College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

KASC Staff

 Elizabeth MacGonagle
History, African/African American Studies
Associate Professor, Director, Kansas African Studies Center
Wescoe Hall, Room 3650

Liz MacGonagle is an African historian in the Departments of History and African & African-American Studies. In her research, she crosses historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to link nation, culture, and ethnicity to processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings.

Faculty Associate Director, Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies

Peter Ojiambo is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His area of teaching is KiSwahili and he has developed a KiSwahili teaching website. Dr. Ojiambo has held teaching positions at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Assistant Director
207 Bailey Hall

Emily Riley has more than a decade of experience researching Africa, engaging with African Studies and African languages, and working on university partnerships in Africa. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on political anthropology and gender in Senegal and West Africa. Her research and teaching interests include women and politics, identity politics, social media and social change, national identity formations, and hospitality.

Outreach and Communication Coordinator
324 Bailey Hall

Elene Cloete has more than 10 years of experience in community development programs. This included working in both rural and urban music programs and coordinating community outreach programs. Elene holds a masters degree in Culture and Development Studies and a PhD in Social Anthropology. Her research interests include youth development initiatives, social justice, and community arts programs. 

AAAS Languages Coordinator, Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction, Foreign and Second Language
Bailey Hall, room 12A
Kansas African Studies Center, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Finance
Media, Outreach, Recruitment, Development, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Coordinator
Wescoe Hall Room 2084

Christian is a native speaker of Czech and German. He received his BA in Economics and a Minor in Business from KU in 2008, and his MBA from Washburn University in 2011. Before joining the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Christian worked in consumer retail for three years as Director of Global Digital Sales for an international sports apparel company. 

Program Assistant
(785) 864-6250
201 Bailey Hall

Jessica began working for KASC in Fall of 2013. She has been at KU since 2009, working with the Center for Global & International Studies. She provides administrative and general program support for KASC, CEAS, CGIS (including European Studies, South Asian and Middle East Studies.)

Curator of Global Indigenous Art, Spencer Museum of Art
Spencer Museum of Art

Cassandra (Casey) Mesick Braun is the co-director of the "Native American and African American Education in Kansas, 1830-1960" workshop. In addition to attending all workshop events and serving as a primary contact for you, Casey is curating the special exhibition Separate and Not Equal: A History of Race and Education in America specifically for the workshops. She will lead an interactive tour of this exhibition and share the other collections and resources the Spencer Museum of Art will offer during the workshops. With Celka Straughn and Connor Warner, Casey is a Core Faculty member for this workshop and will serve on the selection committee.


Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Program Coordinator, Pronouns: He/Him/His
Strong Hall, Room 200

Cody is a Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Student Success.  His primary responsibilities are to help students solve problems, find the right resources they need to succeed, and coordinate programs and projects that support the College DEI strategic plan. He is an ardent advocate for equity, inclusion and intercultural communication and experience.


Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Straughn is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago examined Jewish art and expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.

Accountant, Grants
Strong Hall, 345A Liberal Arts & Sciences Shared Service Center
Program Coordinator -- Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, the continent of Africa, and the Middle East

Tiphani Dixon, Program Coordinator holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. Her main duties include advising students and coordinating faculty-led program opportunities in Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, the Continent of Africa and the Middle East, as well as advising students interested in pursuing Fulbright scholarships.



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