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African Studies | African-American and African Diaspora Studies | Anthropology | Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design | Business | Comparative Literature | Education | Folklore and Ethnomusicology | French and Italian | Gender Studies | Geography | Geological Sciences | History | History of Art | International Studies | Law | Library | Linguistics | Media School | Museums | Music | Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Optometry | Political Science | School of Global and International Studies | School of Public and Environmental Affairs | School of Public Health | Spanish and Portuguese | Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

African Studies

jhhanson at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5212

John Hanson

Director

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Religious imagination and social initiatives of Muslims in western Africa; Sufi movements in nineteenth century Mali and Senegal; historical transformations in Africa (pre-colonial and colonial); historical methods
Regional expertise: Ghana; Senegal; Mali

mgrosz at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5081

Maria Grosz-Ngate

Associate Director
Adjunct Faculty, Anthropology

Research and Teaching Interests: political economy; migration; interdisciplinary methods; knowledge production on Africa; Muslim communities in Senegal and Mali
Regional expertise: Mali; Senegal

aomar at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-3323

Alwiya Omar

Clinical Professor, Kiswahili

African Languages Coordinator

Research and Teaching Interests: Bamana language; culture in Mali; political leadership.
Regional expertise: Tanzania

anyschle at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-4191

Antonia Schleicher

Professor

Director, National African Language Resource Center

Research and Teaching Interests: Yoruba language; African language materials development; theory and practice of African language teaching; language evaluation
Regional expertise: Nigeria

daduaman at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 857-3665

David Adu-Amankwah

Senior Lecturer, Akan/Twi

Research and Teaching Interests: Akan language; verbal arts; Ghanaian humor; ethnopragmatics
Regional expertise: Ghana

bsdlamin at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7666

Betty Dlamini

Senior Lecturer, Zulu

Research and Teaching Interests: Zulu language; South African song and dance; drama for development
Regional expertise: South Africa; Swaziland

absow at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-8284

Amadou Beidy Sow

Lecturer, Bamana

Research and Teaching Interests: Bamana language; culture in Mali; political leadership.
Regional expertise: Mali

deotunga at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-8354

Deogratias Tungaraza

Lecturer, Kiswahli

Regional expertise: Tanzania

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African-American and African Diaspora Studies

rosa at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6853

Iris Rosa

Professor
Director, Africa-American Dance Company

Research and Teaching Interests: Modern dance; jazz and ethnic dance; traditional dances of the diasporas; teaching and choreography
Regional expertise: Ghana; West Africa; the US; the Caribbean

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American Studies

vhallora at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-5653

Vivian Halloran

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Caribbean literature; interconnections between art, history, literature and performance; depictions of slavery in literature and museums; national and cultural identities; food and cultural memory.

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Anthropology

babuggen at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0617

Beth Buggenhagen

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: circulation and value; material and visual culture; photography; gender and Islam; Senegalese diaspora in the U.S. Regional expertise: Senegal
Regional expertise: Senegal

janegood at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7516

Jane Goodman

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: performance and civic life; intertextuality; colonial and postcolonial formations; theater, music, and poetry; Algerian diaspora in France.
Regional expertise: Algeria

kdhunt at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-3857

Kevin Hunt

Professor
Director, Human Origins and Primate Evolution Lab

Research and Teaching Interests: functional morphology and ecology of hominids and apes.
Regional expertise: Tanzania; Uganda

srosterh at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0871

Sarah Osterhoudt

Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: environmental anthropology; agrarian studies; agro-ecological systems; political ecology; trade and development; anthropology of knowledge
Regional expertise: Madagascar

sept at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5395

Jeanne Sept

Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: archeology; human evolution; paleoecology; primate ecology and diet.
Regional expertise: Kenya; eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; Tanzania; South Africa; Côte d’Ivoire

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Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design

hakou at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5395

Heather Akou

Associate Professor

Research Interests: textile analysis, design, and product development; Africa and African Diaspora; socio-cultural textiles and apparel; non-western histories of dress; migration and globalization; fashion theory and symbolic interaction
Regional expertise: Mali

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Business

fisherg at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-2763

Greg Fisher

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Research and Teaching Interests: Entrepreneurship; business strategy; corporate entrepreneurship and turn-around management.

