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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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Denise Troutman

Department: Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture
Email: troutma1(at)
Troutman has a PhD in Linguistics from Michigan State University and has a joint appointment with Linguistics. She is winner of the 2001-2002 Fulbright Award, 2003-2004 American Fellowship, and the 2009-2010 Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Scholarship. Research interests: discourse analysis, women and language, African American women and language practices, linguistic politeness in the African American speech community, Ebonics.