University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty and Staff by name

Primary departments are listed here; see Faculty and Staff by Department for additional departmental appointments. Retired faculty and staff are listed here.

Sandra Adell
Professor
Afro-American Studies
Office Phone: (608) 263-0425
Email: saadell@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Black literature, modern narrative, literary theory and criticism, continental French literature and philosophy of the twentieth century.

Araceli Alonso
Associate Faculty
Gender and Women’s Studies and the School of Medicine and Public Health
Email: aalonso@wisc.edu
Website

Cynthia Anderson (Wautlet)
Assistant Professor
Global Health Institute
Office Phone: (608) 287-5898
Email: ckanderson@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Obstetrics and gynecology with research in Ethiopia.

Lesley Bartlett
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies
Office Phone: (608) 262-2091
Email: lbartlett2@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: comparative and international education; anthropology of education; migration; literacy studies

Paul Block
Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Office Phone: (608) 263-8792
Website

Matthew H. Brown
Assistant Professor
African Languages & Literature
Email: mhbrown@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: African cinema, video and visual cultures; African literature, literary criticism and cultural theory; Media studies; Yoruba language and culture; The Global South

Henry Bunn
Professor
Anthropology
Office Phone: (608) 263-6854
Email: htbunn@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Human culture, archeology. Paleontological and archeological research in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and Somalia

Damon Burchell-Sajnani
Assistant Professor
African Languages & Literature
Email: dburchell@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Africana cultural studies; socio-political theory, HipHop studies and African HipHop, post-colonialism, globalization and diaspora research in Senegal.

Emily Callaci
Assistant Professor
History
Office Phone: (608) 262-6046
Email: ejcallaci@wisc.edu
Website
Academic Interests: Postcolonial Africa, Tanzania, East Africa, African Urban History, Gender and Sexuality, Popular Culture

Jean-Paul Chavas
Professor
Agricultural and Applied Economics
Office Phone: (608) 261-1944
Email: jchavas@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Food policy reform. Research in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Tunisia

Bruce M Christensen
Professor
Pathobiological Sciences
Office Phone: (608) 262-3850
Email: christensen@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Parasitology and Medical Entomology; Mosquito; Parasite Interaction and Pathogenesis. Research in Egypt

James H Conway
Professor
Pediatrics
Office Phone: (608) 263-3854 (GHI)/ 265-6050(Peds)
Email: jhconway@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: HIV education; immunization training. Research in Uganda.

Kelley Conway
Professor
Communications Arts
Office Phone: (608) 263-3977
Email: kelleyconway@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Francophone film, gender and cinema, African film.

Vlad Dima
Assistant Professor
French and Italian
Office Phone: (608) 262-4074
Email: dima@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: French New Wave cinema, Francophone cinemas, film theory, Hitchcock, Tarantino/American auteur cinema, television studies, Quebec novel, theater of the absurd, zombies

Moussa Diop
Assistant Professor
Real Estate & Urban Land Economics
Office Phone: (608) 262-3409
Email: mdiop@bus.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Real estate, finance, and banking, globally and in Africa. Research in Senegal and South Africa.

Lori DiPrete Brown
Distinguished Faculty Associate
School of Human Ecology, Global Health Institute
Office Phone: (608) 262-5742
Email: dipretebrown@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Global health care and social services for women and children. Research in Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia.

Henry Drewal
Professor
Art History
Office Phone: (608) 263-9362
Email: hjdrewal@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: African and African Diaspora art, artistic traditions of the African diaspora in Brazil. Research in Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and India

Nevine El-Nossery
Assistant Professor
French and Italian
Office Phone: (608) 262-7940
Email: elnossery@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Francophone literatures and postcolonial studies; French Canadian literature; women and exile. Research on North Africa.

Samuel England
Assistant Professor
African Languages and Literature
Email: sengland2@wisc.edu
Website
Aca­d­e­mic research inter­ests: Classical Ara­bic poetry, creative prose, and rhetoric; medieval court cultures of the Middle East and the western Mediterranean; modern Arabic literature; al-Andalus and Spain. Research in Egypt, the Maghreb, Spain, and Turkey.

