Staff

Africa Today editor & staff biographies

Tavy Aherne

Tavy Aherne

Tavy Aherne is associate director of the African Studies Program (ASP) and director of undergraduate studies for the ASP at Indiana University. An art historian, her research has focused on West African aesthetic systems, African textiles and trade, and teaching pedagogies. She has collaborated on exhibitions with national and international museums.

Beth Buggenhagen

Beth Buggenhagen

Beth Buggenhagen is associate professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. She writes about visual culture, value, gender, and Islam in West Africa. Publications include Muslim Families in Global Senegal (2012), an edited volume with Anne Maria Makhulu and Stephen Jackson, Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectivities (2010), and numerous journal articles.

Sergio Fernandez

Sergio Fernandez

Sergio Fernandez is an associate professor at Indiana University and an expert in the fields of public management and organization theory, with a focus on employee empowerment, representative bureaucracy in the U.S. and South Africa, organizational change and innovation, public sector leadership, and government outsourcing.

Maria Grosz-Ngaté

Maria Grosz-Ngaté

Maria Grosz-Ngaté is a research scientist in African Studies at Indiana University. Her areas of interest include political economy with a focus on social transformation and migration; Muslim communities in Senegal and Mali; and knowledge production in and on Africa. Her publications include Gendered Encounters and Africa, Fourth Edition.

Eileen Julien

Eileen Julien

Eileen Juliene is professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, and African Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She teaches and publishes primarily on the literatures and cultures of Africa, the Americas and France in their interrelationships with particular attention to the factors of colonialism, decolonization, and contemporary political and economic processes.

Aaron Kessler

Aaron Kessler

Aaron Kessler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington. He studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture. His work engages with scholarship on modernism and modernity, critical race theory, temporality, place and space, new southern studies, and eco-criticism.

Lauren M. MacLean

Lauren M. MacLean

Lauren M. MacLean is the Arthur F. Bentley Chair and professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the political economy of state formation, public service provision, and democratic citizenship in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Kenya. Her current project as a Carnegie Fellow focuses on the energy sector and climate change.

Luciana Namorato

Luciana Namorato

Luciana Namorato is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. Her research and teaching are in twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian literature, transatlantic Luso-Brazilian studies, and contemporary Latin American narrative. Author of Diálogos borgianos: Intertextualidade e imaginário nacional na obra de Jorge Luis Borges e de Antonio Fernando Borges (2011).

Hilary Warner-Evans

Hilary Warner-Evans

Hilary Warner-Evans is the managing editor of Africa Today.