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African Studies Center
International Studies and Programs
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
Tel: +1-517-353-1700
Fax: +1-517-432-1209
africa(at)msu.edu
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Jamie Monson Director
African Studies Center

100 International Center
monsonj(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jamie Monson is the newly appointed Director of African Studies at Michigan State University, where she is also a Professor of History. Dr. Monson received her MA in African Area Studies and her PhD in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research focuses on Chinese development assistance to Africa. She is a specialist on the TAZARA railway, a development project built in Tanzania and Zambia with Chinese development cooperation in the 1970s.

Her book, Africa's Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania (Indiana, 2009) has been widely acclaimed and has been recently published in Chinese (2015).

Professor Monson's new research projects concern technology transfer and civil diplomacy in China-Africa engagement. She also has a strong background in African agricultural and environmental history, an interest she developed originally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. She speaks Swahili, German and French and has been studying Chinese since 2009.

Galen Sibanda African Languages Program Coordinator
African Studies Center

100 International Center
sibanda1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Galen Sibanda joined the African Studies Center as the African Languages Program Coordinator and isiZulu instructor in 2011. His research interests are phonology, morphology, Syntax/Semantics (particularly the argument structure, thematic roles and semantic classes), the linguistic structure of Bantu languages, and language pedagogy.

Galen received his PhD in linguistic from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.