Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Faculty

Faculty Member Position Research Interests
Belinda Archibong Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Barnard College
development economics, political economy and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the origins, drivers and effects of inequality of access to public services (particularly infrastructure, education and measures of public health). Some current work includes studying the persistent effects of historical institutions and geography on access to public services in Nigeria.
Séverine Autesserre Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Barnard College
Peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international aid, and African civil wars, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Yvette Christiansë Professor of English and Africana Studies
Department of English
Barnard College
English colonies (with an emphasis on South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia); narratives of African Diaspora; 20th Century African American Literatures; poetics and creative writing; the nexus between theories of race and gender, class and postcoloniality
Zoe Crossland Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Arts and Sciences
semiotic archaeology and archaeologies of death and the body; historical archaeology and archaeology of the contemporary past; focusing particularly on nodes of controversy where conflicting sets of beliefs and practices converge; how negotiations and conflict between actors are mediated through material conditions; Madagascar
Souleymane Bachir Diagne Professor of French and Philosophy
Department of French and Romance Philology
Arts and Sciences
History of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature
Mamadou Diouf Leitner Family Professor of African Studies
MESAAS
Urban, political, social and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa.
Madeleine Dobie Associate Professor of French
Department of French and Romance Philology
Arts and Sciences
French colonialism and orientalism; francophone literature of the Maghreb and Caribbean, Islam and/in Europe; Eighteenth-Century French literature and culture
Abosede George Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Department of History
Barnard College
women's history; urban history; the history of childhood in Africa; the study of gender and sexuality in African History; and the history of development work in Africa
Kaiama Glover Associate Professor of French
Department of French and Romance Philology
Barnard College
Francophone literature and post-colonial studies
Macartan Humphreys Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Arts and Sciences
political economy of development; African politics; ethnic politics; democratic developments; methodology
Kellie Jones Associate Professor
Department of Art History and Archaeology
Arts and Sciences
African American, African Diaspora, and Latin American art
Kimuli Kasara Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Columbia University
Comparative Politics; Democracy, Autocracy, and Regime Change; Contemporary African Politics; Religion and Politics; Agrarian Politics in sub-Saharan Africa
Kai Kresse Associate Professor
MESAAS
African philosophy and intellectual history; social theory; intercultural philosophy; the study of texts in social contexts; Swahili genres of poetry and rhetoric; Islam and Muslim debates in East Africa; African literature; and social connectivity across the Western Indian Ocean
Brian Larkin Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars
Department of Anthropology
Barnard College
ethnography and history of media in Nigeria; religious, social, and cultural changes induced by technology; networked infrastructures and forms of political rule, urban spaces, and cultural life
Mahmood Mamdani Herbert Lehman Professor of Government
Departments of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Arts and Sciences
intersection between politics and culture; a comparative study of colonialism since 1452; the history of civil war and genocide in Africa; the Cold War and the War on Terror; and the history and theory of human rights

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Faculty Publications

Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal
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Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual
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