic: written, spoken (conversational); Portuguese Creole: written, spoken (fluent) (Lingua franca in Guinea Bissau); Sereer: conversational; Jóola (Foñi): conversational; Spanish: conversational; Mankagne: conversational; Latin: good knowledge (reading and writing)
Monica Adhiambo Onyango
|School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Lecturer
Monica Adhiambo Onyango brings over 16 years working in health care programs as a nurse manager, trainer and community health worker. Monica worked for more than six years with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in relief and development in Southern Sudan, Kenya and Angola, managing community health programs and training health workers. She served in the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) for ten years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals, and as a lecturer at the Nairobi Medical Training College School of Nursing. Ms. Onyango has proven ability to start and manage health programs under difficult conditions. She is especially interested in reproductive health, maternal and child health, managing community health services and health care among populations affected by war and natural disasters. She has a Masters degree in Public Health/International Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a Diploma in Advanced Nursing from Nairobi University. She is currently working on her PhD at the William Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, focusing on reproductive health issues among women affected by war. Her experience as a nurse midwife in Southern Sudan in early 1990s was indeed the toughest job but so far the most rewarding.
Areas of Interest: Southern Sudan, Kenya, Angola
Eileen B. O'Keefe
|College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Sargent College, Clinical Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Director, Program in Health Sciences
Dr. O’Keefe’s area of research interest is optimization of health care systems to improve access to health care for all community members. As a practicing physician, she experienced the health care systems of the United States and Canada. Since her transition to public health practice in the 1990s, she has worked with communities to assess the health status of their populations, and identify barriers to care. This includes working with hospitals, public health departments, non profit advocacy groups, and community members. Her current projects include working with The Massachusetts Coalition for School Based Health Centers to assess the potential role of the health care community, particularly school based health centers, to reduce high school drop out rates in Massachusetts. Another area of research involves working with a multidisciplinary national team to assess the current standard of coordination of care for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
|School of Theology, Mission Studies, Lecturer
Elizabeth Parsons is an educator and development professional with a background in non-profit administration that has included academic, community-based, and artistic endeavors. Raised in a reformed Christian background, she was confirmed in the Anglican tradition as an adult and, in the early 2000s, served as an Episcopal missioner in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Her first book, What Price for Privatization? Cultural Encounter with Development Policy on the Zambiam Copperbelt is forthcoming with Lexington Books. Her main research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of worldviews with international development policymaking and practice. But she is also currently producing a book of edited correspondence between Patty Hathaway Armstrong and Lloyd Cline Sears, faith missions educators who helped shape the vision for Churches of Christ schools in the American midwest and south during the early 1900s. Liz is a lecturer in mission studies at Boston University as well as co-director of contextual education in community contexts.
Areas of Interest: South Africa
Frances Elizabeth Restrick
|Mugar Memorial Library, Head of African Studies Library
After a childhood spent in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique, Beth graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., with a BA in General Science, minoring in environmental science. Upon graduation, she returned to Maputo, Mozambique, and spent a year volunteering as a librarian, establishing the library at the Seminário Nazereno em Moçambique. She received a MA in Library and Information Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2006, while working full-time as library technician and coordinator at the African Studies Library. Beth was appointed head of the African Studies Library in July 2009. Languages: Portuguese, Zulu
Ronald K. Richardson
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History, Associate Professor
Ronald K. Richardson is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton in European history in 1983. He has taught at SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rhode Island, Howard University, and Clark University in Worcester, MA. Professor Richardson was Assistant Dean at URI and Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. His teaching and research areas include intellectual history, the history and culture of imperialism, world history, and Afro-Asian relations. Professor Richardson is the author of Moral Imperium: Afro Caribbeans and the Transformation of British Rule, 1776–1848 (Greenwood Press, 1987). His book Winston S. Churchill: Imagining the Racial Self is forthcoming.
