Participants

Ericka Albaugh: Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin College ealbaugh@bowdoin.edu
Ericka is Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College and teaches on Africa, ethnic conflict, development, state-building and language politics at Bowdoin. She received her Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.  She has conducted field research in Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana and has written articles on language politics, education, and elections in Africa. Her recent book is entitled State-Building and Multilingual Education in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Currently, she is researching the spread of lingua francas within and across African state boundaries.

David M. Gordon: History, Bowdoin College dgordon@bowdoin.edu
David is Professor of History at Bowdoin College. He received Ph.D. from Princeton University and writes on a range of subjects relating to southern and central African history, including Atlantic and Indian Ocean trading networks, British and Belgian colonialism, environmental cultures, and contested secular and spiritual sovereignties. His recent books include a history of how spiritual beliefs have influenced human agency, entitled Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History (Ohio University Press, 2012) and a collection of primary documents, Apartheid: A History with Documents (Under Contract with Bedford/St. Martins). Currently he is investigating the history of mobile Congolese communities.

Eileen Johnson: Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College ejohnson@bowdoin.edu
Eileen teaches courses on GIS and remote sensing, and community resilience at Bowdoin.  She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine.  Her research focus is on the role of institutions within social-ecological systems, and the use of spatial analysis in examining in environmental questions. In her role, she also provides support for the integration of spatial analysis into courses, was well as student and faculty research.

Carolyn Logan: Afrobarometer and Political Science, Michigan State University clogan@msu.edu
Carolyn is Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and Deputy Director of the Afrobarometer, a collaborative survey research project that conducts public opinion research on the quality of democracy and governance in 35 African countries. Logan joined the Afrobarometer in 2001, and the Political Science faculty in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2002. Carolyn’s research interests are in democratization and political development in Africa, especially in East Africa, the Horn, and Somaliland. She is particularly interested in the role of “traditional” leaders and institutions in democratization, and in “citizen versus subject” attitudes among African publics. Before joining MSU, Carolyn lived and worked for nearly a decade in Southern and Eastern Africa, in countries including Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, Somaliland, and Somalia.

Kathryn de Luna: History, Georgetown University deluna@georgetown.edu
An historian of precolonial Africa, Kate writes histories of food, emotions, and technology and publishes in the fields of history, linguistics, and archaeology. Her first book, Collecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence and Society in Central Africa to the 16th Century is forthcoming in the Agrarian Studies Series at Yale (2016). She's working on two new projects: a cultural history of mobility in central Africa that takes a micro-historical approach to the Bantu Expansion (with Jeff Fleisher) and a history of the role of percussive, affective sensory phenomena—sparkle, shimmer (visual), drumming, ringing, buzzing (aural), and trembling, bumpiness, vibration, gustiness (tactile)—in metaphors created to define and contest political authority and efficacious spiritual experiences in early Bantu societies.

Scott MacEachern: Anthropology, Bowdoin College smaceach@bowdoin.edu
Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. He holds MA and PhD degrees in archaeology from the University of Calgary. He has been involved in archaeological research projects in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, the United States and Canada. His current research examines the evolution of political relationships around the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon and Nigeria, from the Iron Age to the colonial period. His main research interests are in state formation processes in Africa, the archaeological study of ethnicity and social boundaries, African cultural heritage management issues and African and global historical genetics.

Fiona Mc Laughlin: Linguistics, University of Florida fmcl@ufl.edu
Fiona is chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Florida.  She has worked extensively on the phonology and morphology of Pulaar, Wolof and Seereer, and her current research focuses on language contact and multilingualism in urban Africa, with a focus on Dakar. Her work has appeared in many diverse journals.  Her translation of Boubacar Boris Diop’s novel, Murambi, le livre des ossements, was published by Indiana University Press in 2006, and her edited volume, The Languages of Urban Africa, appeared in 2008 with Continuum Press.  Fiona has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright. She has taught at the Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger and the Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal and is a former director of the West Africa Research Center in Dakar. She is currently the senior editor for sociolinguistics and language contact phenomena in Africa for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

Fallou Ngom: Anthropology and Linguistics, Boston University fngom@bu.edu
Fallou is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University. His current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the localization of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, and Ajami literatures—records of African languages written in Arabic script. He seeks to understand the knowledge buried in African Ajami literatures and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner. Another area of Fallou’s work is LADO (Language Analysis for the Determination of National Origin), a subfield of Forensic Linguistics. His work has appeared in many leading journals, and his book, Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and The Muridyya (Oxford University Press), is forthcoming.

Kenneth Olson: Linguistics, SIL International Ken_Olson@sil.org
A Senior Linguistics Consultant for SIL, Ken’s specialties are phonological theory, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, historical linguistics, and language documentation. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He has conducted field research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, the Philippines, and France. Currently, he is researching rare speech sounds, particularly bilabial trills.

Derek Peterson: History and African Studies, University of Michigan drpeters@umich.edu
Derek is Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of several books, including The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures (2015, with K. Gavua and C. Rassool) and African Print Cultures: Newspapers and the Publics in the Twentieth Century (forthcoming in 2016, with S. Newell and E. Hunter). His most recent monograph, Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival (2012) won the Herskovits Award and the Martin Klein Prize. He is presently writing about Idi Amin’s Uganda.

Olufemi Vaughan: History and Africana Studies, Bowdoin College ovaughan@bowdoin.edu
Femi is Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College where he teaches courses in African studies and African diaspora studies. He is the author or editor of ten books and many articles, including the award-winning book, Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (University of Rochester Press) and Religion and the Making of Nigeria (forthcoming, Duke University Press). He is a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History, and was a fellow and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars.

Hanétha Vété-Congolo: Romance Languages, Bowdoin College mvete@bowdoin.edu
Hanétha is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Bowdoin College. She earned a Ph.D in general and comparative literature from the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique. Her scholarship focuses principally on Caribbean and African ideas, philosophy, literature and orality. Very interdisciplinary and comparative, her work also pays particular attention to discourses by women and about women of the Caribbean, West and Central Africa. Her articles have been published in many refereed journals and anthologies. Hanétha’s 2011 academic book, L’interoralité caribéenne: le mot conté de l’identité (Vers un traité d’esthétique caribéenne), was published with Éditions Universitaires Européennes. A second edition will be published in 2015 with Connaissance et Savoir. Her edited book, Le conte d’hier, aujourd’hui : Oralité et modernité was published with L’Harmattan in 2014. Her poetry collection, Avoir et Être : Ce que j’Ai, ce que je Suis was published with Le Chasseur Abstrait in 2009, while Mon parler de Guinée is forthcoming (2015) with L’Harmattan, coll. Poètes des cinq continents.