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  • Alice Lesnick is Term Professor of Education, Director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Coordinator of Africana Studies. A literacy researcher with particular interests in collaborative learning and the bridging of community and academic knowledge, Alice has created and teaches a broad range of courses including gateway and capstone seminars; literacies and education; qualitative research; education, technology, and society; first-year writing and thinking; and empowering learners: holistic approaches to education and health. The recipient of the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award; a faculty associate/teacher trainer with the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College; and a former preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher, Alice also now directs Lagim Tehi Tuma/Thinking Together: a summer action research project linking Bryn Mawr and Haverford College students with a community's preschool, radio station, and technology training centre in Northern Ghana, where she is also building a partnership with a university. Alice looks forward to talking with students about what interests them and to exploring together pathways to link personal passions with work in the world, especially when it involves venturing into uncertainty.
  • Michael Allen is Professor of Political Science on the Harvey Wexler Chair at Bryn Mawr College. He is a former Chair of the Department of Political Science and immediate former Co-Director of the Center for International Studies at that institution. Allen has been an International Relations Consultant at the Overseas Development Institute in London, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, and a Trade Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica. He studied at the University of the West Indies, and later at the London School of Economics, as Rhodes Scholar from Jamaica. Allen’s teaching interests at Bryn Mawr center upon International Studies, with specialization in International Political Economy and International Law. His research and publications have focused upon the international political economy of African and Caribbean regions, as well as the challenges of governance at both national and multilateral institutional levels. An ongoing question in his research is that of the implications of an expanding global mode of production in manufactures, services and knowledge, for democracy at different levels and dimensions of articulation, from sub-national institutions, to national governments to regional and global markets and cognitive domains.
  • Linda-Susan Beard is Associate Professor of English, Contemplative Intelligence, Post-Colonial Literatures, South African Literatures, and African-American Literature. She negotiates between and among the worlds of African American, South African, and post-colonial literatures. She teaches courses on post-apartheid literature, literary and historical reimaginings of transatlantic slavery such as Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure, as well as introductory courses in English and African literatures which examine the dynamics of canon formation.
  • Susanna Fioratta is a sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted years of research in Guinea and Senegal, West Africa. Her 2015 article "Beyond remittance: Evading uselessness and seeking personhood in Fouta Djallon, Guinea," published in the journal American Ethnologist, shows how both migrant remittances and non-migrant business practices that might seem economically irrational make sense when viewed in a broader social context. She is currently completing a book manuscript on migration, politics, and insecurity in Guinea. Her next project will explore transnational connections between Africa and China through the perspectives of West African entrepreneurs and consumers of Chinese manufactured products. She welcomes conversations with students who are interested in migration and transnational mobility, politics, global connections, and broader social or cultural issues of significance to the African continent.
  • Pim Higginson is Professor, Chair & Major Adviser in French and Francophone Studies but he has also offered courses in Comparative Literature as well as seminars cross-listed with Africana Studies, Education, English, History of Art, and Philosophy. His primary area of study and instruction is the Black Atlantic. In particular, he is interested in how various cultural forms travel between France, sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. His first book, "The Noir Atlantic" (2011), looked at how an African American author of crime fiction writing in English (Chester Himes) influenced a whole generation of African author writing in French. His current book project, with the working title, "Scoring Race" is interested in how the reception of African American jazz in France during the interwar period (1918-1941) influenced the response of Francophone African authors to jazz in their literary works.
    Other interests include how representations of food ways in the Francophone novel represent an elaborate form of resistance in the text; and the Francophone writers of UNESCO.
  • Elaine Mshomba, Instructor of Swahili
  • Kalala Ngalamulume is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies and specializes in the history of health and disease in
    West Africa.  His most recent book, entitled Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920 (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 2012), explores how the French colonial and medical authorities and the urban residents responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination in the capital of Senegal and French West Africa.H he is co-editor with Paula Viterbo of Medicine in Africa:  Multidisciplinary Perspectives (LIT Verlag Berlin and Michigan State University Press, 2010), and the author of several articles and book chapters on the history of health and disease in Senegal.  He is currently working on sexually-transmitted diseases and prostitution in colonial Senegal, and on the invention of the "Lulua" ethnic group in Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo.  He teaches courses on the social history of medicine, urban history, social history of witchcraft, and humanitarianism in Africa.
  • Mary Osirim is Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Center for International Studies, Faculty Diversity Liaison and Provost of the College.   Her teaching and research interests have focused on gender and development, race and ethnic relations, immigration, the family and economic sociology in Sub-Saharan Africa, the English-Speaking Caribbean and the US.  During the past 20 years, she has conducted fieldwork on women, entrepreneurship and the roles of the state and non-governmental organizations in the microenterprise sectors of Nigeria and Zimbabwe in which Bryn Mawr students participated as research assistants.   Currently, her research is focused on transnationalism and community development among African immigrants in the northeastern US. 
  • Monique Scott is the Director of the new Museum Studies program at Bryn Mawr College. She is a museum anthropologist with particular expertise in how diverse museum visitors make meaning of anthropological exhibitions, particularly representations of Africa. After earning her PhD in Anthropology at Yale in 2004, she completed her first book, Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins (2007). Monique also spent two post-doctoral years conducting research on how non-traditional visitors to the Natural History Museum and Horniman Museum in London, particularly visitors of African descent, relate to these museums as institutions of education and leisure. For the past ten years, Monique has been head of anthropological education at the American Museum of Natural History, where she has contributed to exhibition development as well as designed programs such as film festivals, cultural performances, lectures and student courses. Her last publication was a review of a contemporary art exhibition reflecting on the 1893 Columbian Worlds Fair in Chicago. This review, “White Walls, ‘Black City,’” appeared in Visual Anthropology Review in 2014.  Monique has an upcoming publication entitled, “Race, Medicine and the Museum” which will appear in a special issue of Museums and Social Issues in January 2016. Monique is eager to join Bryn Mawr to build the museum studies program and work with students from all disciplines to help shape the future of museums. 
  • Robert Washington is Professor of Sociology His teaching and research interests include: sociology of culture, social theory, sociology of sports, race and ethnic relations, African American communities, social deviance, modernization and development in East Africa
  • Susan White is Professor of Chemistry Co-Directing Health Studies Program and team teaching Introduction to Health Studies.  She is also
    Major Advisor for new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major and teaching new required course on Metabolism and related topics.  Her research interests are in the area of RNA structure, stability, and protein binding. Biologically interesting RNA molecules are composed of helical regions containing standard Watson-Crick base pairs as well as internal and hairpin loops which contain unpaired nucleotides. Our goal is to understand how some of these irregular structural features contribute to the thermodynamic stability of the RNA molecule and function as sites for protein recognition.