Dana L. Robert
|School of Theology, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and the History of Mission
Dana Robert’s research and teaching interests span the fields of mission history, the history of world Christianity, and mission theology. Her books include Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), African Christian Outreach, Vol 2: Mission Churches (ed., South African Missiological Society, 2003); and Frontiers of African Christianity (ed., University of South Africa Press, 2003). With M.L. Daneel, she edits the book series African Initiatives in Christian Mission (University of South Africa Press). In 2006, she delivered a plenary-level address at the World Sociology Congress in Durban, South Africa, on research among church women in Zimbabwe.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of International Relations, Lecturer, Fellow at the Center for International Relations
Lecturer in International Relations. (BA, Creighton University; MA, PhD, University of Michigan). Specialization: North African and Middle Eastern History and Politics, International Relations of the Middle East, Morocco, Government and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East, European Colonial and Imperial History
Professor Rollman is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Wellesley University’s Department of History and a Fellow of the Center for International Relations at Boston University. He has lectured at the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University. He has published in such journals as Oriente Moderno, Islamic Legal Studies Program Newsletter, The Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Middle East Journal, and Comparative Studies in Society and History. His most recent article is “Military Officers and the ‘Nizam al-Jadid’ in Morocco, 1844–1912: Social and Political Transformations,” published in Oriente Moderno. Professor Rollman is also a consultant and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution and Saga Holidays International for Study Tours to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and the Mediterranean; and also for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
|School of Public Health, Center for International Health & Development, Assistant Professor
Sydney Rosen, is Assistant Professor at the Center for International Health & Development at the Boston University School of Public Health and the coordinator of the center’s Program on the Social and Economic Impacts of the AIDS Epidemic. She is currently residing in South Africa. From her base at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she leads an interdisciplinary team that is carrying out a set of studies on the impact of HIV/AIDS on public and private organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, the benefits and costs of prevention and treatment interventions, and sectoral and societal responses to the epidemic. She also works on other applied economics projects at the Center, including research on markets for insecticide-treated bed nets and the economics of antimicrobial resistance. Her technical training is in policy analysis and applied economics. She came to the center in 2001 from the Health Office of the former Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Before joining the staff of the Health Office, she managed a set of HIID environmental policy projects in the former Soviet Union. She is also the co-founder and former executive director of WorldTeach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that places volunteer teachers in developing countries, and is currently the director of the AIDS Response Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises funds for AIDS projects in Africa. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
|College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Assistant Professor
Steven Rosenzweig is an assistant professor of political science. He studies comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, electoral accountability, and African politics. He also has an interest in causal inference and research methods. Current projects include researching the effects of party primaries in developing democracies, how access to better information about voters shapes politicians’ use of illicit electoral strategies, and how the shift from colonial to national education systems affected national identity in Africa. His work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Scienceand Electoral Studies.
