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Affiliated Faculty

African and Middle Eastern Languages

Kwame Assenyoh

Research Interests: Akan Language and Culture, Twi, Ewe, and Ga Languages, Translation
Countries of Study: Ghana

Khalil Barhoum

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests: Arabic Language and Linguistics, Arabic Calligraphy, Arab Culture and Literature
Countries of Study: Egypt

Samuel Mukoma

Research Interests: Swahili Language and Linguistics, Swahili Literature and Culture
Countries of Study: Kenya

Ramzi Salti

Research Interests: Arabic Language and Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Arabic Pop Culture

Stanford University Medical Center

Niaz Banaei

Niaz Banaei

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Clinical Pathology, Mycobacterium Infections, Clinical Laboratory Techniques, Infectious Diseases Diagnostics
Countries of Study: South Africa

Benjamin Pinsky

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Clinical Pathology, Virology, Molecular Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Countries of Study: Zimbabwe

Department of History

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Joel Cabrita

Susan Ford Dorsey Director, Center for African Studies
Research Interests: History, Postcolonial Theory, Religion, Media and Marginality in Africa
Countries of Study: South Africa, Swaziland

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Toussaint Nothias

Toussaint Nothias

Research Scholar
Research Interests: Journalism, Media Representations of Africa, Social and Digital Media in Africa, Media and Conflict, Postcolonial Theory, ICT for Development
Countries of Study: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa

African Studies

Joel Samoff

Adjunct Professor
Research Interests: African Politics, Foreign Aid, Political Development and Modernization, Politics and Education
Countries of Study: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


William Durham

Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Biological Anthropology, Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology, Cultural Evolution, Conservation and Community Development, Indigenous Resource Management, Environmental Issues, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Public Health

Paulla Ebron

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Africa and the Diaspora, Tropical Africa, Comparative Cultural Studies, Discourses of Identity, Nationalism, Performance, Gender, and Social History of the Tropics
Countries of Study: Gambia

Duana Fullwiley

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Social Identities, Health Disparities and Outcomes, Molecular Genetics in West Africa, Global Health Politics, Africanist, Medical, and Economic Anthropology, Environmental Resource Scarcity as a Source of Ethnic Conflict
Countries of Study: Senegal

Richard Klein

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor
Research Interests: Paleoanthropology, Interrelation of Cultural, Biological, and Environmental Change in Human Evolution, Reconstruction of Environment, Ecology, and Human Behavior From Animal Remains in Archeological Sites
Countries of Study: South Africa

Liisa Malkki

Research Interests: Historical Anthropology, Mass Displacement and Exile, Racial Essentialism and Political Violence, Ethics of Humanitarian Aid, Nationalism and Internationalism, Gender and Imperial Power, Historical Consciousness and Memory
Countries of Study: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania

Lynn Meskell

Research Interests: Archaeological Theory, Ethnography, UNESCO World Heritage, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Archaeology, Identity and Sociopolitics, Embodiment, Postcolonial and Feminist Theory, Heritage Ethics, Tourism
Countries of Study: Egypt, South Africa

Krish Seetah

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Indian Ocean World, Zooarchaeology, Human-Animal Relationship, Colonialism, Trasition from Slavery to Indentured Labor, Diversity of Trade, Environmental Consequences of Monoculture Agriculture
Countries of Study: Mauritius

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Alexandria Boehm

Research Interests: Coastal Water Quality, Sanitation, Human and Ecosystem Health, Interventions and Technologies for Reducing the Burden of Infectious Disease
Countries of Study: Kenya, South Africa

Jenna Davis

Asssociate Professor
Research Interests: Intersection of Health, Economic Development, and Environmental Protection, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery in Developing Countries, Infrastructure Planning
Countries of Study: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania

Oliver Fringer

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Numerical Models and High-Performance Computational Techniques Applied to the Study of Flows and Waste Transport in the Environment
Countries of Study: Kenya, South Africa


