Welcoming Diana Chioma Famakinwa to the African Studies Program

Diana Chioma Famakinwa is our new interim assistant director. She joins the African Studies Program from UW–Madison’s School of Education, where she is completing her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, with a concentration on comparative and international education and African studies. She has held administrative, research, and teaching positions with various units across campus and has a long track record of successfully managing a variety of international projects in nonprofit and university settings in Madison and beyond. Diana has experience living and researching in Nigeria, where she conducted an ethnographic case study of diaspora-homeland collaborations at Nigerian universities as a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellow in 2018-2019. An emerging scholar-practitioner in the field of international education and African diaspora studies, she looks forward to (re)connecting with members of the African studies community and promoting engagement with African languages and cultures in this virtual era. Diana will be managing our FLAS fellowships and Africa at Noon seminar series. You can contact her at famakinwa@wisc.edu for inquiries about FLAS and Africa at Noon.