College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

KASC Staff

Elizabeth MacGonagle
History, African/African American Studies
Associate Professor, Director, Kansas African Studies Center
Wescoe Hall, 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. She has served as the Director of KASC since August 2013.

Faculty Associate Director, Kansas African Studies Center, Associate Professor, African and African American Studies

Peter Ojiambo is an Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies, and Faculty Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center. 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, Kansas African Studies Center
Bailey Hall 207

Doreen holds an MA in African Studies from the Ohio University, Athens.  She is also the Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) coordinator for KASC. Her duties include overseeing all aspects of the administration of the FLAS program, assisting with center events and initiatives, conducting and supporting K-16, university, community outreach activities, and assisting with coordination of grant activities. 

Charlotte Kukundakwe
Outreach & Communications Coordinator
200 Bailey Hall

Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University, Kampala- Uganda. Her main duties include planning, coordinating and promoting Center events, including but not limited to outreach programming on and off campus.

AAAS Languages Coordinator, Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction, Foreign and Second Language
Bailey Hall, room 12A

Dr. Wawire is a Kiswahili lecturer and serves as the language coordinator for the African and African American Studies Department. Dr. Wawire has over a decade of experience in foreign and second language education. At KU, she is involved in efforts to strengthen African, diasporic languages through coordinating instruction, facilitating reverse-engineered curriculum (i.e. designed to teach outcomes) and task-based language learning. 

Program Coordinator -- the Continent of Africa, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, 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 the Continent of Africa, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East, as well as advising students interested in pursuing Fulbright scholarships.




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