Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty are listed alphabetically, noting their geographic areas of Africa experience, teaching and research.

If you are a faculty member at Pitt with interest and are interested in affiliating with African Studies, please complete our online form and attach your current CV for consideration to join our affiliated faculty.

Barry Ames

Andrew W. Mellon Professor and Department Chair
barrya@pitt.edu
(412) 648-7276
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Department:
Political Science
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Mozambique
Research:
Comparative Politics; Decentralization/ Devolution of Political Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Susan Andrade

Associate Professor
sza@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6550
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Department:
English
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Research:
Cultural/Women's Studies, Post-Colonial African Literature, and African Fiction

Danielle Andrews-Brown

Lecturer and Environmental Studies Program Coordinator
dma65@pitt.edu
412-624-6615
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Department:
Geology and Environmental Science
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
South Africa
Research:
Water and Soil Quality

Elena Baylis

Associate Professor
ebaylis@pitt.edu
(412)-867-8690
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Department:
Law
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone
Research:
International Law and the Interaction Between International and Community Groups in Post-Conflict States

Eric Kwadwo O. Beeko

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Africana Studies & Department of Music
erb16@pitt.edu
(412) 648-7548
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Department:
Music, Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa
Research:
Ethnomusicology; Performing Arts; Ghanaian Neo-Pentecostal Performance Traditions; Black Performance Aesthetics and Politics of Identity

Yodit Betru

Assistant Professor
ykb2@pitt.edu
412-624-6854
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Department:
Nursing

Carol Mastrangelo Bove

Senior Lecturer
cbove@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6631
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Department:
English
Regions of Interest:
North Africa, Southern Africa
Research:
World Literature and Film; Translation Studies; and Literature and Psychoanalysis

Jerome Branche

Professor of Latin American and Cultural Studies
branche@pitt.edu
(412) 624-5468
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Department:
Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Racialized Modernity and How Creative Writers Imagine and Articulate Slavery, Freedom, the Nation, Being, and Gender

Ronald A. Brand

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor, Academic Director, Center for International Legal Education
rbrand@pitt.edu
(412) 648-1307
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Department:
Law
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya, Tunisia
Research:
International Legal Education, Private International Law, Comparative Law, Dispute Resolution

Betty Braxter

Assistant Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
bjbst32@pitt.edu
(412) 624-7188
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Department:
Nursing
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Women and Adolescent Health

Robin Brooks

Assistant Professor
rob88@pitt.edu
412-624-3356
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Jamaica, U.S.
Research:
20th and 21st Century Literature, African-American, Caribbean, and American Multiethnic Literatures, Feminist Theories and Postcolonial Studies

Thuy D. Bui

Associate Professor and Global Health Tract Director
buithuy@pitt.edu
(412) 692-4888
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Department:
Medicine
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania
Research:
Social Determinants of Health, Global Health Education, Clinical Reasoning

Heath Cabot

Assistant Professor
hcabot@pitt.edu
412-648-7500
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Department:
Anthropology

Danny Choi

Assistant Professor
dannychoi@pitt.edu
412-648-7275
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Department:
Political Science
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya, Zambia, Ghana
Research:
Comparative Politics, Elections and Representation, Political Parties, and Identity Politics

Christopher R. Cook

Assistant Professor, Pitt Johnstown Director of International Studies, Pitt Johnstown
ccook@pitt.edu
(814) 269-2977
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Department:
Political Science
Regions of Interest:
Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Research:
Peacekeeping, The Connection Between Conflict and Economic Exploitation, Media and Press Perceptions of African Conflict

Yolanda Covington-Ward

Assistant Professor
YDC1@Pitt.edu
(412) 648-7556
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Department:
Anthropology, Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
West Africa, Central Africa
Countries of Interest:
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia
Research:
Anthropology, Cultural Performance

Neil Doshi

Assistant Professor of French
doshi@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6260
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Department:
French & Italian Languages & Literatures
Regions of Interest:
North Africa
Countries of Interest:
Algeria
Research:
The Relationships Between Textual Forms and Live Performance in Postcolonial Contexts

Gerald Douglas

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
gpd6@pitt.edu
412-648-9323
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Department:
Medicine
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Malawi
Research:
Health information systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abimbola Fapohunda

Instructor
aof3@pitt.edu
412-648-4165
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Department:
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Tanzania, Nigeria
Research:
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparaties

Steven Finkel

Department Chair and Daniel H. Wallace Professor of Political Science
finkel@pitt.edu
(412) 648-7283
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Department:
Political Science
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya, South Africa
Research:
Comparative Political Behavior; Public Opinion; Democratization

Muge Finkel

Assistant Professor
mfinkel@pitt.edu
(412) 383-9483
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Department:
Public and International Affairs
Regions of Interest:
North Africa
Countries of Interest:
Egypt, Morocco
Research:
Social Policy, Economic Development

Sandra Founds

Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Area of Concentration
foundss@pitt.edu
(412) 624-3822
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Department:
Nursing
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Research of Quantitative of Five Genes Differentially; Women's Health and Pregnancy

Felix Germain

Associate Professor
ffg4@pitt.edu
412-648-2024
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
France, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the United States
Research:
Race Relations, Colonization, Decolonization, Postcolonial Migration, Labor Relations, Black Social Movements, and Gender Relations

Laurence Glasco

Associate Professor
lag1@pitt.edu
(412) 648-7486
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Race, Ethnicity, Urban History

Shelome Gooden

Associate Professor and Department Chair
sgooden@pitt.edu
(412)-624-5922
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Department:
Linguistics
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
African American Vernacular English, Creole Languages

Arif Jamal

Liason Librarian
ajamal@pitt.edu
412-648-7759
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Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa

