Associate Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)
Omolade Adunbi is a political anthropologist. His areas of research explore issues related to resource distribution, governance, human and environmental rights, power, culture, transnational institutions, multinational corporations and the postcolonial state. His current research focuses on the growing interest of China in Africa’s natural resources and its interrelatedness to infrastructural projects.
Ex-Officio, African Studies Center
Kelly Askew is Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of Anthropology and DAAS. She has worked for over two decades in Tanzania and Kenya. Her writings and film projects span two primary research areas: poetic arts as vehicles for populist engagement with politics, and the formalization of property rights. Recent film projects include: (1) Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (Buda Musique, forthcoming 2015) on Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestra; and (2) The Chairman and the Lions (Documentary Educational Resources, 2013), which won 1st place at the ETNOFilm Festival (Croatia, 2013) and a Special Jury Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania, 2013). She is currently in post-production on a new film entitled Maasai Remix about indigenous creativity in addressing challenges to Maasai pastoralist livelihoods.
Associate Director, Center for Political Studies
David Howell is the Associate Director of the Center for Political Studies. He participates in Center leadership, oversees communications and shared professional research staff, manages and advises research projects, and helps develop new research projects. He is interested in comparative study, organizational development, building social science research capacity in international settings, survey methodology, and research methods generally.
David has worked at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research since the early 1990s as a senior research associate, project manager, programmer, and administrator for a variety of large and complex research projects, including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the American National Election Studies (ANES).
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor Ichino’s research is on ethnic politics, voter behavior, and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has a secondary research interest in methodology for comparative politics. She is a member of EGAP (Experiments in Governance and Politics).
Director, Institute for Social Research
David Lam is the Director of the Institute for Social Research. Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center. Professor Lam’s research focuses on the interaction of economics and demography in developing countries, including analysis of the economics of population growth, fertility, marriage, and aging. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Rio de Janeiro in 1989-90. He was a visiting professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town in 1997-98 and again in 2004-06. His collaborations with the University of Cape Town include the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. David is past-President, Population Association of America.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Brian Min studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics, and civil conflict. His current research asks: How do governments distribute basic public services when budget constraints necessitate their rationing? Using satellite imagery of nighttime lights and other high-resolution geo-coded data available across the entire globe and over time, he analyzes how political institutions affect the delivery of electricity to the poor. His other stream of research focuses on ethnic politics and conflict.
Coordinator, African Social Research Initiative; Assistant Professor, Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Moyer serves as the Coordinator of ASRI, as well as Associate Director of Global REACH in the Medical School. Her area of expertise is in the social and cultural factors that impact maternal and neonatal outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Ghana. She has been working in Ghana for more than a decade on a host of studies associated with maternal and neonatal health, including co-Directing a 3-year, USAID-Ghana funded project that combines social autopsy, spatial visualization, and community engagement to address the social and cultural factors associated with maternal and neonatal deaths and “near-misses”, or those mothers and babies who almost died but ultimately survived. The project, known as PREMAND (Preventing Maternal And Neonatal Deaths), takes place in four districts spanning three of the northern regions of Ghana and is a joint effort with partners at the Navrongo Health Research Centre.
Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies and Department of Political Science
Anne Pitcher is a professor in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies and by courtesy, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty associate in the Center for Political Studies and past coordinator of the African Social Research Initiative at the University of Michigan. She is the vice-president of the African Studies Association and previously served as the chair of the African Politics Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association. Pitcher relies on multi-method approaches to study distributive politics in sub-saharan Africa including Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, and South Africa. Her publications include a recent book published by Cambridge University Press entitled Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies (2012). Pitcher’s current research examines how ruling parties across different regime types use distributive goods (especially housing) to build coalitions of support.
Sarah Danielson Rominski
Research Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School
Sarah Rominski is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research focuses on contraception and family planning in Ghana, as well as preventing sexual violence on university campuses. She works to interface with departments conducting work in Ghana as well as other schools across the University.
Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies and School of Public Health
Howard Stein is a Professor in DAAS and also teaches in the Department of Epidemiology.He is a development economist educated in Canada, the US and the UK who has taught in both Asia and Africa. His research has focused on foreign aid, finance and development, structural adjustment, health and development and industrial policy. His latest recently completed volume is entitled “Beyond the World Bank Agenda: An Institutional Approach to Development” (University of Chicago Press, 2008). The book examines the evolution of the World Bank agenda aimed at explaining the failure of their policies in regions like sub-Saharan Africa. The volume also attempts to generate an alternative approach with applications to state formation, financial develolpment and health care policy based on institutional economic theory.
He teaches a variety of courses in DAAS and Epidemiology including the history of African economic development, Africa and post-war development theory and policy and health and socio-economic development. He has been involved in organizing the African Development and Human Security Project which is a DAAS based initiative aimed a building a campus-wide network of graduate students and faculty interested in human security issues on the continent.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor Tessler specializes in Comparative Politics and Middle East Studies. He has studied and/or conducted field research in Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza). He is one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel. He has also spent several years teaching and consulting in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of Professor Tessler’s scholarly publications examine the nature, determinants, and political implications of attitudes and values held by ordinary citizens the Middle East. Professor Tessler has also written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.