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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Daniel Clay Department: Dept. of Community Sustain
Countries/Research: Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya; Madagascar; Mali; Morocco; Niger
Email: clay(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dan Clay is Professor and Director, Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems in the Department of Community Sustainability, and Senior Associate to the Dean, CANR. His work in agricultural and rural development focuses on issues of sustainable food and agricultural value chain development (high value exports), food security, food aid impacts, household livelihood strategies, relief-development linkages, conservation investments, sustainable agricultural intensification, and household survey methodologies. His current/recent research and international development activities include smallholder food security and coffee value chain development in Rwanda and Burundi; satellite-based methods for forecasting and famine early warning in Senegal; and horticulture value chains and food safety in Vietnam and Thailand (WTO sponsored) and Rwanda (EU sponsored). Dan's domestic research program focuses on sports analytics, notably the ecological and organizational determinants of performance and success in college athletics.

Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz Department: Political Science
Countries/Research: Uganda; Senegal; Ghana
Email: conroyk6(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jeff Conroy-Krutz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he began work in 2009.  His research focuses on political decision-making, particularly surrounding elections, in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on mass media, access to political information, and electoral decision-making in Africa, and is beginning a research project on comparative electoral campaign behavior in Africa.  To date, he has conducted fieldwork for various research projects in Senegal and Uganda.  Jeff received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University in 2009.  In 2009-10, he will teach undergraduate courses in African Politics and Introduction to Comparative Politics at MSU.

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.

Chinwe Effiong Department: International Studies and Programs
Email: effiong(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, while leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives. Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods. Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa. Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa. Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.