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.

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

Martina Anto-Ocrah

Assistant Professor of Medicine
maa509@pitt.edu

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Department:
Medicine
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa
Research:
Reproductive Epidemiology, Social Media & Digital Health, Global Health

Mohammed Bamyeh

Professor
bamyeh@gmail.com
4122655166
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Department:
Sociology
Regions of Interest:
North Africa
Research:
Islam, Middle East and North Africa, anti-colonial movements, revolutions, sociology of knowledge, comparative sociology

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:
Social Work

Bopaya Bidanda

Ernest Roth Professor
bidanda@pitt.edu
412-414-7000
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Department:
Industrial Engineering
Research:
Multiple publications

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

Gamby Diagne Camara

Visiting Lecturer, Ph.D.
GDC21@pitt.edu
513-218-5609
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
United States, Senegal
Research:
"Faces of Blackness: The Creation of the New Negro and Négritude Movements in Harlem and Paris"--Journal of Black Studies, Fall

Jonathan Chitiyo

Assistant Professor
chitiyoj@pitt.edu
814-362-5153
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Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Research:
special education development, HIV/AIDS & Education of orphaned and vulnerable children

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

Ian Copeland

Post-Doctoral Associate
iancopeland@pitt.edu
412-624-7775
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Department:
Music
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Malawi
Research:
The musical and interpersonal ramifications of international aid, volun-tourism, and HIV/AIDS activism in the Southern African nation of Malawi.

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

Obinna Paschal Ezeihuoma

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
ope1@pitt.edu
814-362-5036
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Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Nigeria
Research:
Copycat suicide terrorism: The case of boko Haram in Nigeria

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

Jessica FitzPatrick

Assistant Teaching Professor
JLF115@pitt.edu

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Department:
English
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Nigeria, South Africa, Somalia
Research:
“Afrofuturist Aliens: Shifting to the space of third contact” (Extrapolation); "Seeds of Catastrophe" (LARB)

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

Shailendra Gajanan

Chair of the Division of Management and Education & Professor of Economics
sng1@pitt.edu
814 362 7628
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Department:
Economics
Countries of Interest:
US, Asia and Africa
Research:
Nutrition Economics (2017), Food Security, Poverty and Public Policy (3rd Edition, forthcoming)

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

Steven Goldstein

Assistant Professor
stg92@pitt.edu
412-624-3112
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Department:
Anthropology
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia
Research:
stgoldstein.com

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

Astou Fall Gueye

Assistant Professor
asg138@pitt.edu
608-443-8821
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Department:
French & Italian Languages & Literatures
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Senegal
Research:
African cultural studies; Francophone literatures and cinema; Gender and Women's studies; African diaspora studies

Paul T. Harper

Clinical Assistant Professor
ptharper@katz.pitt.edu
412-559-8988
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Department:
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa
Research:
Research Topics - Racial Justice and Business Ethics; Recent Publication - The Symbolic Imagination, Journal of Business Ethics

Julia Hudson-Richards

Instructor
juh87@pitt.edu
724-561-7348
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Department:
History
Research:
The development of large scale food production

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

Meshesha Make Jobo

Associate Professor
MMM352@pitt.edu
412-623-9978
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Department:
Linguistics
Regions of Interest:
Africa
Countries of Interest:
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda
Research:
English language pedagogy, folklore, sociolinguistics, English language skills, gender and education, teaching and learning in higher education, higher education leadership etc.

Toya Jones

Assistant Professor and Director of the BASW Program
toyaj@pitt.edu
412-648-9306
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Department:
Social Work
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, West Africa
Research:
Trauma Reactions in Social Work Students: Increasing Awareness of PTSD and Self-Care Through the PTSD Coach Application, Jon2021

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

Margaret Judd


mjudd@pitt.edu
412-648-7525
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Department:
Anthropology
Regions of Interest:
North Africa
Countries of Interest:
Egypt, Sudan
Research:
Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, trauma

Julius Kitutu

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

Leonora Anyango Kivuva

Adjunct Faculty
lak31@pitt.edu
412-654-4914

Department:
English
Research:
Multiple publications

Dela Kuma

Assistant Professor
DEK151@pitt.edu

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Department:
Anthropology
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Ghana
Research:
www.rdkuma.com

Macrina Chelagat Lelei

Associate Director of African Studies, Adjunct Assistant Professor
macrina@pitt.edu
412-648-2058
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Department:
Administrative and Policy Studies
Regions of Interest:
Africa, East Africa
Countries of Interest:
Kenya
Research:
Education in Africa, International Development, Access and Opportunities, Gender equity

Michael Lewin

Senior Lecturer
michael.lewin@pitt.edu
412-648-7630
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Department:
Economics
Regions of Interest:
North Africa, Southern Africa
Research:
Natural Resources and Minerals, Governance

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.

Claude Mauk

Director of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center
cemauk@pitt.edu
412-874-7811
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Department:
Linguistics
Research:
Phonetics (mainly on ASL)

Lanre Morenikeji

Assistant Professor
obm3@pitt.edu
607-269-7339
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Department:
Biological Sciences
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Research:
Biological Sciences

Jean Nachega

Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, Department of Epidemiology
jbn16@pitt.edu
412-997-7680
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Department:
Public Health
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa
Research:
HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in Africa

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

Tagbo H.R. Niepa

Assistant professor
tniepa@pittt.edu
412-383-4265
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Department:
Bioengineering
Regions of Interest:
West Africa
Research:
Biofilm/Microbiome Engineering

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

BioDun J. Ogundayo

Associate Professor, Director of Africana Studies and Foreign Languages, Pitt Bradford
ogundayo@pitt.edu
814-362-5015
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Department:
Africana Studies
Regions of Interest:
Africa
Research:
Africana Studies, African & Comparative Literature, Comparative Linguistics, Translation, African Spirituality

Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi

Assistant Professor, Communications & The Arts
doyinJSP@pitt.edu
814-362-5061
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Department:
Communication
Regions of Interest:
Southern Africa, West Africa
Countries of Interest:
Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa
Research:
Visual rhetoric, ethics, African humanism, environmental rhetoric, colonial & decolonial photography, divinatory system

Mary Ohmer

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

Jennifer Petrie-Wyman

Assistant Director and Adjunct Faculty
jlp224@pitt.edu
724-272-4852

Department:
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Regions of Interest:
East Africa, West Africa
Research:
Ethical Leadership in Africa; Women's Leadership in Africa; Decolonizing the curriculum; African Performing Arts

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

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

Associate 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

Abdesalam Soudi

Lecturer and Program Advisor
soudia@pitt.edu
412-648-8915
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Department:
Linguistics
Regions of Interest:
North Africa, West Africa

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

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

John Walsh

Associate Professor
jpw64@pitt.edu
617-699-3582
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Department:
Linguistics
Regions of Interest:
North Africa, West Africa
Research:
Francophone African literature; Caribbean Studies; Environmental Humanities; migration, climate change, urban imaginaries

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