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

2013 Certificate Recipients

Kathleen Eva Brite, Politics
“We Stand Together”: Women’s Mobilization and Government Partnership towards Domestic Violence Policy in Angola and Mozambique; Tali Mendelberg

David Chen, Woodrow Wilson School
Justice for “Big Men”: Political Competition, Weak States, and the Determinants of Judicial Independence in Sub-Saharan Africa; Jennifer Widner

Ashley Elizabeth Eberhart, Politics
A Declaration of Dissent: Political Interests, Entrepreneurship Policy, and Innovation in Emerging Markets, 2005–2012; Evan Lieberman

Nava Michelle Friedman, Religion
Choosing to be Chosen: Religious Identity among the New Jews of Uganda; Judith L. Weisenfeld

Maya Alena Gainer, Politics
Ballots Across Borders: Refugee Participation in Post-Conflict Elections; Jennifer Widner

Daniel Zev Gastfriend, Woodrow Wilson School
Improving Agricultural Extension: Lessons Learned from the Clinton Development Initiative Anchor Farm Program; Angus Stewart Deaton

Tamara Bonnie Glazer, Politics
The Ghanaian Street Child Crisis in the Context of Political Decentralization; Leonard Wantchekon

Alexandra Delaplaine Green, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assessing Water Quality in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Development and Defense
of the Water Quality Inde
x; Eric Wood

Moses Icyishaka, Politics
European Settlement and Independence Movements in Africa: Mapping a Critical Juncture; Carles Boix

Amber Jenae Jackson, Sociology
She’s Got Body: An Examination of the Socio-cultural Origins of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Pre-Colonial Yorubaland; King-to Yeung

Heidi Harris Robbins, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesviruses in African Elephants and Detection by Saliva Sampling; Andrea Linn Graham

Stefanie Jada Siller, Anthropology
Kuhifadhi Mazingira: Cultivating Conservation Knowledge in Rural Kenyan Schools, Clubs, and Communities; Janet Marie Monge

Madeleine Ann Woodle, Politics
“Inspiring New Ways”: Democratic Consolidation in South Africa; Leonard Wantchekon


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