Grant Parker

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Latin, Roman Imperial Culture, Geography, Historical Maps, Memorialization and Public History, Classical Reception
Countries of Study: Egypt, South Africa

Comparative Literature

Vincent Barletta

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Lusophone Studies, Portuguese Language and Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures, Empire and Humanism; Linguistic Anthropology, Literature and Philosophy
Countries of Study: Angola, Mozambique


Pascaline Dupas

Assistant Professor and Center Fellow at Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research
Research Interests: Development, Applied Microeconomics, Health, Education and Saving


Martin Carnoy

Vida Jacks Professor of Education
Research Interests: Economics of Education, Economics of Human Resources, Political Economy, Economic Development, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Educational Systems Evaluation
Countries of Study: Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia

Shelley Goldman

Research Interests: Family Issues, Qualitative Research Methods, Anthropology and Education, Learning Design, Mathematics Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Parental Involvement, Educational Equity, Technology in Teaching and Learning, Elementary Education, Ethnography

Electrical Engineering

Bruce Lusignan

Associate Professor, Emeritus


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Ato Quayson

Research Interests: Multinational, Postcolonial, and Comparative Literature, Diasporic and Transnational Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, Urban Studies
Countries of Study: Ghana, Nigeria

Vaughn Rasberry

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: African American Literature, Global Cold War Culture, the European Enlightenment and Its Critics, Postcolonial Theory, and Philosophical Theories of Modernity

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Marcel Fafchamps

Senior Fellow
Research Interests: Economic Development, Market Institutions, Social Networks

French and Italian

Jean-Marie Apostolid├Ęs

Research Interests: French and Francophone African Theater and Literature

Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi

Professor Emerita
Research Interests: 20th Century French Literature, Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean, Contacts of Cultures, Travel Writing, History and Memory in Literature
Countries of Study: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Mata Seck

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Francophone African and Caribbean Studies, Political Economy, Postcolonial Theory, Italian, French
Countries of Study: Senegal

Graduate School of Business

Katherine Casey

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Interactions Between Economic and Political Forces in Developing Countries, Including the Impact of Government Reforms and External Interventions on Institutional Strength and Economic Growth
Countries of Study: Comoros, Madagascar, Sierra Leone


Joel Beinin

Donald J. McLachlan Professor
Research Interests: Egyptian Social and Labor History, Contemporary History of Palestine, Palestinian-Israeli Relations, Empire and Culture in Settler Societies
Countries of Study: Egypt, Morocco

James T Campbell

Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History
Research Interests: African American History, South Africa, African American Journeys to Africa From the Mid 18th Century to 2005

J.P. Daughton

J. P. Daughton

Associate Professor of Modern European History
Research Interests: Modern Europe and European Imperialism, Political, Cultural, and Social History, History of Humanitarianism

Gabrielle Hecht

Gabrielle Hecht

Professor of History, Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute
Research Interests: African Anthropocene, Technology In Colonial And Postcolonial Settings, Labor History And Anthropology, Environmental Governance, Toxic Waste, Resource Extraction And Commodity Capitalism, Science And Technology Studies, Discard Studies.
Countries of Study: Gabon, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger, South Africa

Steven Press

Steven Press

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Modern Europe, Transnational, International, and Global History, European Sovereignty, International Relations, Commodity Networks

Richard Roberts

Frances and Charles Field Professor of History
Research Interests: The Social History of Law in Colonial Africa, Persistence of Local African Industries, French Colonial Policy, End of Slavery
Countries of Study: Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia

Human Biology

Anne Firth Murray

Consulting Professor
Research Interests: Economics, Public Administration, Political Science. Former Writer for UN and Founding President of the Global Fund for Women

Robert Siegal

Research Interests: Infectious Disease (HIV and Malaria), International Health, Medical and Health Education
Countries of Study: Tanzania


Jonathan Greenberg

Research Interests: International and Civil Conflict: History, Dynamics, Resolution


Joan Bresnan

Sadie Dernham Patek Professor Emerita in Humanities at Stanford University
Research Interests: Bantu Languages, Australian Aboriginal Languages, Optimality Theories of Linguistics

