Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty

Maria Hamilton Abegunde

Maria Hamilton Abegunde

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Affiliate, Gender Studies

Research + Teaching Interests
Trans- and inter-generational memory, trauma, and healing in the African Diaspora; Yoruba traditional religious practices and ancestral traditions; poetry, poetics, and creative writing; the arts as a vehicle for community healing and transformation from trauma (the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Middle Passage, lynching, genocide, sexual violence); black feminisms and womanism; birth work; contemplative practices and ritual as pedagogy/andragogy and methodology.

Regional Expertise
Nigeria, South Sudan (Juba), Brazil (Bahia)

Akin Adesokan

Akin Adesokan

Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

Associate Professor, The Media School

Director, Black Film Center/Archive

Research + Teaching Interests
twentieth and twenty-first century African and African American/African Diaspora literatures and cultures; global postcoloniality; African cinema and contemporary global cinemas; postcolonial intellectual history; nonfictional prose; literary and cultural theory

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Osita Afoaku

Osita Afoaku

Clinical Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
international and sustainable development; democratization; state reconstruction in Africa; U.S. and African / Third World relations; Islamist terrorism and the Nigerian state

Regional Expertise
Nigeria; Democratic Republic of the Congo

Heather Akou

Heather Akou

Associate Professor, Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Research + Teaching Interests
textile analysis, design, and product development; Africa and African Diaspora; socio-cultural textiles and apparel; non-western histories of dress; migration and globalization; fashion theory and symbolic interaction

Regional Expertise
Mali

Salman Al-Ani

Salman Al-Ani

Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Research + Teaching Interests
Arabic linguistics with special emphasis on phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax

Regional Expertise
Morocco, Egypt

Issam Albdairat

Issam Albdairat

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Research + Teaching Interests
Arabic language and culture; sociolinguistic study of Arabic; teaching of Arabic as a second language

Regional Expertise
Morocco

Teshome Alemneh

Teshome Alemneh

Associate Vice President for International Research and Development, IU Global

Research + Teaching Interests
Executive Leadership in International Development; Earth sciences (soil sciences and land evaluation)

Regional Expertise
Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Iman Alramadan

Iman Alramadan

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Research + Teaching Interests
Teaching Arabic as a foreign language; Arabic grammar and morphology; Arabic literature; Language of Arabic science heritage; Medical terminology.

Regional Expertise
Morocco

Assad Alsaleh

Assad Alsaleh

Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

  • alsaleha@indiana.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
Modern Arabic literature and culture, comparative literature and cultural studies, Arab Spring, autobiography, literary theory.

Regional Expertise
 

Clark Barwick

Clark Barwick

Senior Lecturer, Kelley School of Business

Research + Teaching Interests
literary criticism and cultural history; African American literature; racial politics of cultural memory

Stafford C. Berry, Jr.

Stafford C. Berry, Jr.

Director, African American Dance Company

Professor of Practice, Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Professor of Practice, African American and African Diaspora Studies

  • berryst@iu.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
African-rooted dance and theater, and aesthetics

Regional Expertise
Guinea

Vincent Bouchard

Vincent Bouchard

Associate Professor, French and Italian

Research + Teaching Interests
media (literature, cinema, telephone, radio, internet) and cultural studies (popular cultures, reception); audio-visual mediation of orality (speech, gesture); Francophone cultures in Africa and North America

Regional Expertise
Burkina Faso; Senegal

Joseph Bradshaw

Joseph Bradshaw

Lecturer, IU Language Workshop

Program Manager, IU Language Workshop

Research + Teaching Interests
African political history of 19th and 20th C.; Muslim West Africa; Western Sahel; Futanke; identity formation, political alliance, and warfare from the precolonial period to the moment of colonial conquest; African intermediaries in colonial period; Arabic sources of history written by African writers. Teaching areas: Military Engagement and Global Power Competition in Africa; Islam in Africa; Identity in African History; Precolonial African History; The Atlantic Slave Trade.

