Elizabeth MacGonagle

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Project Director

Elizabeth MacGonagle, Director of the Kansas African Studies Center and Associate Professor of History and African & African-American Studies, is the Project Director. As a historian of Africa and the Diaspora, her research links nation, culture, and ethnicity to processes of identity formation. She has expertise in issues of history and memory related to the heritage of slavery. As KASC Director for the past two years, she has experience with the administration of a major Title VI NRC and FLAS grant from the Department of Education. She has brought humanities scholars and other experts together for successful public programming on topics such as the recent Ebola outbreak, an Africa world documentary film festival, a literary celebration of the work of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and remembrances of Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela.