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The Michigan State University African Studies Center has close to a hundred Core Faculty with experience on Africa, probably one of the largest in the nation. The Center features many scholars in social science, agricultural economics, African languages, the arts and humanities, education, health and medicine and many 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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Edward Walker Department: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics CNS
Countries/Research: Kenya; Uganda; Malawi; Mali; Cameroon
Email: walker(at)

Ethan Watrall Department: Anthropology
Email: watrall(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)

Bethany Wilinski Department: Teacher Education
Countries/Research: Tanzania
Email: bethanyw(at)

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Biography: Bethany Wilinski joins the faculty at MSU in January 2015. She is interested in domestic and international early childhood education policy. Her research focuses on how teachers make sense of and implement early childhood policies and how policy shapes families access to early childhood programs. Her international work is based in Tanzania, where she is involved in research, curriculum development, and teacher training projects for Michigan State University's Tanzania Partnership Program.

Susan Wyche Department: Media and Information
Countries/Research: Kenya; Zambia
Email: spwyche(at)

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Biography: Susan Wyche is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She is also affiliated with MSUs Global Center for Food Systems Innovation funded by USAID in their Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). Her research focuses on information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). Wyche received her Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, an MS from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kwame Felix Yeboah Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Countries/Research: Ghana
Email: yeboahfe(at)

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Biography: Felix Yeboah is an Assistant Professor, International Development, and a member of the AFRE Food Security Group. He joined the department in December 2014 under the Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa (GISAIA) grant. His research focuses on agricultural productivity and poverty reduction strategies in Africa and the human dimensions of environmental and natural resource change. His present work examines policy interventions that could promote agricultural productivity growth and employment creation in Africa. Felix previous work employed mixed-methods and interdisciplinary approaches to examine perceptions and preferences of stakeholders at various levels of policy/program design to improve policy outcomes. His research and scholarship has been successfully applied in various contexts including informing institutional strategies for solid waste recycling and energy conservation at MSU, State of Michigan’s effort to reduce non point source pollution in the Great Lakes, and poverty alleviation strategies involving conditional cash transfers in Ghana.

Leo Zulu Department: Geography
Countries/Research: Malawi; Zambia; Sierra; Leone; Kenya; Southern Africa
Email: zulu(at)

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Biography: Research Interests: Political ecology; environment and development; community-based natural resources management in rural Africa; deforestation; food security; socio-spatial; temporal and biophysical processes of land use and land cover change in Africa and the techniques that permit their examination including Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; and vulnerability and adaptation of rural communities in southern Africa to climate change.