College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Beverly B. Mack

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Kansas African Studies Center, African/African American Studies
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall
Room 109A
1440 Jayhawk Blvd Room 9
Lawrence, KS 66045


Beverly Mack is a Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies, was the Director of KASC from 2011-2013, and a Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies. She regularly teaches the following courses: Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and Islamic (Sufi) Literature. She has conducted extended field research in Kano, Nigeria, and Fes, Morocco, shorter research periods in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Conakry, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. She has published extensively on African literature and Muslim women's lives in West Africa.

Teaching Interests

  • Islam
  • Women's roles in Islam
  • Islamic Literature
  • African Literature

Research Interests

  • Islam
  • Women's roles in Islam
  • Islamic Literature
  • African Literature

Selected Publications

Mack, Beverly B., and Jean Boyd. Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u. Oxford: Interface/Kube Press, Fall 2013.


Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Fall 2017 Conference


The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit www.migrationstories.ku.edu to learn more. 

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