|School of Public Health, Center for International Health & Development, Department of International Health, Assistant Professor
Lora Sabin is a health and development economist with ten years of experience living and working in Asia. After spending several years in China and Taiwan in the early 1980s as a volunteer teacher, she went back to China in the early 1990s to carry out dissertation research on the development of urban labor markets during China’s first decade of market-oriented reforms. She worked for a number of years at the Harvard Institute for International Development, teaching and researching economic development in East and Southeast Asia and serving as the academic director of the Harvard-managed Fulbright Economics Teaching Center in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been a consultant to international organizations such as the Ford Foundation, UNDP, and UNICEF, as well as local nonprofit organizations that assist low-income populations. In recent years, her research interests have expanded to include HIV/AIDS-related issues in Africa, particularly the situation of orphans in Uganda, as well as the economic impact of HIV/AIDS and the cost-effectiveness of new treatment approaches. With the HIV/AIDS epidemic gaining momentum in China, she began 2004 by joining a multidisciplinary team of Boston-based and Tsinghua University faculty that carried out an intensive HIV/AIDS-focused public policy training program in Beijing. Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese
Joyce Hope Scott
|College of Arts & Sciences, African American Studies Program, Clinical Professor
Joyce Hope Scott is a Clinical Professor of African American Studies at Boston University, Boston and national and international scholar/lecturer in African American and Diaspora studies. She is a former scholar of the Oxford Round Table and former Fulbright Senior Lecturer & Researcher to the republics of Burkina Faso and Benin (West Africa). Prof. Hope Scott is co-coordinator and investigator of the International Network of Scholars and Activists for African Reparations (INOSAAR). She is the author of numerous publications including: POV: It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for African Americans. BU Today. September 2020. National and International Perspectives on Movements for Reparations. Journal of African American History. Special Issue. Vol. 103 Number ½. Special Issue. (Winter/Spring 2018). Frith, Nicola and Joyce Hope Scott (Guest Eds.) “Travel as Subversive in 19th Century Black Women’s Narratives.” Advances in Literary Study, 2017, 5, 105-121. DOI:10.4236/als.2017.54009. ISSN Online: 2327-4050 ISSN Print: 2327-4034. “New Griottes of the African Sahel: Intersectionalities and Women’s Narrative Authority in Sanou Bernadette Dao’s La Dernière èpouse & Aïcha Fofona’s Mariage on Copie.” Advances in Literary Study, ISSN Online: 2327-4050, December 2016. “The Emancipated Century”: Remapping History, Reclaiming Memory in August Wilson’s Dramatic Landscapes of the 20th Century.” August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays. Sandra G. Shannon (Ed.) Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2016. “Contentious Discourses: Signifying on the Law in African American Writing.” Journalism & Mass Communication Vol.5 No. 4, (April 2015 ), pp. 181 – 193. “Alden Bland and the Chicago Renaissance.” Writers of The Black Chicago Renaissance. Steven C. Tracy (Ed). University of Ill. Press, 2011. “Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison.” Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison, 2007. Justine Tally (Ed.). Cambridge U Press, 2007. Camel Tracks: Critical Perspectives on Sahelian Literatures. Debra Boyd-Buggs and Joyce Hope Scott (Eds.). Africa World Press, 2002. Her current teaching and research interests include African Spirituality in literature and culture of America, Media and Race, Global Perspectives on Reparations, Restitution & Restorative Justice, Law and Narrative in the African American Literary Tradition, African American & African Women’s Narratives of Resistance and Historical & Repair.
Areas of Interest: Burkina Faso and Benin
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology; African Studies Center, Professor
Parker Shipton is Professor in the Department of Anthropology. His PhD is from Cambridge University. He has conducted field research in Kenya, the Gambia, Colombia, and elsewhere. He has held visiting appointments at Yale, the Universities of Virginia, Nairobi, and Padua, and at Waseda University. He is the author of The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa and won the 2008 Melville J. Herskovits award from the African Studies Association for the best book in African Studies for 2007 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press). He has also authored Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa (Yale U. Press, 2009. Finalist for Herskovits Award, 2010.), Credit Between Cultures: Farmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa (Yale U. Press, 2010. Finalist for Herskovits Award, 2011.) and Bitter Money: Cultural Economy and Some African Meanings of Forbidden Commodities; and many articles and book chapters. Co-edited publications include Seeking Solutions: Framework and Cases for Small Enterprise Development Programs; and Rights over Land: Categories and Controversies. For Blackwell Publishers, he has served as the Series Editor of the Peoples of Africa series and is the founding Series Editor of the Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology.Current interests include symbolic and economic anthropology, and the history of the social sciences and philosophy, particularly concerning Africa and first peoples of America. He a former president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.