Regional Expertise
Senegal; Mali

Jennifer Brass

Jennifer Brass

Associate Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
African politics; non-governmental organizations; service provision, governance, and state development; energy and international development

Regional Expertise
Kenya; Uganda; Djibouti; Senegal

Kevin D. Brown

Kevin D. Brown

Richards S. Melvin Professor, Mauer School of Law

Research + Teaching Interests
law and education; race, American society and the law; torts and criminal law

Regional Expertise
Ghana; South Africa

Beth Buggenhagen

Beth Buggenhagen

Director, African Studies Program

Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Research + Teaching Interests
circulation and value; material and visual culture; photography; gender and Islam; Senegalese diaspora in the U.S.

Regional Expertise
Senegal

Kimberly Carballo

Kimberly Carballo

Instructor and Coordinating Opera Coach, Jacobs School of Music

Member of Tunaweza Kimuzikia project promoting exchange among educators, scholars, and performers in Kenya and the U.S.

Regional expertise
Kenya

Elisheva Cohen

Elisheva Cohen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research + Teaching Interests
Comparative and International Development Education; educational inclusion of minority students primarily in humanitarian settings; International Issues and Sustainable Development; global learning and curriculum internationalization

Regional Expertise
Egypt, Morocco; Jordan

Christina Collins

Christina Collins

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

  • collinct@iu.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
Anthropology and business; industry and industrialization in emerging markets; national economy; alcohol production, distribution, and consumption; science and technology studies (STS); anthropology of development

Regional Expertise
Ethiopia; Sub-Sahara Africa

Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

Professor, Linguistics

Research + Teaching Interests
phonology; semitic linguistics; African American English; general linguistics

Regional Expertise
North Africa

Barbara Dennis

Barbara Dennis

Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology, School of Education

Research + Teaching Interests
complexities of diversity; pragmatic theory of care; theories of identity and their connection to methodological theory

Regional Expertise
Uganda

Sameeksha Desai

Sameeksha Desai

Associate Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
economic development; globalization and entrepreneurship; private sector development in conflict / post-conflict recovery and political instability

Regional Expertise
Rwanda

Mireille Djenno

Mireille Djenno

African Studies Librarian, Herman B Wells Library

Research Interests
collection development; bibliography; African literature; comparative feminisms

Regional Expertise
West Africa; Equatorial Africa

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn

Professor, Geography

Research + Teaching Interests
humanitarianism and displacement; refugees and internally displaced people; ethnic conflict; state formation; Congolese refugees in the U.S.

Regional Expertise
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jon Eldon

Jon Eldon

Lecturer, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
farmer adaptation; agricultural ecosystems; soil fertility management; rural livelihoods

Regional Expertise
Senegal; The Gambia

Temitope Erinosho

Temitope Erinosho

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Health Science

  • toerin@iu.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
My research interest is obesity prevention in minority and under-served children and families through interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Sergio Fernandez

Sergio Fernandez

Associate Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
public administration; organization theory; organizational behavior; governance; research methods

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business

Research + Teaching Interests
entrepreneurship; business strategy; corporate entrepreneurship and turn-around management

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Research + Teaching Interests
feminist postcolonial science studies; feminist science studies; science and technology studies; feminist and critical race legal theory; transnational/postcolonial feminisms; feminist research methodologies; human rights and intellectual property law

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Marion Frank-Wilson

Marion Frank-Wilson

Associate Dean, Collection Development and Archival Collections, Herman B Wells Library

Research Interests
African literature; travel writing by Africans; bibliography; African crime novels

Regional Expertise
Uganda; Nigeria; Zimbabwe; South Africa

Didier Gondola

Didier Gondola

Professor of History, IUPUI

Research + Teaching Interests
Youth Violence; masculinity and urban identities in Congo

Regional Expertise
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jane Goodman

Jane Goodman

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Research + Teaching Interests
performance and civic life; intertextuality; colonial and postcolonial formations; theater, music, and poetry; Algerian diaspora in France

Regional Expertise
Algeria

Betsi Grabe

Betsi Grabe

Professor, The Media School

Associate Dean, The Media School

Research + Teaching Interests
mass media and communication; influence of visual content and message packaging on comprehension

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Margaret Graves

Margaret Graves

Associate Professor, Art History

Research + Teaching Interests
medieval Islamic visual culture; nineteenth-century Islamic arts; the image of architecture in paintings, sculpture, and applied arts; Orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art

