Program news

African Studies Professor Lahra Smith publishes in the Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies

Dr. Lahra Smith, professor of African Studies at Georgetown University since 2006, recently published an article on her research findings from Ethiopia and Djibouti in the Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies. The article is titled Local Integration and Shared Resource Management in Protracted Refugee Camps: Findings from a Study in the Horn of Africa and can be found here.


African Studies Student Assistant (COL' 18) wins prestigious Rangel Fellowship

Congratulations to Bianca Uribe (COL '18) on winning the prestigious Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Bianca was an African Studies student assistant throughout her four years at Georgetown, and we are glad to see her thriving within months of her graduation. Click here to read more about her time on the Hilltop.

Bianca Uribe (COL '18)

Congratulations to Professor M. de Luna for receiving the Henry Wallace award from the Agricultural History Society!
In AY16-17, Professor de Luna published her first book, Collecting Food, Cultivating People in the Agrarian Studies Series at Yale. In June, the book won the Henry Wallace award from the Agricultural History Society for the best book on agricultural history outside the US. Check it out here

Check it out here

Professor Lahra Smith utilizes National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) grant to co-develop a course on equality in Africa and the West

Using an earlier NEH grant, Samantha Pinto and African studies and SFS professor Lahra Smith developed a course called “Question of Equality” that compared notions of equality in Africa and the West. Learn more about this course and Professor Samantha Pinto’s research on  black women and their political legacies in the Atlantic World during the 18th and 19th century here

Professor Alex Thurston, Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs

Congratulations to AFSP's Visiting Assistant Professor Alex Thurston who was selected as one of six scholars to receive the Luce/ACLS fellowship in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs. Learn more about the fellowship here.

Professor Lahra Smith authors a piece on Djibouti: Hospitality and Protection over Isolationism

AFSP Professor Lahra Smith and American University Professor Lauren Carruth published an article on their recent trip to Djibouti discussing the country's acceptance of refugees. Please read it on the Washington Post here.

Congratulations to our very own Professor Alexander Thurston on the publishing of his latest book, Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching and Politics! Check it out here!

AFSP Professor Opalo leads delegation of students at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund! Read the full article by Emily Paragamian and Ara Friedman here.

AFSP alumna, Jescinta Izevbigie (SFS'14), shares her post-graduate experiences. 

“[I hope] to one day return to Georgetown as a professor in the African Studies Program. That department is at the root of where I am today and I would love to be in a position to give back to students what was given to me during my time at Georgetown.”
Read the full article by Matthew Raab here.