| College of Arts & Sciences, Biology, Professor and Chair
My research emphasizes molecular genetic approaches to problems in avian systematics, population biology, and behavioral ecology. Avian brood parasitism spurred my interest in evolutionary biology as a student, and parasitic birds have continued to be the focus of much of my work. Current research includes: 1) Analyses of the population structure and evolutionary history of indigobird populations and species. Indigobirds are species-specific brood parasites of a number of estrildid finch hosts and have evolved nestling mouth markings that mimic those of the host. Parasitic nestlings also learn host songs and adult male parasites incorporate these songs into their courtship displays, resulting in assortative mating among parasites reared by the same host species. We are exploring the evolutionary history and population genetic consequences of this unique social system using large multilocus data sets and analyses based on coalescent theory. The work has included recent field work in Cameroon and Tanzania. 2) Molecular systematic analyses of the various groups of avian brood parasites. How many times has obligate brood parasitism evolved in birds, what are the relative ages of the various parasitic lineages, and how is each group of parasitic birds related to their hosts? 3) Molecular systematics and population genetics of the waterfowl (Family Anatidae: the ducks, geese, and swans). Students in my lab have worked on fish, bats, ants, and a variety of other birds, addressing various questions in evolutionary ecology and systematics.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Sociology, Professor, Chair
John Stone’s research interests focus on comparative race and ethnic relations, international migration, social change and sociological theory. He is the founder and editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies (Routledge, 1978–1989). Areas of Interest: South Africa, race relations
Donald M. Thea
|School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Professor; Scientific Director of Applied Research in Child Labor
Donald Thea has pursued a full-time career in both domestic and international clinical and epidemiological infectious disease research, primarily HIV and AIDS. Donald was a member of Project SIDA (Kinshasa, Zaire), the first international clinical AIDS field site, where he was the Director of the Clinical Research Unit. He pursued his interest in perinatal HIV transmission as the Principal Investigator of the New York City Perinatal HIV Transmission Study. He then joined the Health and Social Development Unit of the Harvard Institute for International Development where he focused on international field research in Acute Respiratory Illness, Malaria and HIV. Donald joined the IH department along with the other members of the Harvard team and is currently the Principal Investigator of a prospective cohort study of postnatal HIV through breastmilk (the Zambia Exclusive Breastfeeding Study) and the Zambia Boston University Malaria Project ZAMBUMP, as well as providing oversight to numerous additional clinical work being implemented in Africa, Latin America and Asia. He received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was trained in tropical medicine at the London School of Hygiene and in infectious diseases at New England Medical Center.
John K. Thornton
|College of Arts & Sciences, Departments of History and African American Studies, Professor
After having taught at Millersville University since 1986, John Thornton joined the Boston University faculty in Fall 2003. His specializations include Africa and the Middle East, as well as world history. He is the author of The Kingdom of Kongo: Civil War and Transition, 1641–1718 (1983); Africa and Africans in the Formation of the Atlantic World, 1400–1680 (1992); The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement, 1684–1706 (1998); Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500–1800 (1999); and is now working (with Linda Heywood) on Angolans in the Early Anglo-Dutch Atlantic, 1615–50 (under contract with Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Formation of the Anglo-Dutch Americas).
|College of Communications, Department of Journalism, Associate Professor
Susan Walker is a veteran television producer, currently helping corporate clients from Nokia group to Agilent Technologies use video and the Internet to communicate. She worked as a TV newscast and series producer for more than 25 years, winning several national awards. She has also produced corporate videos, web video clips, and two children’s pilots designed for the Internet and television. Walker teaches BU students how to set up, shoot, write, and edit television news packages as well as produce newscasts and news websites.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Writing Program, Associate Director
Chris Walsh is Associate Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program at BU. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in The
Gambia and Fulbright Professor at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Walsh has published in journals such as Essays in Criticism, Literary Griot, Raritan, and The Yale Review. His book Cowardice is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2014.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: 617- 353-3694
African Politics; Comparative Politics; Social Movements; Qualitative MethodsMarcus Walton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Brown University. He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the Public Affairs Research Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa and a lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand.
