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2016-2017 Editorial Board



Janice Levi: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Dept. of History. (M.A., African Studies, Indiana University, 2011; B.A., History, University of Oklahoma, 2007). Current research: Judaism in West Africa, Identity Studies, Memory Studies, Material Culture.

Madina Thiam: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Dept. of History. (B.A., with Honors,  History and International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2012). Current research: Discourse, Identity, Gender, Sexuality, Voices on Africa in Literature. West Africa and the Sahel. Transnational History, Historiography, Method.


Senior Editor:

Chelsi Dimm: M.A. Student UCLA  Dept. of African Studies (M.A., Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 2015; B.A , Philosophy, Bloomsburg University, 2012). Current Research: African Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Literacy, Material Culture, Ritual, Women and Development.


Arts and Exhibition Editor:

Lauren Taylor: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History. (M.A., Art History, UCLA, 2014; B.A. with Honors, Art History, University of Pittsburgh 2012). Current Research: Modern and Contemporary Arts of Africa, International Expositions, Theories of Post-Colonialism, Senegal.

Rebecca Wolff: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Art History (M.A., Modern Art History: Critical and Curatorial Studies, Columbia University, 2014; B.A., Art History and English, University of Texas at Austin, 2011). Current research: modern and contemporary Nigerian art, artistic production during armed conflict.


Book Review Editor:

Olufemi Taiwo: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Dept. of Philosophy. (B.A., Philosophy, B.A., Political Science, Indiana University 2012). Current research: meta-ethics and social/political philosophy, the Black radical tradition, materialist thought.



Makeda Jarra

Margit Bowler: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Dept. of Linguistics (M.A., Linguistics, UCLA, 2014; B.A., Linguistics, Reed College, 2011). Current research: Semantic fieldwork, modality, Turkic languages, Bantu languages.

John Gluckman: Ph.D. Student, UCLA Dept. of Linguistics. (M.A., Linguistics, UCLA 2014; B.A., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania 2012.) Current research: theoretical syntax/semantics; modality; morphology; psycholinguistics; documentation of Luyia languages; documentation of Mayan languages.


Contributing Editor and Consultant:

Nana Osei-Opare: Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Dept. of History. (M.A., History, Stanford University, 2011; A.B. with Honors, History, Stanford University, 2011). Current research: Intellectual African History, Nkrumaism, Ghana, Convention People's Party, State Capitalism, Modernization, Soviet Influences upon Africa and African influences upon the Soviet Union, & Intellectual Networks.



Claire Pfitzinger: B.A. Student, 2017, UCLA.  Major: International Development Studies, Minors: African Studies and Russian Studies. Research interests: Climate Change and Development, Development Economics, Beer Economics.


*Image: Founding editors Teshome Gabriel and Sondra Hale