African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

Congratulations to one of our most recent graduates, Pamela Kimario, who earned her MA with pedagogy focus in May. Pamela will begin teaching Swahili at the University of Georgia in Fall 2017.

Learn more about Alibaba, and why you should study Hausa with us next year.

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. This award includes funds enabling him to conduct preliminary research in Kenya this summer for his project, "Scarred Memories: Personal Memory Violence and Practices of Naming in Mt. Elgon Region of Kenya."  

Kevin is earning a dual degree in Anthropology and African Languages and Literature.

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.

Pamela Kimario, Ahmad Muezzin, and Nandipa Sipengane were admitted in fall of 2015 to a new program designed to prepare future college-level instructors of African languages and directors of African language programs to think critically and knowledgeably about the teaching of African languages and to train and supervise teachers of African languages. 

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 Studies Program's recent "Day in Africa," presenting Yoruba marriage practices to visiting high school students. Tolu will join the Department in Fall 2017 as a Master's student.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:10pm

This year our department nominated Sami Lamine for L&S Teaching Fellow, and he just let me know that he was selected! As a Fellow, Sami’s role will include working with the other Fellows plan the campus-wide TA workshops that will take place in August.



Congratulations, Sami!


Instructor for African 322: Second Semester Arabic, Salah Algabli, has been selected to receive a University Housing Honored Instructor award.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 1:40pm

Read what we've been working on this year on our updated Research page.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 10:50am

Congratulations to doctoral student Adeola Agoke, who won a Graduate School Travel Award she will use this summer to begin fieldwork for her dissertation, “Contesting Linguistic Practices in the ‘Wild’: A Critical Study of Multilingualism in Southwest Nigeria.”


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