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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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Scott Swinton Department: Agriculture, Food & Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Niger; Côte d’Ivoire; Senegal; Morocco; Tunisia; Ethiopia; Zimbabwe; Malawi; Kenya

Email: swintons(at)

Terrie Taylor Department: Osteopathic Medical Specialties Com
Countries/Research: Malawi; Sudan
Email: ttmalawi(at)

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Biography: Terrie Taylor's battle against malaria, which she refers to as the Voldemort of parasites, has been waged since 1986. An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Terrie spends six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children. The Blantyre Malaria Project, established by Terrie and Malcolm Molyneux, has carried out outstanding research and patient care in the area of pediatric malaria, specifically cerebral malaria, a syndrome in which the brain is involved.

Chantal M. Tetreault Department: Anthropology Social Science
Countries/Research: Morocco
Email: tetreau7(at)

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Biography: Chantal Tetreault is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist whose recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. Dr. Tetreault's current project addresses the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. More generally, her research illuminates how cultural processes of identity construction, primarily relating to gender and ethnicity, are achieved through everyday language use. Professor Tetreault's publications and teaching both challenge naturalized assumptions about the link between identity and language, thereby contributing to new scholarship in linguistic anthropology that rejects the previously common pattern of equating cultural groups and particular language styles.

Veronique Theriault Department: Agriculture, Food & Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Benin; Burkina Faso; Mali
Email: theria13(at)

Denise Troutman Department: Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture
Email: troutma1(at)

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Biography: 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.

David Tschirley Department: Agriculture, Food & Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Mozambique; Zambia; Kenya; Malawi; Uganda; Tanzania; Ethiopia
Email: tschirle(at)

Michael Wahman Department: Political Science
Countries/Research: Malawi, Zambia
Email: wahmanmi(at)

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Biography: Michael Wahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He holds a PhD from Lund University (Sweden). Before joining Michigan State university, he held teaching and research positions at University of Missouri, London School of Economics (LSE), University of Texas at Austin, and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Dr. Wahman focuses on democratization, electoral politics, and political parties in Africa and has a particular interest in sub-national variations in electoral dynamics. He has written extensively on the politics of Malawi and Zambia.

Edward Walker Department: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics CNS
Countries/Research: Kenya; Uganda; Malawi; Mali; Cameroon
Email: walker(at)

Dave Weatherspoon Department: Agriculture, Food & Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Southern/Eastern Africa
Email: weathe42(at)

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Biography: Lorraine Weatherspoon is an Associate Professor and Didactics Program in Dietetics Director. Her interests are in the role of dietary, lifestyle and ecological factors in the risk, prevention and management of diet-related health disparities and chronic diseases. She also has a special Interest in Type 2 diabetes, maternal and child nutrition, and nutrition in HIV/AIDS.

Lorraine Weatherspoon Department: Food Science & Human Nutrition ANR
Countries/Research: Botswana; Swaziland; Tanzania
Email: weathe43(at)