Tel:(415) 422-6372

Ahmed Bangura

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta in Canada, and specializes in the Orientalist tradition as it pertains to African literature. Teaching Interest: Introduction to Francophone Literature I, Introduction to Textual Analysis, Twentieth Century French Literature, and Third semester French

Tel:(415) 422-4376

Anne Bartlett

Associate Professor

Anne Bartlett received her Ph.D. from the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago. Bartlett has worked on Darfur related issues for many years. Bartlett's research interests center on identity, inter-ethnic violence and armed movements in Darfur. She also researches humanitarian intervention and its effects in the region. Her book entitled Insurgent Identities: Conflict and the Politics of Difference in Darfur is close to completion and is the result of over ten years of ethnographic research with the armed movements and the general population of Darfur.

Tel:(415) 422-6390

Karen Bouwer


Professor Karen Bouwer enjoys teaching all levels of French and Francophone language, culture and literature as well as classes on African literature and film. Her research interests include Francophone African literature, African cinema and gender.  Her book Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

Tel:(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube

Associate Professor

Lilian Dube is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco where she teaches courses in feminist theology and the interaction of African theology, religion, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. She received her D.Th. from Stellenbosch University and came to USF in 2006. Dube will be a visiting professor at UTS, Columbia University, fall 2012

Tel:(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag

Associate Professor

Heather Hoag, Ph.D., Associate Professor (History, Boston University, 2003) specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.

Tel:(415) 422-4371

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is an assistant professor whose research and teaching interests center on the politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, democratization, and human rights.

Tel:415 422 5298

Samuel Mukoma

Adjunct Faculty

Samuel Mukoma earned his Master of Arts degree in Swahili Linguistics and Literature from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Living and studying in Kenya, his M.A. thesis (written in Swahili) is a comparative syntactic analysis of Swahili and Kikuyu language phrases. Samuel earned his Bachelors Degree in Swahili Language Education from Moi University in Kenya. Prior to his relocation to the United States, Samuel taught Swahili language at different high schools and colleges in Kenya for ten years. In addition to Swahili, Samuel speaks five other African languages. He also teaches Swahili at Stanford University.


James Taylor

Chair, Associate Professor

James Lance Taylor is author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama (2011). Between 2009 and 2011 he served as the president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). He is the newly elected Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches various courses in the areas of religion and politics, race and ethic politics, law and public policy, and African American politics. His current research is on the forthcoming book manuscript, Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and Black America. 


Pascal Thiam

Adjunct Professor, Music

Pascal Bokar Thiam has earned a Master's Degree from Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with honors from the University of San Francisco, CA. Born in Paris, France, and raised in France and in Senegal, his music invites the listener to a musical banquet from around the world from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Along the way, one samples bits of Jazz, R&B and Afro Pop, Bebop mixed with African harmonies and infectious West African rhythms. 1983 Recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Incentive Award for Guitarist of the Berklee College of Music; 1984 Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award.