John Ferrick
Director
International Agriculture Programs
Office Phone: (608) 265-3705
Email: jferrick@cals.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Experience in Uganda.

Jeremy Foltz
Professor
Agricultural and Applied Economics
Office Phone: (608) 262-6871
Email: jdfoltz@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Macroeconomics of technology adoption, agricultural biotechnology, property rights, land use, and economic development. Research in Tunisia.

Josh Garoon
Assistant Professor
Department of Community & Environmental Sociology
Office Phone: (608) 890-0981
Email: garoon@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Environmental determinants of health; community and economic development; biodiversity conservation and management. Research in Zambia.

Tony L. Goldberg
Professor
Pathobiological Sciences
Office Phone: (608) 890-2618
Email: tgoldberg@vetmed.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Ecology‚ epidemiology, and evolution of infectious disease. Research in Uganda.

Pablo Gomez
Assistant Professor
Medical History and Bioethics
Office Phone: (608) 262-3414
Email:pgomez@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: History of Medicine and Science in the Atlantic World; History of Medicine and Science in Latin America; History of Medicine and Science and the African Diaspora; Early modern corporeal epistemologies; Race and medicine.

Monica Grant
Assistant Professor
Sociology
Office Phone: (608) 262-6261
Email: grantm@ssc.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Demography and sociology of economic change and development, education, and gender in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Jonathan Gray
Professor
Communication Arts
Office Phone: (608) 263-2541
Email: jagray3@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Film, television, and music circulation and reception in Malawi

Sundaram Gunasekaran
Professor
Food Engineering
Office Phone: (608) 262-1019
Email: guna@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Food engineering

Cindy Haq
Professor
Family Medicine
Email: clhaq@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: primary health care, family medicine education/program development, community and public health, and design/evaluation of training for health professionals in medically undeserved settings

Mary A. Hark
Associate Professor
Design Studies
Office Phone: (608) 262-1367
Email: hark@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Fiber/Textile design. Research in Ghana.

Margaret Hawkins
Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: (608) 263-4667
Email: mhawkins@education.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Sociocultural and sociopolitical approaches to languages and literacy.

Pernille Ipsen
Assistant Professor
Gender & Women’s Studies / History
Office Phone: 770-9843
Email: pipsen@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: West Africa and cultural encounters in the early modern Atlantic world, Atlantic slave trade, race, gender and women’s history.

Harvey Jacobs
Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Email: hmjacobs@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Social/legal aspects of land policy, and property rights. Research in Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.

Cynthia Jasper
Professor
Department of Consumer Science
Office Phone: (608) 262-2384
Email: crjasper@wisc.edu
Website

Yoshihiro Kawaoka
Professor
Global Health Insitute
Email: kawaokay@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Influenza virus, Influenza epidemics in humans, Ebola virus. Research in Sierra Leone.

Richard C Keller
Professor
Medical History and Bioethics
Office Phone: (608) 263-7378
Email: rkeller@med.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Psychiatry and madness in colonial Africa; the history of modern psychiatry. Research in Tunisia and Algeria.

Nancy Kendall
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies
Office Phone: (608) 262-1760
Email: nkendall@education.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Comparative education; education and democratization; gender studies; HIV/AIDS education. Research in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Heinz Klug
Professor
Law School
Office Phone: (608) 262-7370
Email: klug@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Constitutional, public, international, human rights, South African environmental, and post-apartheid law. Research in South Africa and Botswana.

Neil Kodesh
Associate Professor
History
Office Phone: (608) 263-2395
Email: kodesh@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: East African history. Research in Uganda, Tanzania.

Gloria Ladson-Billings
Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: (608) 263-1006
Email: gjladson@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Multicultural education. Social studies in elementary education

James LaGro
Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
Office Phone: (608) 263-6507
Email: jalagro@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Land use dynamics and landscape changes.

Rebecca Larson
Assistant Professor
Biological Systems Engineering
Office Phone: (608) 890-3171
Email: rebecca.larson@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Biological waste, Manure management, Agricultural sustainability

Keisha Lindsay
Assistant Professor
Gender and Women’s Studies / Political Science
Office Phone: (608) 263-2763
Email: knlindsay@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Black masculinity, intersectionality, black feminism, Caribbean politics.