Regional Expertise
Morocco; Egypt

Elena Guzman

Elena Guzman

Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology

  • elguzman@indiana.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
African Diaspora Spirituality and Religion; Documentary & Experimental Film; Visual Anthropology; Critical Ethnography; Black Borders and Borderlands; Black Ritual Performance; Feminist Filmmaking; Sensory Ethnography; Black Feminist Anthropology

Regional Expertise
Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

Vivian Halloran

Vivian Halloran

Professor, American Studies

Research + Teaching Interests
Caribbean literature; interconnections between art, history, literature and performance; depictions of slavery in literature and museums; national and cultural identities; food and cultural memory

Regional Expertise
Caribbean

David Hoegberg

David Hoegberg

Associate Professor of English, IUPUI

Adjunct Associate Professor of Africana Studies, IUPUI

Research + Teaching Interests
South African literature and society, 20th-century African literature, and colonialism in literature

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Kevin Hunt

Kevin Hunt

Professor, Anthropology

Director, Human Origins and Primate Evolution Lab

Research + Teaching Interests
functional morphology and ecology of hominids and apes

Regional Expertise
Tanzania; Uganda

James Kelly

James Kelly

Associate Professor, Journalism, The Media School

Research + Teaching Interests
influence of digital imaging technology on news photo credibility and audience understanding of photo journalism ethics; photojournalism; graphic communication and publication design; role of mass media in society; reporting of HIV/AIDS and health care

Regional Expertise
Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; Ethiopia; Morocco

Patricia Kubow

Patricia Kubow

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education

Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research, School of Education

Research + Teaching Interests
democratic citizenship education in comparative, international, and cross-cultural contexts

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Eric Kyere

Eric Kyere

Assistant Professor of Social Work, IUPUI

Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies, IUPUI

Research + Teaching Interests
Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity in Social Work; Global Social Work Practice; examine and identify how racism revives itself with enduring impact on the persons of African descent both on the continental Africa and the diasporic world, ways to disrupt it, and reimagine a decolonized/anti-racist society --the evolution of anti-black racism through enslavement, colonialism, and coloniality to construct collective cultural memory, trauma, and liberatory and thriving practices of the persons of African descent within an Atlantic framework

Regional Expertise
Ghana

Alex Lichtenstein

Alex Lichtenstein

Professor, History

Regional Focus
South Africa; the U.S.

Research + Teaching Interests
intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in the U.S. South and twentieth century South Africa; South African labor relations and the state; civil rights

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Samson Lotven

Samson Lotven

Associate Director, Hamilton Lugar School Living-Learning Center

Research + Teaching Interests
Linguistics (West African languages); description and analysis of undocumented languages as well as on community engagement in science.

Don Lyon

Don Lyon

Clinical Professor, School of Optometry

Chief of Pediatric and Binocular Vision Service, School of Optometry

Director of Residencies, School of Optometry

Research + Teaching Interests
pediatric optometry; amblyopia; binocular vision disorders

Regional expertise
Rwanda

Pedro Machado

Pedro Machado

Associate Professor, History

Research Interests
historical intersections of western India and southeastern Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; histories of Indian Ocean pearl fisheries; history of eucalyptus within the Portuguese Empire’s Atlantic and Indian Ocean spheres

Regional Expertise
South Africa; Mozambique

Lauren M. MacLean

Lauren M. MacLean

Professor, Political Science

Research + Teaching Interests
comparative political economy and public policy, with focus on the politics of state formation, public goods provision, and citizenship in Africa and the U.S.

Regional Expertise
Ghana; Côte d’Ivoire; Kenya; Uganda

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, The Media School

Research + Teaching Interests
diasporic and émigré cinematic formations; Latin, African, and postcolonial cinemas; transnational migration; documentary practice

Regional Expertise
Burkina Faso

Bárbero Martínez-Riuz

Bárbero Martínez-Riuz

Associate Professor, Art History

Tanner-Opperman Chair in Honor of Roy Sieber

Research + Teaching Interests
African and African diaspora art; aesthetics and culture; graphic writing systems; rock painting; Afro-Latin American and Caribbean visual culture, art and aesthetics; theories of the avant-garde; contemporary theory

Regional Expertise
West Africa; Central Africa; the Americas

Allison Martino

Allison Martino

Laura and Raymond Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas at Eskenazi Museum of Art

