Benjamin Soares

Director, Center for Global Islamic Studies · University of Florida

Soares currently directs the project “Islam in Africa in Global Context.”

West Africa Christian-Muslim Relations Religion & Politics Islam and Muslim Studies Religion & Media

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, Ph.D., A.M., B.M.

Assistant Professor, Department of Music; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Communication; College of Arts and Sciences · UNC at Chapel Hill

An interdisciplinary scholar, Ndaliko studies arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa.

Ethnomusicology Black Atlantic Culture Social Engagement Sociopolitical Transformation Cultural Theory

Eric Gable

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology · University of Mary Washington

Dr. Gable is an expert on museum studies, heritage, and the religion and politics of West Africa and of Outer Island Indonesia.

Anthropology Museum Studies Heritage Religion and Politics of West Africa and Outer Island Indonesia

Margo Okazawa-Rey, EdD

Adjunct Faculty - School of Leadership Studies · Fielding Graduate University

Critical ethnic studies and gender studies; Militarism, conflict, and women’s activism; Social change; Mixed-racial identity development

Militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women Mixed-racial identity development African-American/Asian-American relations Critical multicultural education Feminist activist research methodology

Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow · The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Pulitzer prize finalist with a wealth of experience writing about global food issues, hunger, poverty and international affairs

Africa Food Policy Agriculture Poverty Transmedia

Candace Keller

Associate Professor of African Art and Visual Culture · Michigan State University

Candace M. Keller is an expert in African art and West African photography

West African Photography African Arts

Leonardo Villalon

Professor of Political Science · University of Florida

Leonardo A. Villalón is Dean of the International Center and Professor of Political Science and African Studies.

West Africa Post-Colonial Studies Economics Developing World Africa

John Aerni-Flessner

Assistant Professor of African History · Michigan State University

John Aerni-Flessner is a historian of 20th century Africa, specializing in the history of Lesotho and the history of the Lansing area.

Urban Renewal in Lansing Decolonization Development History Lesotho Southern African History

Erica Frantz

Assistant professor of political science · Michigan State University

Expert in dictatorships, autocratic rule, authoritarian politics, world conflict

Development Democratization Authoritarian Politics Conflict

Jennifer Burney

Associate Professor of Environmental Science · UC San Diego

Jennifer Burney's research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change.

Climate Impacts on Agriculture Science Energy Poverty Global Food Security Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Edward Walker

Professor of Entomology · Michigan State University

Edward Walker is an expert in emerging infectious diseases, landscape ecology and landscape risk analysis.

Landscape Risk Analysis Mosquitos Emerging Infectious Diseases Ladnscape Ecology

Robert Garry

Professor · Tulane University

Dr. Garry has published over 100 papers in the area of retrovirology

COVID-19 Pathology Lassa Fever Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Pathogenesis Ebola

Professor Mhairi Gibson

Professor in Anthropology · University of Bristol

Researching cultural traditions and norms and the associated harmful risks to health

Child Care Female Lifestyles Public Health Community Lifestyles FGM

Dr. Isabella Aboderin

Senior Research Scientist · Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford University

Dr. Aboderin is also Head of the Program on Aging and Development (APHRC) & Associate Prof of Gerontology at the University of Southampton.

Older Adult Rights Ageing Policy and Development Social Determinants of Health in Old Age Health Systems Access to Health Care

Yamlaksira Getachew, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business Administration · Loyola Marymount University

International Business International Business in Africa Strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) Institutional Voids and Their Implications for MNE Strategy and Performance

Amita Chudgar

Associate Professor of Education Policy · Michigan State University

Amita Chudgar's long-term interest focuses on ensuring that all learners have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities.

Education Policy Comparative and International Education Development and Education Economics and Education

Daniel Reboussin

African Studies Curator · University of Florida

Daniel Reboussin’s primary resource acquisitions have created a cluster of manuscripts on 20th century African wildlife conservation.

Rare Cultural Heritage Materials Relating to the African Continent Manuscripts Centered on 20th Century African Wildlife Conservation Curating Smathers Libraries’ Circulating Research Original Artwork of Papa Mfumu’eto

Allyson Poska

Professor · University of Mary Washington

Dr. Poska is an internationally known expert on the history of women in early modern Europe and colonial Latin America.

Smallpox Vaccination Spanish History Latin American History Women's History

Kia Lilly Caldwell, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts and Sciences · UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Caldwell can discuss the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on people of color in the U.S. and Brazil.

Critical Race Studies Black Feminism Gender and Race in Brazil Afro-Latin Studies African Diaspora Studies

Vinny Lingham

Co-founder & CEO · gyft

Silicon Valley based Technology Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship Small Business Startups Freemium Mobile