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African Studies Institute

The African Studies Institute (ASI) at the University of Oklahoma is an emerging, interdisciplinary center dedicated to research and the study of Africa, as well as building a community of those interested in Africa in the state of Oklahoma.

Fall 2017 Courses

African Studies Minor

Course NumberTitleSchedule
AFAM 2003Introduction to African
and AFAM Studies
Multiple Sections Available
AFAM 2113Africa and the DiasporaMW 3pm - 4:15
AFAM 3133Intro to African
Multiple Sections Available
AFAM 4010History of Racial Violence
TR 9pm - 10:15
AFAM 4133Contemporary Visual
Art of Africa
Weekend course
Oct.20 - Nov.5
AFAM 4213African DanceTR 7:30am - 8:45
ANTH 4303Women and Development
in Africa
TR 3pm - 4:15
HIST 2713Survey of African
MWF 9:30am - 10:20
HIST 3723Africa Since 1945MWF 11:30am - 12:20
MUNM 3313African RepercussionsMultiple Sections Available


African Studies Institute Executive Committee


Loretta Bass, Professor
Organizing Director, African Studies Institute

Melanie Bratcher, Assistant Professor
African and African-American Studies

Meta G. Carstarphen, Associate Dean
Gaylord School of Journalism

Jeanette R. Davidson, Director
African and African-American Studies

Zermarie Deacon, Assistant Professor
Human Relations

Robert S. Dreibelbis, Assistant Professor

Greg A. Graham, Assistant Professor
African and African-American Studies

Betty J. Harris, Professor

John C. Harris, Assistant Professor
Division of Regional and City Planning

Rita Keresztesi, Associate Professor
Department of English

Daniel Mains, Assistant Professor
Honors College

James Olufowote, Assistant Professor

Andreana Prichard, Wick Cary Assistant Professor
Honors, History and IAS Affiliate

Bala Saho, Assistant Professor
History Department

Michael Soreghan, Assistant Professor
School of Geology and Geophysics

Elaine Steyn, Associate Professor
Gaylord School of Journalism

Bret Wallach, Professor

Janette Wallis, Lecturer
Environmental Studies

Felix Wao
Director of Academic Assessment for Learning Outcomes



Current Event Analysis in African Countries

Learning from Ebola: Successes, Failures and the Politics of Health in West Africa

April 1, 2015
3:00 P.M.
Zarrow Hall


Current Event Analysis in African Countries

Carson Energy Center,
Room 0117
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

February 19, 2014
Elections and Tensions in

Over 1,000 lives were lost after contested elections in Côte d’Ivoire in 2011. Over 200,000 people were displaced following the 2007 elections in Kenya. While elections can be a source of hope and positive change, all too often they can result in tension, violence, and chaos.

Why are the election and post-election periods marred with violence in so many African countries? Are there similar factors at play across the continent or is this phenomenon specific to only a few countries? Come and discuss different perspectives on this topic with OU Africanists.  

“This is Normal” A Film Screening and Panel Discussion about Water in Africa

November 11, 2015


The stories of a rural villager in Zambia with eight kids and no clean water to provide them, an American approaching retirement who wants to make meaning of his life and a young Zambian well-digger struggling to provide for his family
are normal in many ways. It is when these stories intersect, as director Derek Watson shows in his short documentary “This Is Normal,” that positive change happens.

New Technologies and Innovation in Africa

March 12, 2014

For at least the past decade, Africa has become a leader in certain areas of technological innovation. For instance, Ushahidi is a crowd-sourcing software used around the world in places like Haiti, US, or Japan, and it was developed in Kenya. M-PESA is a highly developed mobile payment system. Matloop and BRCK show great promise for ensuring widespread Internet connectivity.

 What are some of the ramifications of these emerging ideas and technologies? What role has Africa played in the pas in the area of technological innovation? What role can it play in the 21st century?  Come and discuss different perspectives on this topic with OU Africanists.

The International Criminal Court and the African Union

April 16, 2014

Though the International Criminal Court was established “to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community,” all of its cases address only Africa. Leaders in the African Union have expressed some reservations or opposition to the ICC, such as in the indictment of Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir and the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

What does all of its cases coming from Africa say about the ICC? Is Africa targeted unjustly? How should the African Union and the ICC relate going forward? Come and discuss different perspectives on this topic with OU Africanists.


The Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scholarship
The Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scholarship was created to assist University of Oklahoma students to pursue studies in Africa and other strategic areas. Students from overseas may also be supported to come to the University of Oklahoma for study (see details regarding admissions for international students).  This fund was established in the memory of the late Marjorie Schenfeld Stewart.

The Millie Schafer Sitzman Award
The Millie Schafer Sitzman Award was created to assist University of Oklahoma students to pursue studies in Africa.

The College of International Studies Board of Visitors Scholarship
The Board of Visitors Study Abroad Scholarship was created out of the initiative and generosity of advisors to, and constituents of, the College of International Studies at The University of Oklahoma. The scholarship is unique in that it emphasizes the value of study abroad experiences in destinations that are typically underrepresented.

Request for Proposals
The Office of Education Abroad and the African Regional Advisory Committee at the University of Oklahoma seek proposals from OU faculty members to teach a summer course for the Journey to Africa program in the summer of 2014.  This program is designed to introduce OU undergraduates to Africa and world affairs, and consists of two 3-credit IAS courses taught over a period of four weeks.  These courses are subject to approval as upper-division General Education courses.

African Student Association

iDebate Rwanda Flyer from Fall 2016