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African Studies Institute

African Studies Institute at OU.

The African Studies Institute 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.

The Africa Studies Institute is a part of vibrant and growing resources in Middle East and North Africa studies at the University of Oklahoma. For more information on these resources and programs, visit our new MENA at OU page.


Events & Announcements

The Work of the Women’s Advocacy Network: Justice for Women and Children in Post-Conflict Uganda

Wednesday, February 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
Gould Hall Gallery

Join us for a talk with Grace Acan, Co-Founder, Women’s Advocacy Network Uganda (WAN), sponsored by the Center for Peace and Development, Department of Human Relations, Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, African Studies Institute, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum and Security in Context.

Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Storytelling About African Pasts with Archaeology, Artifacts, and Archives

Thursday, March 7, 3-4:15 p.m.
Bizzell Memorial Library, LL118

The African Studies Institute presents a talk with Dr. Carla Klehm, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas.

Cookies will be provided.


2024 African Studies Institute Student Research Grant

We're pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2024 African Studies Institute Student Research Grant!

In the interest of promoting African studies and supporting student research at the University of Oklahoma, the African Studies Institute will provide a Student Research Grant of up to $1,000 to support independent student

research or creative activity related to African studies. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma.
 
  • Are you interested in conducting independent research or producing creative work about Africa/African Studies themes?
  • Engaged in ongoing research/creative activity relevant to the continent?
  • Traveling to Africa and hoping to conduct research or study a particular topic while there?
  • Planning to apply for a nationally competitive scholarship to Africa, and need to craft a research idea?
  • Looking for travel support to present research/creative scholarship related to African studies at a conference?

If “yes,” The African Studies Institute wants YOU to apply!

Application Requirements

  • Proposal (two pages maximum, single-spaced, 12 point font) describing the research/creative project clearly, explaining its significance to African studies and explaining how it will contribute to the student’s professional or academic development.
  • CV or Resume
  • Itemized budget
  • One letter of recommendation (emailed by the recommender directly)

Members of the scholarships committee are available to help applicants prepare a budget, craft a compelling proposal, and prepare a CV or resume. Please contact Drs. Andreana Prichard (aprichard@ou.edu) AND Claire Nicholas (cbnicholas@ou.edu) at least a week before the deadline for assistance.

Apply Now

Deadline: March 15, 2024

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Drs. Prichard and/or Nicholas by the recommender

Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 4, 2024. Applicants selected for funding will be required to submit a report to the African Studies Institute executive committee at the end of research/creative project, including a report of how funds were expended, due by May 31, 2025.


Media

Video of "Drinking as a Site of Consumptive Political Fantasying: Alcohol, Conflict, & Development in Ethiopia," with Christina Tekie Collins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, March 23, 2023.

Video of "Military Coups and Human Rights in Africa," with Sètondji Roland Adjovi, International Law Specialist, March 8, 2022.

Video of "Precolonial Legacies in Contemporary Public Goods Delivery: Evidence from Decentralized West Africa" with Martha Wilfahrt, February 24, 2022.

Global BLM student roundtable, held Thursday, September 17, 2020


People

 

Thomas Fenn
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Thomas.Fenn@ou.edu
 


Rita Keresztesi
Professor, Department of English
ritak@ou.edu

 


Natalie Letsa
Wick Cary Asst. Professor of Political Economy, Dept. of International & Area Studies
nwletsa@ou.edu

NameTitleEmail
Loretta Bass
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Organizing Director, African Studies Institute
lbass@ou.edu
Meta G. Carstarphen
Professor, Gaylord College of Journalism & Communication
Affiliate Faculty, Clara Luper Department of
African & African-American Studies
mcarstarphen@ou.edu

Jeanette R. Davidson

Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studiesjrdavidson@ou.edu
Zermarie Deacon
Associate Professor, Department of Human Relationszermarie@ou.edu
Kalenda EatonAssociate Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studiesk.eaton1@ou.edu
Lewis EliotAssociate Professor, Department of Historylewis.eliot@ou.edu
Greg A. Graham
Associate Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studiesgreggraham@ou.edu
Betty J. Harris 
Professor, Department of Anthropologybharris@ou.edu
John C. Harris
Associate Professor, Division of Regional and City Planning, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecturejohncharris@ou.edu
Karlos K. Hill
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studieskarlos.hill@ou.edu
Daniel Mains
Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Honors Collegedcmains@ou.edu
Claire NicholasAssistant Professor, Department of Anthropologycbnicholas@ou.edu
Moses OlayemiAssistant Professor, Gallogly College of Engineeringmolayemi@ou.edu
James Olufowote
Associate Professor, Department of Communicationolu@ou.edu
Andreana Prichard
Associate Professor of African History, Honors College
Affiliate Faculty, Departments of History and International & Area Studies
aprichard@ou.edu
Bala Saho
Associate Professor, Department of Historysaho1@ou.edu
Michael J. Soreghan
James Roy Maxey Chair and Associate Professor of Geosciences, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy School of Geosciencesmsoreg@ou.edu
Elanie Steyn
Associate Professor and Journalism Area Head, Gaylord College of Journalism & Communicationelanie@ou.edu
Bret Wallach
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geographybwallach@ou.edu

Scholarships

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 David L. Boren 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 David L. Boren 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.

Past Events