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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!

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 2:05pm

On Friday 13 April, ACS students and faculty gather to eat popcorn and watch eleven short films made by students in our language courses (Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, and Yoruba. The films were judged by a jury consisting of ACS professors Katrina Daly Thompson, Matt Brown, and Damon Sajnani, and ACS alum Amadou Fofana, himself a professor and filmmaker.

The winning film was "Maisha ya Miguu" (The Life of Feet) by Kathryn Mara, a student in David Lukhachi's fourth semester Swahili course.

Ph.D. student Olusegun Soetan has earned an African Studies Summer Fieldwork award in the amount of $3000 to offset the cost of international travel.

These awards support UW-Madison graduate students working on a master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation pertaining to Africa. To apply, students propose library or field research (preliminary or otherwise) related to their thesis or dissertation.


Ph.D student Kathryn Mara has been selected as a 2018 Future Faculty Partner as part of UW-Madison's Teaching Academy program. Future Faculty Partners are graduate students who have been formally recognized by the Teaching Academy as having demonstrated a deep interest in and commitment to higher education, and a willingness to commit to one or more years of active involvement in the Teaching Academy.