International Studies & Programs

Faculty

The Michigan State University African Studies Center has 170 faculty with experience on Africa, probably the largest in the nation, including the largest faculties in social science (40) and in economics and agricultural economics (16). The Center features many other scholars in African languages, the arts and humanities, education, agricultural and natural sciences, health and medicine and other fields. The faculty members are listed alphabetically by college and departmental affiliation, noting geographical areas of Africa experience, and teaching and research interests.

 

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Lisa Cook Department: James Madison College Dean
Countries/Research: Nigeria; South Africa; Senegal; Ghana; Egypt; Tunisia; Madagascar; Mozambique; Namibia; Mauritius; Rwanda; Burundi; Uganada; Kenya
Email: lisacook(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations (James Madison College) at Michigan State University. Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets, innovation, and economic history. As a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Cook worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Eric Crawford Department: Ag, Food & Resource Econ
Email: crawfor5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Eric Crawford worked on rural and agricultural development programs in Kenya for five years, initially as a Peace Corps volunteer. He joined the department at Michigan State in 1979 as an assistant professor focusing on international agricultural development. His recent research has covered the evaluation of agricultural research impacts, determinants of farm productivity and investment, benefit-cost analysis of alternative strategies for promoting improved input use, and linking farm household models with climate change and crop models. From September 1992 through September 2006 he served as Associate Chairperson and graduate program coordinator. Since 2006, he has served as Co-Director of the Food Security Group within the department. He is also currently Director of MSU’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, and is a Co-PI on several international projects including the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, the Tanzania Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), and the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program.

Constance (Connie) Currier Department: Human Medicine Dean/History
Countries/Research: Ghana; Ethiopia; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Malawi; Zimbabwe
Email: currier3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Connie Currier, DrPH, MPH, is Assistant Professor and advisor for the Program. She is responsible for coordinating international and domestic practicum/field experiences for students, as well as developing and teaching global public health-related courses targeted at MPH, medical, undergraduate, and high school students. Her graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan: the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in health policy; and a joint Master of Public Health (MPH) in both Population Planning and International Health, and Public Health Policy and Administration. Dr. Currier’s teaching and research interests focus on the values of social justice and cultural competence as essential to good public health practice. She believes preparing students with knowledge and skills in these areas is essential to enable them to successfully address the increasingly complex global public health challenges they will face as they enter the workforce. 

Pero Dagbovie Department: Graduate School Dean
Countries/Research: Togo
Email: dagbovie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie is professor of African American history and Associate Dean in The Graduate School. His research and teaching interests comprise a range of time periods, themes, and topical specialties, including black intellectual history, the history of the black historical enterprise, black women's history, black life during the Nadir, the civil rights-Black Power movement, African American Studies, hip hop culture, and contemporary black history. His books include Black History: Old School Black Historians and the Hip Hop Generation (Bedford Publishers, Inc., 2006),The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene (University of Illinois Press, 2007), African American History Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, 2010), Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C.: The Father of Black History (The History Press, 2014), and What is African American History? (Polity Press: Cambridge, UK, 2015). He is on the editorial boards of The Journal for the Study of Radicalism and The Journal of Black Studies and is a lifetime member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Charles (Kurt) Dewhurst Department: Museum/English
Countries/Research: South Africa
Email: dewhurs1(at)msu.edu

Andrew Dillon Department: Ag, Food and Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Mali; Burkina Faso; Ghana; Nigeria; Tanzania
Email: dillona6(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Andrew Dillon is an assistant professor in the tenure system at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. His current research focuses on household labor supply and education decisions, the interrelationship of agriculture, health and nutrition, and social network effects on technology adoption. His ongoing projects are currently being implemented with government agencies, private sector firms, and NGOs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria.

Cynthia Donovan Department: Ag, Food and Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Mozambique Zambia; Kenya; Angola; Malawi
Email: donovanc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Donovan is an Associate Professor in International Development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, having joined MSU in 1999.  She has been involved with research, training and outreach in developing countries since 1981, including research positions with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA, now known as Africa Rice) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Dr. Donovan is currently Deputy Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Collaborative Research for Grain Legumes(Legume Innovation Lab and a member of the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center at MSU.  She has extensive experience in West, East, and Southern Africa, as well as Asia and Latin America.

Rita (Kiki) Edozie Department: James Madison College Dean
Countries/Research: Nigeria; South Africa; Ethiopia
Email: rkedozie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie is a Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at James Madison College of Public Affairs. She is the author, co-author, editor of five books (two forthcoming), including The African Union's Africa (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming); and single author of several journal articles/book chapters in comparative politics of Africa, global development, democratization, and Pan African studies.

Stephen Esquith Department: Residential College Arts and Human Dean
Countries/Research: Mali
Email: esquith(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. His primary scholarly work is Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. Steve has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He led study abroad programs focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. After consulting with the Malian Ministry for Reconciliation in 2013, he returned to Mali in summer 2014 to lead a new study abroad program there to develop a local dialogue forum in collaboration with students and faculty from the Ecole Normal Superieure in Bamako and the Institute for Popular Education in Kati.

Emine Evered Department: History
Email: evered(at)msu.edu

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Biography: As a historian of the Middle East and North Africa, Emine Evered specializes in analyzing late Ottoman and early nationalist accounts of education and public health as a means to understanding themes in modernization, nation-building, and ethno-religious particularization. As an historian of the Middle East and North Africa, Emine Ö. Evered specializes in analyzing late Ottoman and early nationalist accounts of education and public health as a means to understanding themes in modernization, nation-building, and ethno-religious particularization.  She earned her PhD in History with a minor in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona.  She also holds an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate and undergraduate degrees from institutions in Turkey.