Diana Chioma Famakinwa
Position title: Assistant Director
Contact for Africa at Noon, FLAS, and Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Diana Chioma Famakinwa is our new assistant director. She joins the African Studies Program from UW–Madison’s School of Education, where she recently completed 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. As a 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.