News Archive

On Friday, May 5, 2023, AFR celebrated its graduates in the annual donning of the Kente Cloth Ceremony.

Congratulations to all the 2023 graduates!


  • Alexander Enoch
  • Amelia Dodoo
  • Christopher Thomas
  • Lans Conteh
  • Olivia Karschner


  • Isabel Ameer






This is a photograph of African Studies faculty, affiliates and graduate students at the close of the African Studies Retreat on 8/14/2023 at the Graduate Hotel in State College.

African Studies own Dr. Yael Warshel publishes new article exploring, “So-called firsts scored by the Moroccan ‘Muslim, Arab, African, post-colonial’ and Amazigh Atlas Lions at the 2022 World Cup football games,” that is out now in the Journal of North African Studies, 28(2), 219-229.

DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2023.2172783


“Edwin Sabuhoro, assistant professor of recreation, park, and tourism management and African studies, has been named the Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health.

Sabuhoro’s research focuses on providing evidence-based data to community leaders, park managers, and policymakers in East Africa’s Virunga area (at the geographic intersection of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Serengeti ecosystem area (Tanzania and Kenya). These data, including information related to health, food, education, and finances, help leaders and policymakers make informed decisions on the physical and economic health of their communities and the wildlife areas that surround them…”

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PSU News article

This month Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters is publishing Decolonial Voices, Language and Race edited by Sinfree Makoni, Magda Madany-Saá, Bassey E. Antia and Rafael Lomeu Gomes. In this post the editors explain how the book came together and introduce the new series that it’s part of, Global Forum on Southern Epistemologies.

This book is based on a series of individual interviews with some of the most original thinkers and scholars who have researched the areas of decoloniality, language, race, and Southern Epistemologies. It gives insight into how the seasoned authors have written about these topics and documents their interaction with the editors of the book and the participants of the Global Virtual Forum. Apart from the five conversational chapters, the book contains a Foreword (by Prof. Alastair Pennycook), an Introduction in which the co-editors present personal vignettes and methodological reflections about the production of the volume, and an Epilogue authored by co-editor Prof. Bassey E. Antia. This book is part of the Global Virtual Forum, which is an open and politically engaged virtual space.

Congratulations to Olusegun Soetan,  assistant teaching professor of African studies, who is featured in this week’s edition of the Penn State’s Creative Arts Journal. Check it out here: Africa In Cinema: A Q&A with Penn State Professor Olusegun Soetan

Congratulations to Tembi Charles, dual doctoral candidate in comparative literature and African studies, who was awarded the Africana Research Center Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tembi is currently completing her time as pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Humanities and Information. She was awarded this fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year to work on her project entitled “Sonic Informatics: ‘Processing’ the Ethnicized Soundscape in Zimbabwean Migrant Fiction” .

Gregory Jenkins, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, geography, and African studies, had his research spotlighted in the Penn State News article, “African dust crosses the Atlantic”.

“We are looking at how much dust is being transported into West Africa in the winter and across the Atlantic in the summer,” said Dr. Jenkins. “In the winter, it is low in the atmosphere and in the summer, it is higher in the atmosphere. Dust has an impact, especially on health.”

Kristina Douglass, assistant professor of anthropology and African studies, had her research spotlighted in the Penn State News article, “Surviving in Place: Environmental Archeology in Madagascar”.

Working across disciplines and involving community members as equal partners, Kristina Douglass seeks to understand the dynamics of a remarkable place — how humans have managed to survive here despite a constantly changing climate. And how, over 2,000 years, human adaptation has in turn altered the landscape.

Bronwen Powell’s research spotlighted in Penn State News article, “Researchers find direct links between deforestation and reduced dietary quality“.

Bronwen Powell, assistant professor of geography, African studies and anthropology at Penn State co-authored the study. Powell has conducted nutritional research in Tanzania for more than a decade, and her doctoral work helped to lay the groundwork for the current study.