African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

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.

Jessica Miller, a graduating senior with majors in African Languages and Literature and Biology, has earned the Louise Troxell award.  Miller was specifically commended for her record of academic excellence and contributions to campus and the larger community through her service to Cardiac on Campus and Wingra Clinic in Madison and beyond.  She will receive $1,000.

Dissertator Olusegun Soetan will receive a three-month summer fellowship (June 1- August 31st) which provides a stipend, tuition and segregated fees coverage.

Congratulations, Segun!

PhD student Adeola Agoke was awarded a National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA) Dissertation Grant.

This award helps support graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage. These grants can provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.

Congratulations, Adeola!

Each year, the American Academy in Berlin awards two-dozen semester-long Berlin Prize fellowships to outstanding scholars, writers, and artists from the United States. Fellows, who come from the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and the arts, pursue independent projects in a residential community at the Hans Arnhold Center, a historic villa on Lake Wannsee. They share their work with German colleagues and audiences at lectures, readings, discussions, concerts, and film screenings, which form the core of the Academy’s rich program of public events.

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:10am
Toni Landis with IAP staf

Our student services coordinator Toni Landis earned the “IAPpriciates You Award” from International Academic Programs. IAP staff came to our faculty meeting to give Toni the award, and noted that she was nominated by numerous staff members for her longstanding support for student study abroad. Congratulations Toni!


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