Regional expertise: South Africa

phpowell at indiana.edu
Phone: (317) 274-2481

Philip Powell

Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Faculty Chair, Kelley Direct MBA and MS programs

Research and Teaching Interests: International management; global consulting; economic foundations; managerial economics and macroeconomics; healthcare economics and business strategies.
Regional expertise: South Africa; Botswana

japrenke atindiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-5069

Jaime Prenkert

Associate Professor of Business Law

Research and Teaching Interests: Employment discrimination; retaliation protections; business and human rights; governance approaches to transnational business and legal issues; marketing law and commercial speech.
Regional expertise: South Africa

fredschl at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5701

Fred Schlegel

Lecturer, Management and Entrepreneurship

Research and Teaching Interests: International business; strategic planning; management of technology and innovation.
Regional expertise: Ghana; Kenya; South Africa

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Comparative Literature

adesokan at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7935

Akin Adesokan

Associate Professor (joint appointment with Media School)

Research and Teaching interests: Twentieth and twenty-first century African and African American/African Diaspora literatures and cultures; global postcoloniality; African cinema and contemporary global cinemas; postcolonial intellectual history; nonfictional prose; literary and cultural theory.
Regional expertise: Nigeria

ejulien at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5083

Eileen Julien

Professor (joint appointment with French and Italian)

Research and Teaching interests: Connections between Africa, Europe, and North America; postcolonial studies; African resources (e.g., oral traditions) and their relationship to ‘global’ forms, such as the novel; intellectual significance of Paris (and, more generally, of travel) for black identities; gender in relation to diaspora longing, national identity, and narrative form.
Regional expertise:Senegal; Cameroon

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Education

elant at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8110

Erna Alant

Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Otting Chair in Special Education

Research and Teaching interests: Augmentative and alternative communication for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Regional expertise: South Africa

bkdennis at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8142

Barbara Dennis

Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology

Research and Teaching Interests: Complexities of diversity; pragmatic theory of care; theories of identity and their connection to methodological theory.
Regional expertise: Uganda

pkubow at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0172

Patricia Kubow

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research

Research and Teaching Interests: Democratic citizenship education in comparative, international, and cross-cultural contexts.
Regional expertise: South Africa

nyikos at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8272

Martha Nyikos

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: cognitive and socialization factors in language learning and strategies of foreign language students; collaboration; constructivist approaches and resistance factors in teacher development
Regional expertise: Cameroon; Senegal; Azerbaijan

blsamuel at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8256

Beth Samuelson

Associate Professor, Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Research and Teaching interests: Language awareness and the flows of English literacy practices across global boundaries; literacy theory; language learning and cross-cultural experience in non-Western contexts.
Regional expertise: Democratic Republic of Congo; Rwanda

stachows at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8507

Laura L Stachowski

Director, Global Gateway for Teachers

Regional expertise: Kenya; Tanzania

stocktor at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8344

Rex Stockton

Chancellor’s Professor, Counselling and Educational Psychology

Research and Teaching Interests: Counseling and counselor training; counselor training and research related to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; group dynamics; human resource delivery systems.
Regional expertise: Botswana

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Folklore and Ethnomusicology

burnim at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-4258

Mellonee Burnim

Professor
Director, Archives of African American Music and Culture

Research and Teaching interests: Black religious music and aesthetics; music in the African diaspora.
Regional expertise: Zimbabwe

reedd at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-2535

Daniel Reed

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Music and religion; mask performance; ritual; identity; popular music; immigration; transnationalism; diaspora; music and health; Ivorian immigrants in the U.S.
Regional expertise: Côte d’Ivoire; Mali; Guinée

stone at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0398

Ruth Stone

Professor
Director, Ethnomusicology Institute

Research and Teaching interests: Music as culture and performance; theory of ethnomusicology.
Regional expertise: Liberia

