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Courses offered by the Center for African Studies (CAS) are listed under the subject code AFRICAST on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Center for African Studies coordinates an interdisciplinary minor in African Studies for undergraduates. The program seeks to enrich understanding of the interactions among the social, economic, cultural, historical, linguistic, genetic, geopolitical, ecological, and biomedical factors that shape and have shaped African societies. 

Courses in African Studies are offered by departments and programs throughout the University. Each year CAS sponsors a range of seminars and workshops to demonstrate to advanced undergraduates and graduate students how topics of current interest in African Studies are approached from different disciplinary perspectives.

Course offerings in African languages are also coordinated by the Center for African Studies. Along with regular courses in several levels of Arabic and Swahili, the center arranges with the African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures Program in the Stanford Language Center to offer instruction in other African languages; in recent years, it has offered courses in Afrikaans, Amharic, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Twi, and Yoruba.

Graduate Study in African Studies

For those who wish to specialize in Africa at the graduate level, African Studies can be designated a field of concentration within the master's and doctoral programs of some academic departments. Students in such departments as Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology, and in the School of Education, may declare African Studies as the area of specialization for their master's and Ph.D. thesis work. Some other departments, programs, and institutes such as the International Comparative Education Program also permit students to specialize in African Studies.


Emeriti: David B. Abernethy, Ellen Jo Baron, John Baugh, Joan Bresnan, Joel Samoff, Susan Cashion, Sandra E. Drake, Peter Egbert, James. L. Gibbs, Jr., William B. Gould, Bruce F. Johnston, William R. Leben, Bruce Lusignan, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Mary Polan, Hans N. Weiler, Sylvia Wynter, Jean-Marie Apostolidès, Joel Beinin, Shelley Goldman, Terry Lynn Karl, John Rickford

Director: Joel Cabrita

Professors: Michele Barry (Medicine), John Boothroyd (Microbiology and Immunology), James T. Campbell (History), Martin Carnoy (Education), William H. Durham (Anthropology), James Fearon (Political Science), James Ferguson (Anthropology), Gabrielle Hecht (History), Richard Klein (Anthropology), David Laitin (Political Science), Yvonne Maldonado (Pediatrics), Lynn Meskell (Anthropology), Julie Parsonnet (Medicine and Health Research and Policy), Richard Roberts (History) Oliver Fringer (Civil and Environmental Engineering) Liisa Malkki (Anthropology), Pascaline Dupas (Economics), Ato Quayson (English)

Associate Professors: Vincent Barletta (Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures), Alexandria B. Boehm (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Jenna Davis (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Paulla A. Ebron (Anthropology), Duana Fullwiley (Anthropology), Grant Parker (Classics), Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science), Eran Bendavid (General Internal Medicine), Katherine Casey (Political Economy), Vaughn Rasberry (English),

Assistant Professors: Steven Press (History), Krish Seetah (Anthropology), Joel Cabrita (History), Fatoumata Seck (French and Italian)

Professor (Research): David Katzenstein (School of Medicine) 

Professor (Teaching): Robert Siegel (Microbiology and Immunology)

Associate Professor (Clinical): Brian Blackburn (Infectious Diseases), Daryn Reicherter (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Hugh Brent Solvason (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Senior Lecturers: Khalil Barhoum (African and Middle Eastern Languages)

Lecturers: Byron Bland (Law), Jonathan Greenberg (Law), Samuel Mukoma (African and Middle Eastern Languages), Ramzi Salti (African and Middle Eastern Languages) Samuel Nkansah (Twi), Adeyinka Fashonkun (Yoroba), Gladys Ajelo (Igbo), Issayas Tesfamarian (Amharic)

Consulting Professors: Anne Firth-Murray (Human Biology), Joel Samoff (Center for African Studies)

Curators: Karen Fung (African Collection Curator, Green Library), Regina Roberts (Bibliographer, Green Library)

Senior Research Fellows: Coit Blacker (Freeman Spogli Institute), Larry Diamond (Freeman Spogli Institute, Hoover Institution), Marcel Fafchamps (Freeman Spogli Institute), Stephen Stedman (Freeman Spogli Institute, Center for International Security and Cooperation)