Daniel I. Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology; professor and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and director of the Program in African Studies. Rubenstein's research focuses on decision making by animals: how an individual's foraging, mating, and social behavior are influenced by its phenotype, ecological circumstances, and the actions of other individuals in the population. Searching for general principles that underlie complex patterns of behavior, he develops mathematical models to generate predictions that can be tested using data gathered from structured field observations or experimental manipulations. His most recent research on the adaptive value of behavior has centered on understanding the social dynamics of equids—horses, zebras, and asses. Ongoing research awards include Water, Savannas, and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa and Technology for the Developing Regions, both funded by PIIRS; Oxford-Princeton Partnership Development: Tracking Animals for Conservation; and grants from the National Science Foundation for improvements at the Mpala Research Center in Kenya, and for collaborative research. Ph.D Duke University, 1988.

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Christiana Agawu is a sociologist with international development experience in education, health, and the environment, who has taught at the university level in the United States and in Ghana. She joined the faculty of the Program in African Studies in 2009 and in fall 2013 she will teach AFS 303, “Social Structure in Africa: Responses to Contemporary Socio-Political and Economic Forces since Independence,” for the Program in African Studies. Ph.D. Cornell University.

Executive Committee

Kofi Agawu V. Kofi Agawu is a professor of music in the field of musicology and music theory.  His research interests include music analysis and West African music.  Ph.D. Stanford University.
Jeanne Altmann Jeanne Altmann (Sits with Committee) is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, emeritus. Her interests include animal behavior and physiology.  Her research deals with life history approaches to behavioral ecology and  nonexperimental research design, most of which has been carried out on the baboons of Amboseli National Park, Kenya.  Ph.D. University of Chicago.
Wendy Belcher Wendy Laura Belcher is an associate professor of African literature in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies.  She specializes in early African literature, with a focus on the circulation of African thought in Europe and England before the nineteenth century. Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles.
Andre Benhaim André Benhaïm is an associate professor of French and Italian. His main areas of research and teaching are 20th-century French prose literature and culture and Francophone literature and culture from North Africa and the Mediterranean.  Ph.D. Emory University.
Anne Case Anne C. Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, acting director for the Center for Health and Wellbeing.  Her research interests include microeconomic foundations of development, health economics, public finance, and labor economics.  Ph.D. Princeton University.
Kelly K. Caylor is an assistant professor of civial and environmental engineering. His research interests include land degradation and surface-water balance partitioning; geophysical methods for soil moisture and vegetation characterization; optimal vegetation organization for drylands;accompanying root systems within water-limited landscapes; catchment ecohydrology of drylands; and couplings between biogeochemistry, plants, and water. Ph.D. University of Virginia.
Andrew Dobson Andrew P. Dobson is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.  His research is concerned with the population ecology of infectious diseases and the conser­vation of endangered and threatened species. He has studied infectious diseases in a variety of endangered and fragile ecosystems. Ph. D. Oxford University
Simon Gikandi

Simon E. Gikandi is the Robert Schirmer Professor of English. His major fields of research and teaching are the anglophone literatures and cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and postcolonial Britain; the “Black” Atlantic; and the African diaspora. Ph.D. Northwestern University.

Emmanuel Kreike

Emmanuel H. Kreike is a professor of history. His research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of war/violence/population movements, environment, and society. He is particularly interested in how violence (including, for example, colonial conquest, the apartheid wars, slave raiding) and ensuing forced migration led to the destruction of human landscapes and how people rebuild lives and livelihoods in often alien environments.  Ph.D. Yale University.

Mahiri Mwita

Mahiri Mwita (Sits with Committee) is a lecturer affiliated with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.  His research interests include culture-based interventions in counseling and education, authentic cultural performances and interactions in the African language classroom, internet and emerging technologies in African language pedagogy, and literary criticism and creative writing in Kiswahili.  Ph.D. University of Dar es Salaam.

Nick Nesbitt F. Nick Nesbitt is a professor of French and Italian and associate chair of the Department of French and Italian. His work in Francophone studies focuses on the intellectual history of the black Atlantic world. Ph.D. Harvard University.
Chika Okeke-Agula

Chika Okeke-Agulu is an assistant professor of art and archaeology and African American Studies. He specializes on classical, modern, and contemporary African and African diaspora art history and theoryPh.D. Emory University.

Tullis Onstott Tullis C. Onstott is a professor of geosciences. His research focus includes the transport of bacteria and other microorganisms in the subsurface, and the activ­ity and survival of bacteria and other microorganisms in the subsurface and their impact on the geochemistry and mineralogy of their environment.  Ph.D. Princeton University.
Eliizabeth Levy Paluck Elizabeth Levy Paluck is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs. Her research examines conflict reduction and political behavior, using large-scale field experiments in the United States and in central and horn of Africa. Ph.D. Yale University.
George Philander

S. George H. Philander is the Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences.  His research interests include interactions between the ocean and at­mosphere and their role in climate fluctuations and climate changes. He is particularly interested in El Niño, a phenomenon that brings droughts to the western tropical Pacific, torrential rains to the eastern tropical Pacific, and unusual weather patterns to much of the globe. Ph.D. Harvard University.

Carolyn Rouse

Carolyn M. Rouse is a professor of anthropology and african american studies.  Her research focuses on why people accept systems.  Her fieldwork focuses on four domains; religion, medicine, education, and development of inequality. Ph.D. University of Southern California.

Winston Soboyejo

Winston O. Soboyejo is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.  He conducts experimental and theoretical research of the mechanical properties of materials. His current work focuses on the deformation, adhesion, fatigue, and fracture of thin films, biomaterials, and heterogeneous materials. He is also interested in the design of biomedical devices and biomolecular sensors for disease detection. Ph.D. Cambridge University.

  James W. Weinberger (Sits with Committee) is the Near East Curator and African Studies selector for Firestone Library.
JJennifer Widner

Jennifer Widner is a professor of Politics and international affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, and the director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.  Her research focuses on problems of democratization, law,and development, with special attention to sub-Saharan Africa.  Ph.D. Yale University.


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