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French and Italian

vbouchar at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-2549

Vincent Bouchard

Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: media (literature, cinema, telephone, radio, internet) and cultural studies (popular cultures, reception); audio-visual mediation of orality (speech, gesture); Francophone cultures in Africa and North America.
Regional expertise: Burkina Faso; Senegal

ejulien at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5083

Eileen Julien

Professor (joint appointment with Comparative Literature)

Research and Teaching interests: Connections between Africa, Europe, and North America; postcolonial studies; African resources (e.g., oral traditions) and their relationship to ‘global’ forms, such as the novel; intellectual significance of Paris (and, more generally, of travel) for black identities; gender in relation to diaspora longing, national identity, and narrative form.
Regional expertise:Senegal; Cameroon

opanaite at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-1134

Oana Panaïté

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Twentieth and twenty-first century French-language writing in France, the Caribbean, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; literary theory; the poetics and politics of fiction; postcolonial and transfrontier approaches to literature.

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Gender Studies

fosterl at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6977

Laura Foster

Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Feminist postcolonial science studies; feminist science studies; science and technology studies; feminist and critical race legal theory; transnational/postcolonial feminisms; feminist research methodologies; human rights and intellectual property law.
Regional expertise:South Africa

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Geography

evans at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-4587

Tom Evans

Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Human-environment interactions; agricultural decision-making; water governance; GIS / spatial modeling.
Regional expertise: Kenya; Zambia

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Geological Sciences

jknjau at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-3170

Jackson Njau

Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Paleolandscapes and paleoenvironmental contexts of hominid evolution.
Regional expertise: Tanzania

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History

jhhanson at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5212

John Hanson

Associate Professor
Director, African Studies Program

Research and Teaching Interests: Religious imagination and social initiatives of Muslims in western Africa; Sufi movements in nineteenth century Mali and Senegal; historical transformations in Africa (pre-colonial and colonial); historical methods
Regional expertise: Ghana; Senegal; Mali

lichtens at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7504

Alex Lichtenstein

Associate Professor

Regional focus: South Africa; the US
Research and Teaching interests: Intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in the U.S. South and twentieth century South Africa; South African labor relations and the state; civil rights.
Regional expertise: South Africa

pmachado at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-1320

Pedro Machado

Assistant Professor

Research interests: Historical intersections of western India and southeastern Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; histories of Indian Ocean pearl fisheries; history of eucalyptus within the Portuguese Empire’s Atlantic and Indian Ocean spheres.
Regional expertise: South Africa; Mozambique

moorman at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5384

Marissa Moorman

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Popular cultural practices and politics; gender, sexuality, Africa and nation; relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa.
Regional expertise: Angola; South Africa; Zimbabwe

mimoyd at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-4787

Michelle Moyd

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Histories of conflict, militarization, and humanitarianism; history of World War I and its aftermaths; labor history.
Regional expertise:Tanzania; Kenya; Uganda

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History of Art

mcnaught at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-2548

Patrick McNaughton

Chancellor’s Professor

Research interests: Aesthetics; technology and expertise; the social roles of art; historical problems of African art; critical issues of theory and methodology.
Regional expertise: Mali, Cameroon

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International Studies

cpinaud at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6281

Clémence Pinaud

Assistant Professor (PhD, History)

Research and Teaching Interests: gender and sexual violence; relationships between civilians and guerrilla groups; war and post-war economy; state-building processes.
Regional expertise: South Sudan; Ethiopia; Sierra Leone

steinbjf at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-7326

Jessica Steinberg

Assistant Professor (PhD, Political Science)

