Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-6372
banguraa@usfca.edu

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) 422-6390
bouwerk@usfca.edu

Karen Bouwer

Professor

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
ldube@usfca.edu

Lilian Dube

Chair, Associate Professor

Lilian Dube is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. Her research and teaching include Feminist Theology from the margins, African Religions & Cosmologies and HIV/AIDS, Religion & Sexuality. She is the executive producer of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, 2012; the co-author of African Initiatives in Healing Ministry, UNISA 2011; the co-editor of Theology in the Context of Globalization: African Women's Response, EATWOT Women's Commission 2005 and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Lilian stands out as the first Black woman to receive a D.Th. (Missiology) from Stellenbosch University in 1999. In 2006, she joined the University of San Francisco after teaching internationally as a tenured lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and a visiting scholar at Birmingham University, UK. She was also a visiting professor at Northwestern University, and Columbia University in 2012. Lilian is a frequent guest-lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.     

Tel:(415) 422-5412
hjhoag@usfca.edu

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 5298
skmukoma@usfca.edu

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.

Tel:415-422-5063
taylorj@usfca.edu

James Taylor

Chair, Professor

James Lance Taylor received his graduate degrees at the University of Southern California (USC). His teaching and research scholarly interests are in religion and politics in the United States, race and ethnic politics, African American political history, social movements, political ideology, law and public policy, and the U.S. Presidency. He is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama.

Tel:415-422-2721
pbthiam@usfca.edu

Pascal Thiam

Adjunct Professor, Music Program

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.