Expert on African pop culture to lead revitalized institute


Eileen Barroso
Mamodou Diouf

Columbia is providing the institute a special three-year, $500,000 seed grant to support the creation of new programs under Diouf. The institute, without a permanent director since 2004, will need to establish its own endowment, Diouf says, to achieve its goal of integrating the work of Columbia scholars who study Africa through history, political science, social sciences, economics and business, earth science, humanities, and the arts.

“Columbia University is probably the best location to bring together very diverse groups involved with Africa — from the United Nations to Wall Street, from Harlem to migrant communities — with the participation of artists and cultural producers,” says Diouf. “I am excited to take up these challenges while contributing to the training of a new generation of Africanists, African experts, and academics.”