Research and Teaching Interests: Politics of natural resources; non-state goods provision; strategies of governance in regions of limited state presence; conflict events reporting.
Regional expertise: Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; Zambia

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Law

brownkd at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6145

Kevin D. Brown

Richards S. Melvin Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Law and education; race, American society, and the law; torts and criminal law.
Regional expertise: Ghana; South Africa

dacwilli at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6793

David Williams

John S. Hastings Professor
Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy

Research interests: Constitutional design; Native American law; constitutional treatment of difference; relationship between constitutionalism and political violence.
Regional expertise: Liberia; South Sudan

shwillia at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6319

Susan Williams

Walter W. Foskett Professor
Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy

Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative constitutional law; feminist jurisprudence; property law.
Regional expertise: Liberia; South Sudan

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Library

mdjenno at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-9296

Mireille Djenno

African Studies Librarian

Regional focus: West Africa, Equatorial Africa
Research interests: collection development; bibliography; African literature; comparative feminisms

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Linguistics

botner at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0388

Robert Botne

Professor
Department Chair

Research and Teaching interests: Bantu languages; tense/aspect/modality systems, morphology, comparative linguistics, lexical semantics of verbs.
Regional expertise: Malawi

davis at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-2043

Stuart Davis

Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Phonology; Semitic linguistics; African American English; general linguistics.

sobeng at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-8199

Samel Obeng

Professor

Research and Teaching interests: African languages, especially endangered languages; political discourse analysis; the politics about languages in Africa; multilingualism and language contact, pragmatics of prosody, ethnopragmatics.
Regional expertise: Ghana

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Media School

adesokan at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7935

Akin Adesokan

Associate Professor (joint appointment with Media School)

Research and Teaching interests: Twentieth and twenty-first century African and African American/African Diaspora literatures and cultures; global postcoloniality; African cinema and contemporary global cinemas; postcolonial intellectual history; nonfictional prose; literary and cultural theory.
Regional expertise: Nigeria

mgrabe at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-2460

Elizabeth Grabe

Professor; Associate Dean

Research and Teaching interests: Mass media and communication; influence of visual content and message packaging on comprehension.
Regional expertise: South Africa

kellyjd at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-1708

James Kelly

Associate Professor of Journalism

Research and Teaching Interests: Influence of digital imaging technology on news photo credibility and audience understanding of photo journalism ethics; photojournalism; graphic communication and publication design; role of mass media in society; reporting of HIV/AIDS and health care.
Regional expertise: Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; Ethiopia; Morocco

martinmt at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7631

Michael Martin

Professor of Cinema and Media Studies; Director, Black Film Center/Archive

Research and Teaching Interests: Diasporic and émigré cinematic formations; Latin, African, and postcolonial cinemas; transnational migration; documentary practice.
Regional expertise: Burkina Faso

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Museums

dpelrine at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-1036

Diane Pelrine

Eskenazi Museum of Art

Raymond and Laura Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Research and Teaching interests:African art, especially from eastern and southern Africa; African crafts and textiles; collecting and exhibiting ethnographic arts.
Regional expertise: Tanzania; Cameroon

esieber at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-3944

Ellen Sieber

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Chief Curator; PhD, Art History
Regional expertise: Nigeria

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Music

kcarball at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-7112

Kimberly Carballo

Instructor and Coordinating Opera Coach
Member of Tunaweza Kimuzikia project promoting exchange among educators, scholars, and performers in Kenya and the U.S.

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Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

alani at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-8555

Salman Al-Ani

Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Arabic Linguistics with special emphasis on phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax.

zistraba at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-0372

Zaineb Istrabadi

Senior Lecturer, Arabic

Research and Teaching interests: Teaching Arabic as a second language; Sufism.

nmorkus at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-2400

Nader Morkus

Assistant Professor
Director of the Arabic Language Program

Research and Teaching Interests: Second language acquisition; discourse level analysis of the speech act of refusal in Egyptian Arabic; intercultural pragmatics and communication.

vinsons at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-6736

Steve Vinson

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Ancient Egyptian language and literature; history of Graeco-Roman Egypt; ancient Egyptian transportation and trade.