John Rickford

Research Interests: Pidgin and Creole Languages, Variation and Change in Language, Especially as Conditional by Social Class, Ethnicity, and Style, African American English, and Its African and Other Sources, as Well as Its Educational and Political Implications

Microbiology and Immunology

John Boothroyd

Research Interests: Malaria, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Parasitic Protozoa

Political Science

David Abernethy

Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa, Rise and Fall of European Overseas Empires

Coit D Blacker

Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute, Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor in International Studies
Research Interests: Soviet/Russian Foreign Policy and Security Policy, U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Policy; National and International Security Relations

Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Research Interests: Comparative Problems of Democratic Development and Consolidation, U.S. and International Policies to Promote Democracy and Foster Development, Democratic Consolidation in Taiwan, in Comparative Perspective, Democratic Transitions and Prospects in Africa
Countries of Study: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa

James Fearon

Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Research Interests: Civil and Interstate War, Ethnic Conflict

David Laitin

James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor
Research Interests: Ethnic Conflict, Comparative Politics, Political Culture, Language, Religion, and National Identities
Countries of Study: Somalia

Terry Lynn Karl

Research Interests: New Democracies, The Politics of Oil-Exporting Countries, Human Rights, Comparative Politics, Especially Comparative Democratization, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule, Civil Wars and Human Rights in All Regions
Countries of Study: Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, South Africa

Stephen J Stedman

Freeman Spogli Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and FSI, Affiliated Member of CISAC, and Professor of Political Science
Research Interests: International Organizations and Global Security, Civil Wars, Mediation, Conflict Prevention, and Peacekeeping

Jeremy Weinstein

Associate Professor of Political Science, Freeman Spogli Institute Senior Fellow
Research Interests: Civil War, Ethnic Politics, Political Economy of Development, Africa

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Hugh Brent Solvason

Clinical Associate Professor
Research Interests: Medication Strategies for Reducing Cognitive Impairment, Treatment Resistant Depression, Strategies to Normalize the Stress Hormone Axis in Individuals with Depression Unresponsive to Extensive Pharmacologic and Psychological Treatments

Cheryl Koopman

Research Interests: Survivors of a Variety of Stressful Events, Including Political and Interpersonal Violence, Natural Disasters and Serious Illness

Daryn Reicherter

Clinical Associate Professor
Research Interests: Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Psychopharmacology

School of Medicine

Michelle Barry

Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Professor of Medicine, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute
Research Interests: Global Health Workforce, Clinical Tropical Medicine, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Problems of Underserved Populations and Globalizations Impact Upon Health in the Developing World
Countries of Study: Eritrea, Liberia, South Africa, Uganda

Eran Bendavid

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Using Methods from Several Disciplines, Including Political Science, Economics and Epidemiology, To Study the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries

Brian Blackburn

Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Parasitology and International Health, Vehicle Borne Diseases in Refugees, the Distribution of Insecticide Treated Bednets to Prevent Mosquito Borne Diseases Like Malaria and Filiarisis
Countries of Study: Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria

Ellen Jo Baron

Professor of Pathology, Emerita
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Infectious Diseases
Countries of Study: Kenya

David Katzenstein

Professor (Research) of Medicine (Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine)
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Therapy and the Consequences of Global Pandemics
Countries of Study: Zimbabwe

Desiree LaBeaud

Desiree LaBeaud

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Arboviral Infections, Rift Valley Fever, Chikungunya Virus, Dengue Virus, Epidemiology
Countries of Study: Kenya

Mary Lake Polan

Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine, Emerita
Research Interests: Public Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Countries of Study: Eritrea

Yvonne Maldonado

Professor of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Polio, Measles, Epidemiology of Perinatal HIV Infection in Infants

Julie Parsonnet

George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy
Research Interests: Long-Term Consequences of Chronic Interactions Between the Human Host and the Microbial World, Diarrheal Diseases in the Developing World, and Sanitation and Hygiene
Countries of Study: Gambia