Carolyn RouseCarolyn 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.



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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.
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
Andrew Dobson Hannah Essien (sits with Committee) is a lecturer  with the Program in African Studies and the Arabic Language Program. She comes to Princeton University from Indiana University, where she was an instructor of Twi language and Akan culture in the Department of African Studies. Eissen has also  taught English at the Ghana Institute of Languages; and Arabic at the University of Ghana, the Summer Cooperative African Languages Institute at Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois.  Ph.D. Indiana 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.
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.

George Philander

Dan Rubenstein is a behavioral ecologist who studies how environmental variation and individual differences shape social behavior, social structure, sex roles and the dynamics of populations. He is the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, former chair of Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Program in African Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1977 before receiving NSF-NATO and King's College Junior Research Fellowships for post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University. He is an elected fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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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