Luis Madureira
Professor
Spanish and Portuguese
Office Phone: (608) 262-2093
Email: lmadurei@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Post- colonial literatures. Research in Mozambique.

Aleia McCord
Associate Director
African Studies Program
Office Phone: (608) 262-4461
Email: aleia.mccord@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Anaerobic digestion in Uganda. Research in Uganda.

Richard McFarland
Assistant Professor
Anthropology
Office Phone: (608) 262-7395
Email: richard.mcfarland@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Animal physiology and sociability. Research in South Africa.

Gregg Mitman
Professor
History of Science
Office Phone: (608) 262-9140
Email: gmitman@med.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Environmental history, history of science and medicine, science and film. Research in Liberia.

Mustafa Mustafa
Associate Faculty
African Languages & Literature
Office Phone: 890-2098
Email: mamustafa@wisc.edu
Website

Lisa Naughton
Professor
Geography
Office Phone: (608) 262-4846
Email: lnaughto@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Forest and wildlife conservation and management policy. Research in Uganda and Kenya.

Larry Nesper
Professor
Anthropology
Office Phone: (608) 265-1992
Email: lnesper@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Research in culture and identity, ethnicity, ethnohistory, political and legal anthropology, social and religious movements. Research in Senegal.

John Nimis
Assistant Professor
African Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (608) 263-2445
Email: jnimis@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Congolese Popular Music; African Literature; Francophone Africa; Literary and Music Theory; Cinema and Popular Culture; research in Democratic Republic of Congo.

James Mukasa Ntambi
Professor
Biochemistry
Office Phone: (608) 265-3700
Email: ntambi@biochem.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Human and animal nutrition. Research in Uganda.

Ogi Okwumabua
Clinical Professor
Pathobiological Sciences
Office Phone: (608) 262-4168
Email: ogi.okwumabua@wvdl.wisc.edu
Academic research interests: Pathobiological sciences; microbiology. Animal diseases. Research in Nigeria.

Tejumola Olaniyan
Professor
English and African Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (608) 262-8168
Email: tolaniyan@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: African and African diaspora literature. Literary theory. Research in the African diaspora.

Mutlu Ôzdogan
Assistant Professor
Afro-American Studies
Office Phone: (608) 890-0336
Email: ozdogan@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Remote sensing, Hydrology, Land-use & land-cover change.

Lindsay Palmer
Assistant Professor
Journalism and Mass Communication
Office Phone: 709-6593
Email: lpalmer2@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Use of mobile phones and Internet in rural Zambia, press freedom in Zambia, crisis mapping initiatives in Kenya, and the cultural labor of local stringers and fixers across the African continent.

Jonathan Patz
Professor and Director
Global Health Institute
Office Phone: (608) 262-4775
Email: patz@wisc.edu
Website

Travis Pickering
Professor
Anthropology
Office Phone: (608) 262-5818
Email: tpickering@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Ecology and evolutionary biology of early hominids in South and East Africa. Research in South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia.

Thomas Popkewitz
Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: (608) 263-7343
Email: tspopkew@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Educational research and evaluation, educational reform/change, curriculum theory, teacher education. Research in South Africa.

Ronald Radano
Professor
African Cultural Studies and Music
Email: rmradano@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Ethnomusicology, US Black music and its transnational circulation.

Jess Reed
Professor
Animal Science
Office Phone: (608) 263-4310
Email: reed@calshp.cals.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Livestock and crop production in agricultural development. Research in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, and Zimbabwe.

Cooper Rosin
Research Associate
Integrative Biology
Email: crosin@wisc.edu
Academic research interests: Ecology in Gabon and Guyana.

Reginold Royston
Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow
African Cultural Studies
Email: rroyston@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Internet citizenship, African mobile apps, IT infrastructure and media in Africa. Research in Ghana.

Matthew Ruark
Associate Professor
Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies
Office Phone: (608) 263-2889
Email: mdruark@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Soil fertility and nutrient management

Lesley Sager
Faculty Associate
Interior Architecture
Office Phone: (608) 890-3265
Email: lhsager@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Interior design. Research in Kenya.

