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Graduate Program

African Studies graduate students pursue their degrees in departments integrated with the IAS, particularly the departments of Anthropology, Art History, French, English, History, and Religion.

In a supportive and collaborative environment, our graduates have published articles, award-winning books, garnered prestigious awards and assembled for seminars on critical discussions by faculty, students and visiting scholars.

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you should contact faculty within discrete departments. You are also welcome to contact the Institute Director, Professor Subha Xavier.

Our Graduate Student Community

Hugo Bujon, '22, French, Rutgers

Miriam Kilimo, '22, Anthropology,  James Madison University

Daniel Thompson, '19, Anthropology, University of California, Merced

Marion Tricoire,'19, French, Grinnell College

Parcells, Ashley, '18, History, Jacksonville University

Julianna Blair Watson, '18, French, Santa Clara University

Graham, Aubrey, '16, Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University

Hannaford, Dinah, '14, International Studies, Texas A&M

Moskowitz, Kara, '14, History, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Rosenthal, Jill, '14, History, Hunter College

Dinani, Husseina, '13, History, University of Toronto at Scarborough

Hellman, Amanda, '13, Director, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Pariser, Robyn, '13, Bolt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Rogers, Amanda, '13, Fellow, The Century Foundation

Nzewi, Ugochukwu-Smooth, '13, The Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator in Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art

Gerschultz, Jessica, '12African Art, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas

McCullers, Molly L., '12, History, University of West Georgia

Musoni, Francis, '12, History, University of Kentucky

Domingues da Silva, Daniel B., '11, History, Rice University

Collier, Delinda, '10, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Gbadegbesin, Olubukola, '10, Fine and Performing Arts, Saint Louis University

Hooper, Jane, '10, History and Art History, George Mason University

Maes, Kenneth, '10, Anthropology, Oregon State University

Misevich, Phillip, '09, History, St. John's University

Arrington, Andrea, '08, History, Indiana State

Dacres, Petrina, '08, Art History, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (Jamaica)

Mathis, Sarah, '08, Anthropology, University of the Pacific

Negwo, Assefa, '08, Director of Research and Publications, Wollo University

Ngugi, Charles, '08, Journalism and Communication, University of Nairobi

Willis, Thabiti, '08, History, Carleton College

Davidson, Joanna, '07, Anthropology, Boston University

Decker, Alicia, '07, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Mains, Daniel, '07, Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

Stephenson, Jessica, '06, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Design, Kennesaw State

Lindland, Eric, '05, Fellow, Frameworks Institute



McGovern, Michael, '04, Anthropology, University of Michigan

Okeke-Agulu, Chika, '04, Art History, Princeton University

Shumway, Rebecca, '04, History, College of Charleston

Salo, Elaine, '04, Women & Gender Studies, University of Delaware (deceased)

Straker, James D., '04, Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines

Morton, Elizabeth, '03, African Art, Associate Professor of Art History, Department Chair, Curator of the Eric Dean and Greg Huebner Art Galleries, Wabash College

Klemm, Peri, '02, Fine Arts Department, California State University, Northridge

Thompson, Krista, '02, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art History, Northwestern University



Sanyal, Sunanda, '00, Art History & Critical Studies, Lesley University

Livingstone, Julie, '01, History, New York University

Margulis, Jennifer, '99, Journalist and Writer

Smith, Daniel Jordan, '99, Anthropology, Brown University


Ephirim-Dankor, Anthony, '94, Africana Studies, Binghamton University, SUNY

Ernst-Luseno, Heidi, Filmmaker, Atlanta 

Mbajekwe, Patrick U., History, Norfolk State University