Africa Center

Our Mission

The mission of the Africa Center at ICRS is to expand and enhance knowledge and understanding of Africa, and its engagement in international affairs. In doing so, it works to foster a rigorous academic program for faculty and students in the Denver community and beyond who have an area studies interest in Africa and Africa in the diaspora, to promote excellence in teaching on Africa, and to facilitate research, dialogue, and immersive experiences and exchange for both students and faculty.

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“As countries continue to grapple with COVID-19, the pandemic's impact on the African people has been less severe relative to the Western world. The Africa Center this year will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, democratic institutions, peace, security, and human development in Africa. We will also develop partnerships within the school, across campus and with African universities to foster learning, research and cultural experiences.”

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  • Abigail Kabandula
    Research Scientist, Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School

    Research Interests: African Union peace operations and counter-terrorism on the Horn of Africa; transnational organized crime, piracy, diaspora financing of terrorism and conflict; rising powers, development and security on the Horn of Africa; gender, peace and security.

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Core Faculty

  • Marie Berry
    Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School

    Research Interests: Women, peace and security, including the political, economic, and social consequences of armed conflict with a particular focus on social mobilization in war-time and the longer-term political consequences for women’s rights and power. 

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  • Singumbe Muyeba
    Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School 

    Research Interests: African development, urbanization, institutions and poverty reduction; property rights in urban slums and their effects on health and households in Sub-Saharan African cities; housing interventions in the U.S.; foreign aid targeted at pro-poor sectors; women and people of color in the construction trades.  

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  • Timothy Sisk
    Professor, Josef Korbel School   

    Research Interests: Armed conflict and political violence, together with understanding and evaluation of processes of conflict prevention, management, and peacebuilding in fragile and post-war contexts. 

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  • Bob Uttaro
    Teaching Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School 

    Research Interests: International development, international political economy, public policy and public administration.

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  • Peter Van Arsdale
    Adjunct Professor, Josef Korbel School  

    Research Interests: Humanitarian aid, complex emergencies, human rights, community development, and cross-cultural relations.

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