Ellen Sapega
Professor
Spanish and Portuguese
Office Phone: (608) 262-3621
Email: ewsapega@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Lusophone colonial and post-colonial literature. Research in Cape Verde.

James Schauer
Professor
Global Health Institute
Email: jjschauer@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Origin of impact of air pollutants in the urban atmosphere.

Nathan Schulfer
Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Office Phone: (608) 263-7771
Email: schulfer@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Ecosystem services and food security in Bostwana and Gabon.

Gay Seidman
Professor
Sociology
Office Phone: (608) 263-3887
Email: seidman@ssc.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Sociology of development in Southern Africa and Latin America, political sociology. Research in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, and South Africa.

Ajay Sethi
Associate Professor
Population Health Sciences
Office Phone: (608) 263-1756
Email: aksethi@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Infectious disease, antiretroviral therapy, alcohol and substance use. Research in Uganda.

Dawd Siraj
Professor
Infectious Disease
Email: dssiraj@medicine.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Infectious diseases and travel medicine. Research in Ethiopia

Emilie Songolo
Senior Academic Librarian
Memorial Library
Office Phone: (608) 265-4740
Email: engo@library.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Social Sciences Librarian

Amy Stambach
Professor
Educational Policy Studies
Office Phone: 890-1114
Email: aestambach@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Gender and educational policy; cultural analyses; comparative and international education. Research in Tanzania.

Scott Straus
Professor
Political Science
Office Phone: (608) 263-2036
Email: sstraus@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: African international relations, human rights. Research in Rwanda, Chad.

James Sweet
Professor
History
Office Phone: (608) 265-2523
Email: jhsweet@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Research on the African Diaspora, Brazil, West and Central Africa.

Nirvana Tanoukhi
Assistant Professor
English
Email: tanoukhi@wisc.edu
Academic research interests: The African Novel, Postcolonial Literature, History and Theory of the Novel, Narrative Theory, Literary Geography, Formalisms and Contextualisms, Comparison

Sherry Tanumihardjo
Professor
Global Health Institute, Nutritional Sciences
Office Phone:
Email: sherry@nutrisci.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Human nutrition, Biochemical and molecular nutrition. Research in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa.

Girma Tefera
Professor
Department of Surgery
Office Phone: (608) 265-4420
Email: tefera@surgery.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment

Katrina Daly Thompson
Professor
African Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (608) 262-6537
Email: kdthomp3@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: African languages, popular verbal arts, critical discourse studies, language socialization, gender and sexuality, Islam, LCTL pedagogy, learner autonomy. Research in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Adrian Treves
Associate Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Office Phone: 890-1450
Email: atreves@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Wildlife management and conservation. Environmental planning and monitoring. Research in Uganda.

Aili Tripp
Professor
Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies
Office Phone: 890-3890
Email: atripp@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Comparative politics (Africa), gender and politics. Research in Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia and Angola.

Janis Tupesis
Adjunct Professor
Global Health Institute
Email: jtupesis@medicine.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Educational curricula development. Research in Liberia, Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania.

Matthew Turner
Professor
Geography
Office Phone: (608) 262-2465/262-3657
Email: turner@geography.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Biogeography, cultural ecology, rangelands and livestock production systems in Africa. Research in Mali and Niger.

Stephen Ventura
Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Office Phone: (608) 262 6416
Email: sventura@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Geographic information systems, Urban agriculture.

Christopher A. Walker
Associate Professor
Dance
Office Phone: (608) 262-6637
Email: cawalker2@wisc.edu
Website

Don Waller
Professor
Botany and the Nelson Institute Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Office: (608) 263-2042
Email: dmwaller@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Conservation biology; international education and research; monitoring of ecological conditions, particularly in Central Africa (Cameroon, Gabon, and DRC).

Claire Wendland
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Office Phone: (608) 262-3874
Email: cwendland@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Biomedicine in non-Western setting, cross-cultural ethics and communication. Research in Malawi.

Gloria Whiting
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Office Phone: (608) 262-1851
Email: gwhiting@wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Early American history, History of race and slavery.

Eric Wilcots
Professor
Astronomy
Office Phone: (608) 262-2364/262-3071
Email: ewilcots@astro.wisc.edu
Website
Academic research interests: Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). Research in South Africa.

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