Lauren Jonkman

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of International Pharmacy Student Experiences
ljf1@pitt.edu
412-648-8563
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Department:
Pharmacy
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Namibia, Malawi
Research:
Public Health, International Pharmacy Practice

Jacob Kigo Kariuki

Assistant Professor
kigok@pitt.edu
412-624-8149
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Department:
Nursing
Regions of Interest:
East Africa
Countries of Interest:
Global
Research:
Health Equity, Global Health, Cardiovascular Health Disparity

Lois Kepes

Liaison Librarian, University of Librarian System
lois@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7578
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Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa

Julius Kitutu

Assistant Professor & Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Alumni Relations
jmm@pitt.edu
(412)-624-6910
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Department:
Nursing
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Research Computing and Statistics

Macrina Lelei

Associate Director
macrina@pitt.edu
412-648-2058
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Filipo Lubua

Swahili Instructor, Less Commonly Taught Languages Center
lubua@pitt.edu
412-624-5512
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Department:
Linguistics
Regions of Interest:
East Africa
Countries of Interest:
Tanzania, Kenya & USA
Research:
Academic entrepreneurship in Instructional Technology, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Self-learning in LCTLs, Instructional technology and design, Online learning and teaching.

Paul Nelson

Associate Professor
pjnelson@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7645
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Department:
Public and International Affairs
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Human Rights and International Development

Solomon Ofori-Acquah

Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology Division
sfo2@pitt.edu
(412) 648-9231
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Department:
Medicine
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania
Research:
Molecular Hematology, Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), and Endothelial Biology Related to Novel Therapies for Pulmonary Vascular Dysfunctions

Mary Ohmer

Associate Professor, COSA Chair
mlo51@pitt.edu
412-624-8214
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Department:
Sociology
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Ghana
Research:
Social work and field placements in NGOs in Ghana

Louis Picard

Public Administration Program Director, Professor
picard@pitt.edu
(412)-624-7918
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Department:
Public and International Affairs
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Ghana, Guinea, South Africa, Morocco, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea
Research:
African Politics, human security, international development

Maureen Porter

Faculty, Project Director, Fulbright-Hays on Ethiopia
mporter@pitt.edu
412-648-7041
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Department:
Education
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa
Research:
Human Rights, Migration, Culturally-Responsive Education Policy

Shalini Puri

Professor, Director Literature Program
spuri@pitt.edu
(412)-624-2824
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Department:
English
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Post-Colonial, Cultural Studies

Marcus Rediker

Distinguished Professor
red1@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7477
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Sierra Leone
Research:
Africa and the Atlantic,Early American History,Atlantic History,

Michele Reid-Vazquez

Assistant Professor
mbr31@pitt.edu
(412) 624-7206
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
African Diaspora in the Atlantic and Caribbean

Serena Rivera

Visiting Assistant Professor
ser86@pitt.edu
412-624-2703
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Department:
Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola
Research:
Intersections of Food, Gender and Race in Lusophone African and Latin American Literatures, Abject Food Politics in Lusophone African and Latin American Literature, The Politics of Food and the Body, Women's and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pernille Røge

Assistant Professor
per20@pitt.edu
412-648-7451
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Senegal
Research:
Eighteenth-century France and Europe, Early Modern European Empires, Atlantic History, Intellectual History

Taylor Seybolt

Director, Ford Institute for Human Security Associate; Associate Professor
seybolt@pitt.edu
(412) 624-8691
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Department:
Public and International Affairs
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan (Darfur Region)
Research:
Humanitarian Intervention and Ethnic Conflict

Oronde Sharif

Lecturer, Major Advisor, Curriculum Coordinator
senegal1@pitt.edu
(412)-648-2276
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Research:
African dance

Matiangai Sirleaf

Assistant Professor
matiangai.sirleaf@pitt.edu
(412) 648-1364
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Department:
Law
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa
Research:
Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law, the Law of Emerging Nations as well as Law & Development

John Stoner

Executive Director for Academic Affairs, UCIS; Lecturer
stonerjc@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7485
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
South Africa
Research:
Modern South Africa, American Cold War policy in Africa

Amir Syed

Visiting Assistant Professor
amir.syed@pitt.edu
412-648-7451
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Research:
Construction of religious authority, scholarly culture, and Islamic knowledge practices

Christel Temple

Associate Professor
cnt15@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7556
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
African,diaspora literature,cultural theory

Nuno Themudo

Associate Professor
themudo@pitt.edu
(412)-648-7432
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Department:
Public and International Affairs
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Public organization management, environment and development policy, corruption and transnational governance

Janice Vance

Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders
jvance@pitt.edu
412-383-6562
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Department:
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Tanzania, South Africa
Research:
Applied linguistics,prosodic processing in children and adults, acquired neurogenic speech and language disorder

Peter Veldkamp

Director of Education, Division of Infectious Diseases
veldkampp@dom.pitt.edu
(412)-383-1675
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Department:
Medicine
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
HIV/AIDS, global health, general infectious diseases and tropical infections

Karin Elisabeth Warner

Professor
DrKarinWarner@pitt.edu
412-383-7746
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Department:
Nursing

Mari Webel

Assistant Professor
mwebel@pitt.edu
(412) 648-7451
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Department:
History
Regions of Interest:
East Africa
Research:
Modern Africa, History of Health and Disease, Environmental History, Imperialism and Colonialism

Josef Werne

Department Chair
jwerne@pitt.edu
(412) 624-8775
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Department:
Geology and Environmental Science
Regions of Interest:
East Africa
Countries of Interest:
The East African Rift Valley, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia
Research:
Paleoclimate & Environmental Change, Biogeochemistry and Geobiology, Limnology

Sylvanus Wosu

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity
snn2@pitt.edu
(412)-624-9842
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Department:
Swanson School of Engineering
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Mechanical Engineering