Twin Cities Africanists

Member Directory


Updated as of November 2006
To be added to this directory or to edit your current listing, email Dianna Shandy at: shandy@macalester.edu


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A

Africa-related courses:
Have taught undergraduate and graduate courses focusing completely or in part on Lusophone Africa (including literature, popular music, cinema, history, geopolitics, critical thought)
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Lusophone Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé & Príncipe); (post)colonialism, globalization, Lusophone trans-Atlantic matrix (including Brazil and Portugal).

B

 

Africa-related courses:
I teach economic development and focus on Africa, Latin America, and Asia. I also teach Introduction to International Studies, and focus most of my attention on these three regions as well. I did one time teach a course on African economic development, and hope I get the chance again at some point.
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West Africa, especially Burkina Faso and Ghana; women in development, agricultural development, impacts of structural (economic) reform

 

C

Africa-related courses:
African Music and cultures with percussionist Marc Anderson
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West Africa; East Africa

 

D

  

F

Africa-related courses:
Ethnography of Africa, Ethnography of Reproduction (explicit N. America, Africa comparison), African Identities (Introduction to African Studies) Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Cameroon; gender, medical anthropology, reproductive health, anthropological demography, social networks, collective memory. I have been doing research on infertility and on concerns with threats to both human reproduction and social reproduction over the past 20 years. This has led me to pay close attention to the social and cultural contexts of reproductive decision making, focusing on 1) people's connection to others (be they kin, co-ethnics, co-workers, or members of voluntary associations) and the structure of those connections, and 2) the role of ethnic conflict and the politicization of ethnicity in how people imagine their reproductive well-being. My current collaborative research in Cameroon explores these issues through a network study of six women's associations.

 

University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
kfennelly@hhh.umn.edu
Phone:  (612) 362-7889
Fax:  (612) 625-6685

Africa-related courses:
Immigrant Health Issues (addresses issues related to the health of a broad spectrum of immigrants and refugees)
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Relationships among African immigrants and refugees and other immigrant groups and European-origin residents in the U.S.

 

G

 

Africa-related courses:
Survey of African History (Fall 2003), Environment and Society in African History (graduate seminar, Spring 2004), Food and famine in African History (freshman seminar, Spring 2004), Popular Narratives of African History (Fall 2004), Methods and pedagogy in African History (Spring 2005), Conservation in Africa (Spring 2005)
Geographic and Scholarly Areas of Specialization:
Central and West Africa, Environmental History, History of Public Health, Cultural History

  

Africa-related courses:
African Worlds (Peoples of Africa); Art of Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West Africa; Ghana; Anlo-Ewe -- Culture, illness and health; psychological anthropology; cultural meaning systems

 

H

Africa-related courses:
Geology of East Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya

 

Africa-related courses:
Traditions and Transformations; Stages of Change (seminar); Festival Drama (seminar); African Drama (seminar);
Units in “Literatures in English;” Units in literature from 1850 to the present
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West African drama in English

 

I

 

J

Africa-related courses:
African Literature
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West and South African literature


Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:

History of science in East Africa; pastoralists of East Africa.

Africa-related courses:
Africa to 1800, African Diaspora, Modern Africa and West Africa:
Colonialism, Commerce and Culture
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
late nineteenth and early twentieth century Senegal and Atlantic World;
colonialism, identity formation and urban politics

K

Africa-related courses:
Africa (Geography)
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Central and West Africa; Senegal; Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire); Physical Geography of Africa

 


Africa-related courses:
Structure of Chisukwa (Bantu, Malawi); Language in Africa; Field Methods in Linguistics (African language consultant), Language and Gender
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Bantu languages (East Africa, Southern Africa, currently Malawi); semantics, tense/aspect/mood, language contact and change, language and culture, language and gender, field linguistics, verb classification

 

L

Africa-related courses:
Some African content is integrated in my courses Political Sociology and Indigenous Peoples' Movements in Global Context.

Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
I am a comparative sociologist and sometimes use cases from Africa in my research.  I have studied the Ghana Stock Exchange as part of a larger project on newer, small stock exchanges in relation to theories of globalization, market formation and operation, and regulation.  I am also engaged in a collaborative project which examines policies and rhetorics of "indigenization" which is drawing on some cases from Africa.

