Benjamin Soares

Professor · University of Florida

Benjamin Soares research is on Islam and Muslim societies in Africa with a focus on religious life from the 20th century to the present.

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

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

Associate Professor, Department of Geography; College of Arts and Sciences · UNC-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

Associate 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

Kerstin Fisk

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations · Loyola Marymount University

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Conflict Processes Refugees Civil Conflict and Violence Preventive Force and Drones International Relations

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

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

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

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

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

Paulo Verardi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor · University of Connecticut

Expert on vaccine development & virology (Smallpox, Rinderpest, Zika, coronaviruses, Rift Valley, Powassan, SFTSV, Heartland, & more)

COVID-19 Mosquito-borne Diseases Tick-borne Diseases Zika Smallpox

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

Olivier Walther

Assistant Professor · University of Florida

Olivier Walther focuses on cross-border trade and transnational political violence in North and West Africa.

Africa Borders Cities Conflict Regional Integration

Vinny Lingham

Co-founder & CEO · gyft

Silicon Valley based Technology Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship Small Business Startups Freemium Mobile

Jane Landers

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History · Vanderbilt University

Expert on digital archives and the history of Colonial Latin America, slavery, early American black history.

Africa Colonial Latin America Caribbean History Comparative Slave Systems The Atlantic World

Ugo Mattei

Distinguished Professor of Law and Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law · UC Hastings College of the Law

Contacts: matteiu@uchastings.edu / 415-565-4646 / Office 623-200

Comparative Law Economics and the Law European Community Law African Law Anthropological and Ecological Approaches to Law