African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science


The mission of the Department of African Cultural Studies is to provide research and teaching in the languages and expressive cultures of Africa and Africans around the world. This includes work on both graduate and undergraduate levels, and emphasizes the development and application of analytical, linguistic, and methodological tools that will enable students to work effectively and imaginatively across regions, languages, cultural forms, methodologies, and disciplines.

Upcoming Events

  • Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:00am
    Union South
    The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event.


  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology has awarded graduate student Kevin Wamalwa the Arvin B. Weinstein Prize in Anthropology in recognition of his academic achievements.
  • The Department of African Cultural Studies is proud to recognize the first class of graduate students that has successfully completed the Master of Arts with a focus in pedagogy.
  • Tarek Ziadna has won an African Studies Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award to support collection of data for his dissertation, "French Loanwords in Algerian Arabic." Congratulations, Tarek!
  • Tolu Akinwole, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for Yoruba in 2016-17, took part in the African
  • This year our department nominated Sami Lamine for L&S Teaching Fellow, and he just let me know that he was selected!


Katrina Daly Thompson and Erin Stiles (eds.)
Ohio University Press
Katrina Daly Thompson
Indiana University Press