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Ph.D student Kathryn Mara was selected to participate in the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID. Fellows are expected to spend time at the institute and to develop and maintain mechanisms for ensuring meaningful intellectual discussions with one another (e.g., through scheduled, weekly meetings) and with other students, fellows and faculty in WID. A major responsibility of fellows is to arrange activities (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances) for the campus community. Learn more about this unique opportunity!

Learn more about Associate Professor Samuel England's new book and his research interests!

Jadaliyya was founded by academic experts on the Mideast with the goal of reaching audiences beyond the academy. It was founded and is still operated by the Arab Studies Institute. It features English and Arabic content.


Join the Department of African Cultural Studies as we recognize and congratulate Tarek Ziadna for successfully defending his dissertation, titled “French Loanwords in Algerian Arabic: Phonetic/Phonological, Morphological, and Socio-Cultural Analyses.”  Tarek's minor was Second Language Acquisition and he was co-advised by Professors Katrina Daly Thompson and Rajiv Rao.



Read the full article courtesy of "Africa in Our Lives"

Join the Department of African Cultural Studies as we recognize and congratulate Olusegun Soetan for successfully defending his dissertation, titled "Canonizing Trash: A Study of Three Nollywood Directors.”

With support of a Mellon Wisconsin Summer Fellowship and an African Studies Summer Fieldwork Award, Soetan will travel to Nigeria to finalize his work.


We’re excited to announce that Professor Ainehi Edoro will be joining our faculty in Fall 2018.

Edoro is the founder and Editor of Brittle Paper, a leading online platform dedicated to African writing and literary culture. She received her doctorate from Duke University.In her research, she studies the form, theory, and history of the African novel with the objective of defining how the African novel has helped reinvent the novel as a global form.

Professor Katrina Daly Thompson has been selected to receive the Summer Humanities Research Fellowship, made available through the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH). This workshop supports tenured humanities faculty in pursuing "the next big project" - such as new books or journal articles - and seeks to inspire participants to think programmatically about their research as well as how effectively to pursue external funding to support their scholarship and advance their career. 

PhD candidate Olusegun Soetan has received and accepted a $3000 African Studies Summer Fieldwork Award for his work in Nigeria this summer. 

This award is made possible through the African Studies Program.


M.A. candidate Salah Algabli has been recognized as a Spring 2018 University Housing Honored Instructor. Algabli regularly teaches a section of beginning Arabic.

Second year undergraudate student Lauren Sorensen has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Wolof in Senegal.

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Congratulations, Lauren!