Princeton University's Program in African Studies is one of the most diverse in the nation. Truly an inter-disciplinary program, faculty from the humanities and social, natural, and engineering sciences play an active role in teaching and advising research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The undergraduate plan of study typically commences with an introductory course that explores African issues from many perspectives and ends with a colloquium where students share their senior research with peers and faculty. In between these "bookends," students select coursework and design programs that can be as broad or as focused as their individual interests. Similarly, African studies at the Ph.D. level are pursued as an integral part of an individual’s course of study in a regular academic department. Study abroad opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels include research, field work, and outreach.

On campus, the program offers a series of lunchtime research seminars and an Indaba--a breakfast meeting where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa takes place. It also sponsors a variety of other types of scholarly and cultural activities, many of which are initiated by its undergraduate student organization, Akwaaba, or its association of graduate students, Thingira.

Much is happening in Africa today and Princeton's Program in African Studies offers many exciting ways to explore the social, environmental, and political issues affecting Africa and the African diaspora.

Princeton in Africa

The Program in African Studies strongly encourages concentrators to study in Africa. Through a collaborative undertaking between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Program in African Studies, the School of Engineering, and Kenyan institutions, Princeton University offers a spring semester in Kenya for juniors, "Tropical Biology in Kenya." Princeton also has linkage with the University of Cape Town to enable undergraduate study in South Africa for a semester or a year. Students are also welcome to study at other African universities, including Rhodes University, where an approved summer course is offered.

In addition, students interested in working in Africa for either a year after graduation or during a summer can apply to Princeton in Africa for internships. Princeton in Africa, an independent support organization of the University, was established in 2000 and seeks to encourage American/African collaboration, to provide effective assistance to the world's most underserved continent, and to create a constituency committed to the emergence of Africa as a full partner in the developed world.

Princeton in Africa

2014 Certificate Recipients

Miriam Araya, Department of Sociology
Remember Where You Came From: A Study of Eritrean Transnational Organizations
Senior Thesis Advisor: Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

Margaret Cochrane, Department of Anthropology
An Examination of the Social Construct of Environmental Conservation and the Influence of Authority on its Development in Northern Tanzania
Senior Thesis Advisor:  John Borneman

Yasmin Dagne, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Prospects for a Just and Lasting Peace: The Case of Sudan
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Gary Bass

Rashidat Emiola, Department of English
Seeing is Believing: Power and the Occult in Nigerian Christian Video Films
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Simon Gikandi

Ariana Gover-Chamlou, Department of Politics
Political Attitudes of Vulnerable Populations: A Comparative Study of General and HIV-Positive Populations in Sierra Leone
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Evan Lieberman

Matthew Gwin, Department of Psychology
Ujenzi Bora: A Behavioral System Analysis of the Adoption and Use of Interlocking StabilizedSoil Blocks for Homes in Kenya
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Elizabeth Paluck

Jessica Haley, Department of Anthropology
Sustaining (Female) Circumcision
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Rena Lederman

Valarie Hansen, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
The Effect of State Killing of Civilians on Anti-State Violence: Case Studies of Syria & Nigeria
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Jacob Shapiro

Ademisola Ijidakinro, Department of Politics
Bring Them Home:  Factors Influencing Diaspora Return for Capacity-Building Initiatives
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Jennifer Widner

Samuel Lazerwitz, Department of History
The Mtoro’s Nearest Woods:  Resistance,   Testimony, and Empire in the British Consular Court in Zanzibar, 1877-1879
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Hendrik Hartog

Kosaluchi Nwokeneche-Mmegwa, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Value for Money: Evaluating the Competitiveness and Effectiveness of Ghana’s FDI Promotion Policies
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Jeffrey Hammer

Imani Oliver, Department of Psychology
Each One, Reach One, Teach One: A Supplementary Analysis of Northern Kenyan Teaching Practices According to Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Theory
(Thesis Supplement)
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Elizabeth Paluck

Mireille Pichette, Department of Politics
Electoral Management Bodies: Their Effectiveness in an African Perspective
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Leonard Wantchekon

Anjali Prasad, Department of French and Italian
Life in the Banlieue: Algerian Immigration and Assimilation in Paris
(Supplemental Paper)

Victoria Seyoum, Department of Politics
Blood Ivory: The Politics of Wildlife Crime in Sub-Saharan Africa
Senior Thesis Advisor:  Leonard Wantchekon

Amy Tourgee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Possible Mechanisms Underlying N Fixer Distribution Patterns Across African Savanna and Forest Biomes
(Supplemental Paper)

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