Meet Our Director

Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C. She has an LLB from the University of Ghana and is a Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. Her primary areas of research include judicial politics, gender and the law, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing and democratization.

She is the co-editor ofInternational Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives(Routledge, 2018) and Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From obscurity to parity? (Routledge, 2016). Her works have appeared in journals such as Studies in Gender and Development in Africa, Journal of African Law and Africa Today. Her areas of teaching are largely anchored between Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a focus on gender and the law, African politics and international human rights.

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Steering Committee

Krista Johnson 

Position at Howard: Director 

School / College: College of Arts & Sciences

Department / Office: Center for African Studies

Additional Position: Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, African Studies, Co-Convenor, COAS Center: Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective

Carolyn Byerly 

Position at Howard: Chair

School / College: School of Communications

Department / Office: Communication Culture and Media Studies

Additional Position: Graduate Professor, COAS Center: Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective, Communication, Culture & Media Studies Department

Thomas Forster 

Position at Howard: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Social Sciences; LGBTQ Affairs

School / College: College of Arts & Sciences

Department / Office: Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Science

Additional Position: COAS Center: Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective

Jeanne Maddox Toungara 

Position at Howard: Former Associate Professor of History

School / College: College of Arts & Sciences

Department / Office: History

Additional Position: Former Director of the History Graduate Program, COAS Center: Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective

Okianer Dark 

Position at Howard: Associate Provost and Professor of Law

School / College: School of Law

Department / Office: Office of Faculty Development 

Additional Position: Associate Provost for Faculty Development in the Office of the Provost for Howard University, Professor of Law, COAS Center: Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective, Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


 

Affiliated Faculty

Carolyn Byerly

Chair

Communication Culture and Media Studies

Okianer Christian Dark

Professor of Law and Associate Provost for Faculty Development

Office of the Provost

Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

Professor

History

Marina del Sol

She/Her

Master Instructor

English

Arti Mehta

Lecturer (Adjunct)

Classics

Ravi Perry

He/Him/His

Chair

Political Science

Valethia Watkins

Faculty

Afro American Studies

Almaz Zewde

Associate Professor

African Studies

Student Fellows

Anais Opara