Africa-related courses:
Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa; The Economics of Apartheid
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization:
Eastern and Southern Africa, especially Botswana; economic and political development; economic policy

 

M

Africa-related courses:
Post-colonial literatures, Africa and the Americas (with a focus on cultural, ideological, literary and folkloric connections in a historical perspective), Folklore (especially epic, folktale, outlaw and trickster traditions).
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
East Africa (especially Tanzania and the Kenya coast)

 

Africa-related courses:
Survey courses in southern, eastern and western Sub-Saharan African history; memory and narrative; women and empire; African environmental history; African women’s life histories
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
East Africa (Tanzania); African-Chinese relations; environmental history; memory and narrative; Maji Maji rebellion; German colonialism in East Africa

 

Africa-related courses:
Introduction to African Literature; Postcolonial Theory
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Main Africanist field: Anglophone and Francophone literature; Secondary Africanist fields: cultural theory, Black Atlantic links

 

 

N

 

Africa-related courses:
Economic development; Comparative Economic Systems
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Eastern Africa: Economic Development Policy Impact Studies; Economic Liberalization, Taxation; Policies and Economic Development

 

O

Africa-related courses:
Introduction to Africa Studies; Peoples and Cultures of Africa; History of Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Francophone Africa; West Africa; Zimbabwe

 

P

Africa-related courses:
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West Africa (Ghana-Volta Region)-family and social organization, gender; Southern Africa (Malawi)-child nutrition, rural women

 

Africa-related courses:
African History Survey (Before 1800/Since 1800); Social History of African Women; History and Memory; South African History
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
South African History; Comparative Women’s History; African Women’s History

 

R

Africa-related courses:
Geography of Africa: Regional Survey of human and physical geography; Human Geography: (use examples from Africa extensively)
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Scholarly interests in land use change and tenure issues; People/Environment and Geographic Analysis in Regional-East Africa

 

Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization:
Interest (not specialization) in East and Southern Africa

 

S

Africa-related courses:
Introduction to International Studies: Globalization; Perspectives on World Order (senior seminar)
Both have some content about Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Horn of Africa; Somalia; Sudan; Impact of Islam; State Building; Leadership; Democracy

 

Africa-related courses:
Peoples and Cultures of Africa; Conflict/Post-Conflict Societies in Africa; Gender and Power in Africa; Gender and Family in Africa; Culture and Globalization (has content about Africa and forced migration processes); Refugees and Humanitarian Response (has content about Africa).

Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Sudan; southern Africa (Namibia, South Africa and Botswana); West Africa (Cote d’Ivoire); Impact of conflict (refugees, post-conflict reconstruction); rapid social change; gender

 

African-related courses:
Presently on research leave. Have taught a variety of African cinema and African literature courses
Geography and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Francophone West Africa, especially Senegal; South Africa

V

Africa-related courses:
Francophone studies.  I have taught survey courses, a course on culture and literature in Senegal/Mali and one version of the course on Senegal/Mali/Haiti.  I currently teach Francophone Studies with a focus on Haiti/Guadeloupe/Martinique but I have been asked to develop more French courses on African cultures.  I also teach a First-Year course on Culture and Identity through African/Caribbean/French and North American cinema, with a good part of the course on African cinema.
Geography and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
West Africa (Senegal), Cameroon, Rwanda - literature; I am currently interested in representations of systemic violence; North Africa also, particularly Algeria; Diaspora in the Caribbean and Haitian diaspora in Senegal.

 

W

Africa-related courses:
African History Survey; African History Grad Seminars; East African History; Images of Africa (representations of Africa); Rwandan genocide; South African history; Africa and Human Rights; Kingdom of Kongo; Horn of Africa
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Great Lakes Africa (RW, BU, Tz, Ug, KN, DRC); Greater Horn of Africa; History; Human Rights

 

Africa-related courses:
History, Memory and the Black Atlantic: Ghana and the US History; Memory and the Black Atlantic Revisited
Geographic and scholarly areas of specialization in Africa:
Post-colonial Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah; history, memory, and monuments in Ghana

 

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