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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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Thomas Jayne

Department: Ag, Food & Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Zimbabwe; Kenya; Zambia; Ghana; Ethiopia
Email: jayne(at)
Thomas Jayne’s career has been devoted to working with African colleagues to promote effective policy responses to poverty in Africa.  Jayne is Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  In June, 2015 he was named MSU Foundation Professor. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.  He has mentored dozens of young Africa professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African research institutes, serving as co-director of several grants from the Gates Foundation focusing on building sustainable research capacity in Africa. He has over 25 years of experience conducting research on agricultural productivity and markets.