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Optometry

aeelsner at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-1500

Ann Elsner

Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Retinal imaging and Retinal damage

dwlyon at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-1964

Don Lyon

Clinical Professor
Chief of Pediatric and Binocular Vision Service
Director of Residencies

Research and Teaching interests: Pediatric optometry; amblyopia; binocular vision disorders

tpeabody at indiana.edu
Phone: (812)-855-0909

Todd Peabody

Clinical Associate Professor
Chief of Third Year Primary Care Services
Director of Continuing Education

Research interests: Medical optometry; pre-clinic case analysis and communication and professional communication

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Political Science

macleanl at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-2376

Lauren M. MacLean

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Comparative political economy and public policy, with focus on the politics of state formation, public goods provision, and citizenship in Africa and the U.S.
Regional expertise: Ghana; Côte d’Ivoire; Kenya; Uganda

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School of Global and International Studies

omeara at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5021

Patrick O'Meara

Special Advisor to the President
Professor Emeritus, Public and Environmental Affairs
Former Director, African Studies Program

Regional expertise: South Africa

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School of Public and Environmental Affairs

osafoaku at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0749

Osita Afoaku

Clinical Professor

Research and Teaching interests: International and sustainable development; democratization; state reconstruction in Africa; U.S. and African / Third World relations; Islamist terrorism and the Nigerian state.
Regional expertise: Nigeria; Democratic Republic of the Congo

brassj at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-1460

Jennifer Brass

Assistant Professor

Research interests: African politics; non-governmental organizations; service provision, governance, and state development; energy and international development.
Regional expertise: Kenya; Uganda; Djibouti; Senegal

desaiat indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-4647

Sameeksha Desai

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies

Research interests: Economic development; globalization and entrepreneurship; private sector development in conflict / postconflict recovery and political instability.
Regional expertise: Rwanda

hewakhun at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-9820

Henry Wakhungu

Senior Lecturer

Research and Teaching interests: Development of simulation models for sustainable management of indigenous community forests; experimental designs in tropical forestry research; service learning and classroom action research; statistical analysis.
Regional expertise: Kenya

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School of Public Health

bmeyerso at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-3627

Beth Meyerson

Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: SPublic health policy and systems; policy behaviors (especially by public institutions) and their measurement.
Regional expertise: Kenya; Nigeria; Botswana

semiddle at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-5768

Susan Middlestadt

Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Public health; sexual health; health communication.
Regional expertise: Mali; East Africa

cobeng at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-0502

Cecilia Obeng

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests:Breast-feeding and child health; pre-school children’s health; role of the family in child development; immigrant families’ health; culture and health.
Regional focus: Ghana

mireece at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-0068

Michael Reece

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, School of Public Health

Research and Teaching Interests:sexual health and behaviors; HIV/AIDS education and prevention; health care management
Regional expertise: Kenya; Uganda; South Africa

torabi at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-4808

Mohammad Torabi

Chancellor's Professor

Research and Teaching Interests:Measurement and evaluation of school and public health education programs; factors associated with health behaviors; health promotion.
Regional expertise: Egypt

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Spanish and Portuguese

lnamorat at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-1061

Luciana Namorato

Associate Professor
Director of the Portuguese Program

Research and Teaching interests: Transatlantic Luso-Brazilian Studies; twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian literature; contemporary Latin American narrative.

evieira at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-6143

Estela Vieira

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching Interests: Portuguese and Brazilian literatures and cultures; comparative Lusophone and Hispanic studies.

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Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

mcgibbon at indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-7052

Murray McGibbon

Associate Professor

Research and Teaching interests: Acting and directing
Regional expertise: South Africa