Africa Summit

University-Wide Faculty, Administrators and Staff Expertise

A large number of University of Nebraska faculty, administrators, staff and graduate students have conducted research in, teach about, or have interest in one or more countries in Africa. NU faculty and staff are listed below, while NU graduate students are listed here.

If you would like to be included in this list, please email Dr. Steven Duke at Central Administration,


Faculty Expertise

John E. Anderson

Baird Family Professor

  • South Africa, Zambia, Egypt, Economics, public finance

Shimelis Beyene

Visiting Research Scientist

  • Ethiopia, Food Security, Health, Natural Resource Management

Greg Brown


  • South Africa. Health and exercise, aerobic exercise, resistance exercise

Nick Brozovic

Director of Policy

  • Water policy and governance; agricultural water management

John P. Carroll

Professor and Director

  • wildlife, conservation, birds, reserves, Botswana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda.

M. Megan Chacon

Assistant Professor

  • UNMC - Department of Anesthesiology
  • Rwanda, East Africa, Research, Surgical trips, Education

Martina A. Clarke

Assistant Professor of Health Informatics

  • Human computer interaction, user-centered design, usability evaluations of health information technology, needs assessment, clinical workflow analysis, and health disparities

Jason Coleman

Associate Professor

  • Sub-Saharan Africa, primarily Eastern and Southern Africa. Public health, Education abroad

Jessica Corman

Assistant Professor

  • ecology, water quality, cyanobacteria, nutrients, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, East Africa

Dawne Y. Curry

Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies

  • resistance, women and gender, comparative African history, South African history, oral history

Sharon Czarnek

Business Project Specialist

  • community development, grant management, logistics, food production, smallholder farmers, business development, capacity building, East Africa, West Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Niger, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea

Mohamed Dahab


  • Water supply, water quality, water treatment, environmental engineering. North African countries including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania

Salma S. Elhag

Tissue Services Technologist

Alison Freifeld

Professor, Internal Medicine

  • Rwanda, Gitwe, Kigali, public health research

Martha Hoffman Goedert

Assistant Professor, Adjunct

  • Uganda, Mityana Health Systems, Mityana Uganda and Gayaza Clinic (John 23rd Clinic), Tanzania, University of Dodoma, Mvumi Mission Hospital for ophthalmology and midwifery, Mpwapwa District for zanhanti primary care, Togo, Agebelouve Primary Health Care, Global Partners in Hope, Kenya, Mtn Meru, St. Theresa Mission Hospital in Kiirua, Consolata Hospital in Nkubu with newborn unit at Consolata.

Faye Haggar

Director, Education Development & Academic Technology

  • Rwanda, Gitwe, Surviving Sepsis, Anesthesiology, Education, Digital Learning

Ted Hamann


UNL - Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Jennifer Harbour

Assistant Professor

  • history of Africa; sexual violence in conflict zones; genocide; women, gender, and sexuality; child soldiers and child slavery

Ashraf Aly Hassan

Research Assistant Professor

  • North Africa, Sub-Sahara, Arabic, Environmental engineering, water treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, air pollution

Mary Hallin


  • health care, business, anthropology, Cameroon, West Africa

Rachael Herpel

Assistant Director

  • UN Central Administration - Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
  • water, agriculture, irrigation, education, Tanzania, Ethiopia, MENA

Shannon Bartelt Hunt

Professor of Civil Engineering

  • Engineers Without Borders; service learning; agricultural water reuse; water quality; Madagascar, Zambia, MENA, Rwanda

Nikitah Imani


  • Pan-Africanism, Afrocentric philosophy and sociocultural analysis

Ayman Ismail

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Kyle Johnson

Physician, Anesthesiologist

  • Rwanda, surgical care, resident education

Cale Kassel

Assistant Professor

  • Rwanda, Medicine, Anesthesiology

Ramazan Kilinc

Associate Professor

  • Egypt, Tunisia, authoritarianism and democracy, development

Lydiah Kiramba

Assistant Professor

  • Educational Linguistics and Literacy Studies

Nick Kocmich

Data manager

James Lawler

Associate Professor of Medicine

  • Sepsis, viral hemorrhagic fevers, emerging infectious disease, preparedness, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria.

Steven J. Lisco

Professor and Chairman

  • Medical Missions; Medical education; Rwanda; Gitwe

Betty Love

Associate Professor of Mathematics

  • Eastern Africa, computational thinking, coding, math, art

Martha Mamo

Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture

  • Ethiopia, Soil and Water Management; Food and Feed Security; Capacity Building; Education

Ng'ang'a Muchiri

Assistant Professor

  • African literature; African land rights; African water rights; African photography; urban studies;

Victoria Nakibuuka Muli

Global Education and Research Programs Administrator

  • Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya; Luganda

Imafedia Okhamafe


  • Contexts of Research, Pedagogy, Community Engagement, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Universities in Edo State of Nigeria

Juliette Parnell

Professor of French

  • I currently teach an undergraduate and graduate class on Francophone West Africa Cultures

Andrew J. Patterson

Larson Professor of Anesthesiology

  • Rwanda, Gitwe, Surviving Sepsis, Anesthesiology

Mark Pegg


  • Namibia, South Africa, invasive species, community ecology

Louis Pol


Karla Prieto

Instructor- Training Coordinator

  • Next-Generation Sequencing in Kenya, Ghana, Liberia and Senegal.

Teshome Regassa

Research Assistant Professor

  • Farming Systems, Small Holder Farming, Food Security, Mixed Crop-Livestock Farming, Synergy

S. Kay Rockwell

Professor Emerita

  • Kitui, Kenya; Swahili; agriculture in semi-arid region with underground salty water & needs of HIV orphan families

Eleanor G. Rogan

Professor and Chair

  • water quality; health; nutrition; agriculture

Pamela J. Smith


  • translations (Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

Daniel Snow

Laboratory Director

  • Water chemistry and quality, Nigeria, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, South Africa

David Swanson

Director, Holland Computing Center

  • Distributed computing, high performance computing

Julie Tippens

Assistant Professor

  • East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania; refugees (urban refugees, refugee camps); refugee health (psychosocial/mental health; maternal health); community health worker (CHW) models

Guy Trainin

Professor of Education

  • Education, South Africa, literacy

Elizabeth VanWormer

Assistant Professor and One Health Coordinator

  • One Health, epidemiology, wildlife and livestock health, zoonotic diseases, community - based research

Nicole Wall

Research and Outreach Specialist

  • Drought, Monitoring, Forecasting, Disaster Management, Health

Michael Wiley

Research Assistant Professor

  • UNMC - Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health
  • Next-Generation Sequencing in Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, and Senegal

Paul A. Williams

Department Chair and Associate Professor

  • Central Africa, Congo (DRC), historical anthropology of religion, education, health practice, human rights

James A. Wilson

Associate Professor

  • Ecology, Mammalogy

Charles Wortmann

Professor of Agronomy

  • Soil and water management for more productive, profitable, resilient, and sustainable farming systems; capacity building for agricultural research and extension in Africa.

Allison Zach

Nebraska Invasive species Program Coordinator

  • Invasive Species