His research is on democracy and protest in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically looking at how legacies of colonial and post-colonial rule define contentious politics in the 21st century.
|School of Theology, Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics
A lively transdisciplinary thinker, Dr. Nimi Wariboko loves to unfold, refold, enfold, and energize past and present ideas and hopes in relation to the possibilities of future human flourishing. The five pillars of his scholarship are economic ethics, Christian social ethics, African social traditions, Pentecostal studies, and philosophical theology. The structure of this creative body of work, which is characterized by rigorous interweaving of original insights from each of these fields, is mapped out by the following five central titles. The Principle of Excellence: A Framework for Social Ethics presents social ethics as action-provoking-and-guiding theories of praxis and actualization of potentialities for a more flourishing, inclusive, and creatively reconciled society; the focus of God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World is a call for an alternative, inclusive global monetary system that can better support developing economies; Ethics and Time: Ethos of Temporal Orientation in Politics and Religion of the Niger Delta explores the emancipatory core of African culture; The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit develops a pneumatological methodology of ethics for public policies in pluralistic communities that are open to God’s Spirit; and Economics in Spirit and Truth: A Moral Philosophy of Finance situates a social justice-oriented “care of the soul” at the intersection of radical continental philosophy, economics, and politics to craft an ethics of antifragility and potent freedom that might counter the fragilities unleashed against our socio-economic fabric by late capitalism or global finance capital.
|College of Arts and Sciences, Department of International Relations, Associate Professor
Michael Woldemariam’s teaching and research interests focus on African politics, particularly the dynamics of armed conflict, the behavior of rebel organizations and self-determination movements, and post-conflict institution building. He has special expertise in the Horn of Africa, and has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somaliland, South Africa, and India.
His dissertation and book project, titled “Why Rebels Collide: Factionalism and Fragmentation in African Insurgencies” investigates a common feature of civil wars: the fragmentation of rebel organizations into mutually exclusive, competing groups. The project is based on a comprehensive analysis of Ethiopia’s civil wars and original data on patterns of rebel fragmentation across post-colonial Africa.
Woldemariam has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Bradley fellow, and a research specialist with the Innovations for Successful Societies program at Princeton University.
|College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History and African Studies Center, Professor
Diana Wylie has published four books—A Little God, The Twilight of Patriarchy in a Southern African Chiefdom (1990); Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa (2001; winner of Herskovits Prize 2002); Art + Revolution, The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist (2008); Enchantment: Pictures from the Tangier American Legation Museum (2010; French translation 2015)—and articles mainly on South and North African history. Winner in 2002 of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, she recently held the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship for the Core Curriculum and is currently (2016-17) acting as director of the Core Curriculum. Her current research focuses on urban history with special reference to historic preservation.
Areas of Interest: Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Botswana, and South Africa
Languages: French, working knowledge of Swahili, Dutch, and Setswana
|School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development, Assistant Professor
Yeboah-Antwi is a physician, a public health specialist and a researcher with more than twenty years of experience in managing health systems, program and project implementation and evaluation, development research, and policy and strategy development. His research interests include malaria micronutrients, and maternal and child health. Areas of Interest: Malaria micronutrients and maternal and child health
Muhammad H. Zaman
|College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Department, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Muhammad H. Zaman is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. Prof. Zaman is also Associate Director of Kilachand Honors College at Boston University. Muhammad got his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2003 where he was a Burroughs-Wellcome Graduate Fellow in Interdisciplinary Sciences. After his Ph.D. he was a Herman and Margaret Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT from 2003-2006. He was Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin from 2006-2009 and moved to BU in Fall 2009. His lab focuses on developing new experimental and computational technologies for high value healthcare problems in both the developing and developed world. Technologies developed by him and his team are in various stages of implementation in multiple African countries. Additionally, he is actively involved in bringing high quality engineering education in the developing countries. He is currently involved in setting up the first biomedical engineering departments at various African Universities in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Ethiopia. He is also a member of the technical committee of the UN Economic Council on Africa (UNECA) and co-Director of the UNECA biomedical innovation program in Africa.