Africa has been understudied, misunderstood, and mythologized. Yet beyond the stereotypes lie dynamic, complex worlds. Middlebury’s African Studies program opens doors to this vast, fascinating, and intriguing continent.

Today, the continent is home to modern nation states, diverse economic systems, and hundreds of languages and cultures. Through trade, religion, migration, arts, and the exploitation of its natural resources, Africa has felt the impact of transnational and global changes. In turn it has affected other regions of the world.

The IGST African Studies Program faculty come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including anthropology, history, languages, music, and political science.

Through interdisciplinary coursework, language competency in French or Swahili, and study abroad, African Studies majors are encouraged to move beyond preconceived notions of Africa to reflect critically and creatively on the position of Africa in our globalized world.

Track Director

Michael Sheridan

Professor of Anthropology

Munroe Hall 105
Office Hours:
Spring Term: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-11am


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Advising Wizard

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Student Theses

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