  • martinoa@iu.edu

Regional Expertise
Ghana

Nader Morkus

Nader Morkus

Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Director, Arabic Language Program, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Research + Teaching Interests
second language acquisition; discourse level analysis of the speech act of refusal in Egyptian Arabic; intercultural pragmatics and communication

Regional Expertise
Egypt

Luciana Namorato

Luciana Namorato

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Director, Portuguese Program

Research + Teaching Interests
transatlantic Luso-Brazilian Studies; twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian literature; contemporary Latin American narrative

Regional Expertise
Brazil

Jackson Njau

Jackson Njau

Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Research + Teaching Interests
paleolandscapes and paleoenvironmental contexts of hominid evolution

Regional Expertise
Tanzania

Isak Nti-Asare

Isak Nti-Asare

Associate Director, Cybersecurity and Global Policy Program

Research + Teaching Interests
Global Policy for Emerging Technology, AI Governance, Working toward inclusive digital transformation; Cybersecurity

Regional Expertise
Ghana; Tanzania

Martha Nyikos

Martha Nyikos

Associate Professor, School of Education

Research + Teaching Interests
cognitive and socialization factors in language learning and strategies of foreign language students; collaboration; constructivist approaches and resistance factors in teacher development

Regional Expertise
Cameroon; Senegal; Azerbaijan

Cecilia Obeng

Cecilia Obeng

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Research + Teaching Interests
breast-feeding and child health; pre-school children’s health; role of the family in child development; immigrant families’ health; culture and health

Regional Expertise
Ghana

Samuel Obeng

Samuel Obeng

Professor, Linguistics

Research + Teaching Interests
African languages, especially endangered languages; political discourse analysis; the politics about languages in Africa; multilingualism and language contact, pragmatics of prosody, ethnopragmatics

Regional Expertise
Ghana

Christiana Ochoa

Christiana Ochoa

Professor of Law and Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor

Academic Director, Indiana University Mexico Gateway

Research + Teaching Interests
how economic activity impacts human and ecological well-being; international and comparative law, particularly in the fields of Business & Human Rights, Law & Development, International Finance, and Foreign Direct Investment

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Oghenekaro Omodior

Oghenekaro Omodior

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Research + Teaching Interests
vector-borne emerging infectious diseases (VBEIDs) in the context of outdoor recreation, travel and tourism

Regional Expertise
Nigeria; Caribbean

Oladele Omosegbun

Oladele Omosegbun

Senior Associate Professor, Africana Studies, IUPUI

Assistant Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

Research + Teaching Interests
economic integration in Africa; economic growth and policy in Africa and the relevance of institutions in the building of economic models relating to Africa

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Una Okonkwo Osili

Una Okonkwo Osili

Professor of Economics, IUPUI

Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Lily Family School of Philanthropy

Research + Teaching Interests
Microeconomics, international economics, and economics of developing countries

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Sarah Osterhoudt

Sarah Osterhoudt

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Research + Teaching Interests
environmental anthropology; agrarian studies; agro-ecological systems; political ecology; trade and development; anthropology of knowledge

Regional Expertise
Madagascar

Solimar Otero

Solimar Otero

Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Research + Teaching Interests
gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Oana Panaïté

Oana Panaïté

Ruth N. Halls Professor, French and Italian

Research + Teaching Interests
twentieth and twenty-first century French-language writing in France, the Caribbean, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; literary theory; the poetics and politics of fiction; postcolonial and transfrontier approaches to literature

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Clémence Pinaud

Clémence Pinaud

Assistant Professor, International Studies

Research + Teaching Interests
gender and sexual violence; relationships between civilians and guerrilla groups; war and post-war economy; state-building processes

Regional Expertise
South Sudan; Ethiopia; Sierra Leone

Jamie Prenkert

Jamie Prenkert

Associate Dean of Academics, Professor of Business Law, Charles M. Hewitt Professor

Research + Teaching Interests
employment discrimination; retaliation protections; business and human rights; governance approaches to transnational business and legal issues; marketing law and commercial speech

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Beth Samuelson

Beth Samuelson

Associate Professor, Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, School of Education

Research + Teaching Interests
language awareness and the flows of English literacy practices across global boundaries; literacy theory; language learning and cross-cultural experience in non-Western contexts

Regional Expertise
Democratic Republic of Congo; Rwanda

Byron Santangelo

Byron Santangelo

Professor, Department of English

  • bysantan@iu.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
African literature, postcolonial studies, and the environmental humanities; courses include introduction to African literature, environmental writing, and environmental ethics, and seminars in postcolonial/decolonial studies, South African literature and culture, climate change and literature, and environmental justice.

