The Institute for African Studies
Examining contemporary issues in Africa is an important component in the study of international affairs, both for its own sake and for understanding and responding to broader global issues. Most of the major issues confronting the global community today are at play in Africa, which also is one of the fastest growing economic growth regions in the world today.
In spring 2016, GW officially chartered the Institute for African Studies with the goal of building the most significant academic institution in Washington, D.C., for research, scholarship, education, and debate on African issues.
The institute will provide the structural hub for students, faculty, and researchers who share an interest in African studies. GW currently boasts more than 50 faculty members with expertise on and engagement in Africa. The Institute for AFrican Studies will be rooted in the disciplines of African comparative politics, history, economics, anthropology, geography, languages, and security studies. While the core faculty will comprise scholars from these fields, GW faculty working in areas such as business, public health, education, public administration, the humanities, women’s studies, and American studies will be instrumental in supporting the breadth of the institute. True to the university’s strategic emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and the Elliott School’s multidisciplinary identity, the institute will collaborate with scholars across campus from these – and other – areas.
From its inception, the institute will be designed to earn status as a Title VI National Resource Center for African Studies. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Resource Center (NRC) Program provides funding grants (“Title VI grants”) to American universities to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language.