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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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Carolyn Logan Department: Political Science
Countries/Research: Kenya; Uganda; Somalia; South Africa; Rwanda; Lesotho
Email: clogan(at)

Marsha Macdowell Department: Art & Art History
Email: macdowel(at)

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Biography: I received my B.F.A, M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and have been employed as a curator since 1977 at the Michigan State University Museum. There, in addition to my curatorial activities, I have served as coordinator of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a state folk art partnership of the MSU Museum and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the founding director of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Within the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, I have taught courses (including summer abroad programs), regularly lectured in art history courses, and co-founded the MSU Museum Studies program where I have served as interim director, coordinator of internships, E-newsle tter editor, and as chair of the faculty advisory committee. I have curated over 30 exhibitions, some local and some international; those of note include ones at the Smithsonian Institution, American Fol k Art Museum (NYC), Nelson Mandela Museum, and many at the Michigan State University Museum. Currently I am invited curator for a national touring exhibition that will feature the recipients of the National Heritage Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts’ highest award for artists in this country. I have served in many different professional service capacities in the museum, folklore, and quilt study field, including the following: founding and current editor, H-Quilts; founding board member, The Alliance for American Quilts; past-president, American Quilt Study Group; current elected member of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society; current member, international editorial board for Museum Anthropology; and current member, international program planning board for the 2011 South African Visual Art s Historians (SAVAH) Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) Colloquium at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Charles MacKenzie Department: Pathology & Diagnostic Investigation CVM
Countries/Research: Cameroon; Kenya; Sudan; Tanzania; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Ghana
Email: Mackenz8(at)

Leapetswe Malete Department: Education- Kinesiology
Email: maletele(at)

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Biography: Leapetswe Malete’s teaching and research interests focus on international dimensions of youth psychosocial development through sport and physical activity, self-efficacy and athletic performance. He is also interested in physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity, and the global and cultural dimensions of sport and exercise psychology more broadly. His other interests are international higher education partnerships and development.

Rebecca Malouin Department: Family Medicine
Countries/Research: Niger; Malawi
Email: rebecca.malouin(at)

Nicole Mason Department: Ag, Food & Resource Economics
Email: masonn(at)

Ruth Mbabazi Department: Entomology
Email: mbabazi(at)

William McConnell Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Countries/Research: Mali; Madagascar; Kenya
Email: mcconn64(at)

Joseph Messina Department: Act. Dir. Global Change & Earth Observation
Countries/Research: Kenya; Tanzania; Malawi
Email: jpm(at)

John Metzler Department: African Studies Ctr
Countries/Research: Zambia; Zimbabwe
Email: metzler(at)

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Biography: John Metzler has directed outreach programming for the African Studies Center since 1987. In this capacity he has worked with K-16 educators in Michigan, throughout the Midwest, and nationally on effectively integrating African humanities and social sciences into their curricula. Issues of peace, justice, human rights, and socio-economic development are central in these endeavors. John holds an adjunct position in the MSU Department of Teacher Education. In this capacity he has worked closely with the under-graduate pre-service global cohort program that seeks to engage students the integration of global themes across the teaching curriculum. Since 1993 John as co-led or led a six-credit summer study abroad program in Southern Africa Education, Society and Learning in Southern Africa. This program intentionally addresses issues of peace, justice, and human rights through its curriculum and by engaging students in service-learning projects. John has worked in Southern and Eastern Africa since 1972 and earned his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.