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Fred Schlegel

Fred Schlegel

Lecturer, Management and Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business

Research + Teaching Interests
international business; strategic planning; management of technology and innovation

Regional Expertise
Ghana; Kenya; South Africa

Whitney Schlegel

Whitney Schlegel

Associate Professor, Biology

Advisor, AMPATH

Advisor, Medical School Exchange with Moi University

Research + Teaching Interests
chronic disease and food systems; human pathology; human physiology; comparative animal physiology; captive management of animals

Regional Expertise
Kenya

Allison Schnable

Allison Schnable

Assistant Professor, O’Neil School

Research + Teaching Interests
Globalization, NGOs, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Nonprofit Theory and Management, Philanthropy, Development, Cultural Sociology, Religion

Regional Expertise
Senegal

Ellen Seiber

Ellen Seiber

Chief Curator and Curator of Mathers Ethnographic Collections, Museum of Archeology & Anthropology

Regional Expertise
Nigeria

Abdulkader Sinno

Abdulkader Sinno

Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

  • asinno@indiana.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
Civil wars; Ethnic strife and other Territorial conflicts; Muslims in Western Politics; Political Islam.

Regional Expertise
Morocco

Laura L. Stachowski

Laura L. Stachowski

Director, Global Gateway for Teachers, School of Education

Clinical Professor

Research + Teaching Interests
Global Gateway for Teachers

Regional Expertise
Ghana, Tanzania

Jessica Steinberg

Jessica Steinberg

Associate Professor, International Studies

Research + Teaching Interests
politics of natural resources; non-state goods provision; strategies of governance in regions of limited state presence; conflict events reporting

Regional Expertise
Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; Zambia

Esi Eduwaa Thompson

Esi Eduwaa Thompson

Assistant Professor, The Media School

Research + Teaching Interests
health risk and crisis communication; strategic communication; development communication

Regional Expertise
Ghana; South Africa

India Thusi

India Thusi

Research + Teaching Interests
racial and sexual hierarchies as they relate to policing, race, and gender; Criminal law; Criminal procedure; Feminist legal theory; Police violence

Regional Expertise
South Africa

Estela Vieira

Estela Vieira

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Research + Teaching Interests
Portuguese and Brazilian literatures and cultures; comparative Lusophone and Hispanic studies

Regional Expertise
Brazil; Portugal

Steve Vinson

Steve Vinson

Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Research + Teaching Interests
ancient Egyptian language and literature; history of Graeco-Roman Egypt; ancient Egyptian transportation and trade

Regional Expertise
Egypt

Henry Wakhungu

Henry Wakhungu

Teaching Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Research + Teaching Interests
development of simulation models for sustainable management of indigenous community forests; experimental designs in tropical forestry research; service learning and classroom action research; statistical analysis

Regional Expertise
Kenya

Michael D. Wasserman

Michael D. Wasserman

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Assistant Professor, Human Biology

Research + Teaching Interests
primate ecology and evolution; environmental endocrinology, conservation biology and sustainability; evolutionary medicine and EcoHealth; nutritional anthropology

Regional Expertise
Uganda

David Williams

David Williams

John S. Hastings Professor, Mauer School of Law

Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy, Mauer School of Law

Research + Teaching Interests
constitutional design; Native American law; constitutional treatment of difference; relationship between constitutionalism and political violence

Regional Expertise
Liberia; South Sudan

Susan Williams

Susan Williams

Walter W. Foskett Professor, Mauer School of Law

Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy, Mauer School of Law

Research + Teaching Interests
comparative constitutional law; feminist jurisprudence; property law

Regional Expertise
Liberia; South Sudan

Attia Youseif

Attia Youseif

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

  • ayouseif@iu.edu

Research + Teaching Interests
Teaching Arabic as a foreign language; Arabic grammar and morphology, phonology and syntax; Arabic literature; Dialects; the role of culture in learning a foreign language; Theories of language acquisition; Comparative Linguistics.

Regional Expertise
Egypt; Morocco