Macrina C. Lelei is the Associate Director of the African Studies Program. Prior to this position, Dr. Lelei served as the Assistant Director for academic affairs responsible for advising students and guiding their progress through the program. She has been with the program since its founding in 2001 when she served as the Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) responsible for assisting the program director with student advising and programming. She received her formative education in her home country of Kenya where she also obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University. She taught high school in Kenya before coming to the United States to pursue further education. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Library & Information Science where she obtained her Master’s Degree (1997); and the School of Education, Department of Administrative & Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained her Ph.D. (2002).
Dr. Lelei enjoys working with students, advising them and providing information and assistance to navigate African studies within Pitt’s international Studies framework, and to make appropriate decisions in their study plans as it relates to their academic, career and personal goals. She particularly encourages interested students to take African Studies content courses, travel to Africa for study abroad, internships or service related activities to help them enhance their knowledge of Africa. She works in close collaboration with faculty affiliates to offer more learning opportunities through new courses with enriched content on Africa, and out of the classroom learning opportunities through seminars, workshops, events, and activities that promote cross-cultural exchanges and networking. She has developed programming not only for our students but also for K-12 students to increase opportunities for learning about Africa. She continues to explore opportunities to advance the program’s goals and enrich student-learning experiences.