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About The African Studies Center

International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-1700
Fax: (517) 432-1209

Interim Director: Dr. Assefa Mehretu
Director: Dr. Jamie Monson (mid-August, 2015)
Assistant Director: Dr. Ann Biersteker
Assistant Director: Dr. John Metzler
(Outreach and Programming)
Center Administrator: Lisa Hinds

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National Prominence of African Studies at MSU

Founded in 1960, the MSU African Studies Center (ASC) is one of nine Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education, based on the Center's 150 research faculty providing broad research, teaching, and service on the continent. In addition to courses and seminars on Africa, the program offers instruction in 30 African languages.

As a result of this African focus, MSU's largest programs of international research and project assistance are found in Africa and African Studies, comprising circa two-thirds of the MSU international totals. Reflecting the priority given to research, for almost two decades, MSU graduate students have produced more Ph.D. dissertations on Africa than any other university in the northern hemisphere. In the 1990s to 2002, MSU graduate students won more than one-fifth of the Social Science Research Council's national Predissertation Awards for Africa in a competition among the leading 23 U.S. research universities. The faculty and students are served by one of the three largest Africana collections nationally in the MSU Libraries.

Active curricular and co-curricular programs are offered for MSU undergraduates, including more study abroad programs in Africa (21) than any other U.S. university.

MSU faculty specialists on Africa are found in most colleges of the university, including in Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Communications, Education, Business, Medicine (Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary), and the Sciences.

Outreach and Development

MSU is a national center for information on Africa for U.S. teachers in K-12 and in community and four-year colleges, as well as for business, the media, communities, government, and NGOs.

A majority of the African studies faculty members are engaged in development work in food and agriculture; health, disease, and medicine; education and training; communications; rural and urban development; and gender and human rights. These faculty projects are offered in partnerships with more than 30 African universities, technikons, and other agencies.