Faculty Research and Activities

There are over 100 Yale faculty members from across the university with research and activities related to Africa. Research projects and programs include areas such as health systems, political science, infectious diseases, economics, anthropology, and mental health. Explore the full range of projects and collaborations through the online Faculty International Research & Activities database »

Yale also has a Council on African Studies (CAS), as part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, which supports and coordinates the study of Africa within Yale University. Designated by the United States Department of Education as a Comprehensive National Resource Center for the study of Africa, CAS promotes education and scholarly exchange about Africa through its curricula and educational activities open to the general public. Since 1985, CAS has coordinated an Outreach Program aimed at expanding and enhancing knowledge of Africa in educational institutions, the media, business, and government local schools, colleges, and civic groups in Connecticut and throughout New England. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, African studies at Yale builds on a legacy dating back to the study of African languages in the late 18th century. Prior to World War II, Yale became one of the first universities to incorporate African studies into its mainstream curriculum, which led to the formal establishment of the Council on African Studies in the post-war years. The Council has continued its legacy of leadership in African studies into the 21st century through its distinguished scholarship, innovative degree programs and projects, and one of the world’s leading Africana library collections.

Strongly committed to interdisciplinary research and initiatives, CAS fosters an academic environment where students and faculty seek novel approaches to emerging issues in African studies through joint endeavors across institutions at Yale, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Council faculty members are affiliated with a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as several of Yale’s professional schools, including the Law School, Epidemiology and Public Health, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Guided by the conviction that engagement with contemporary African realities contributes to theory building of global relevance, the council’s research and initiatives emphasize the dynamics–historical and contemporary–between African localities and the rest of the world.