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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

All about the Big Give 2022

Friday, December 17, 2021

End of year letter from CAS Director, Leonardo Arriola

Photo of Cecil Chikezie, MEng ’22 (BioE)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Berkeley Graduate Division GradNews November 2021, Graduate Student and Alumni Highlights, 2021 Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Recipient: Cecil Chikezie, MEng '22 (BioE)

Portrait Photo of Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí, an alum of Sociology and a Rocca Fellow, wins the 2021 Distinguished Africanist Award.

Dan Kammen sitting in front of full book shelves
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Professor Dan Kammen (Energy and Resource Group) has been selected to serve as senior adviser for energy, climate and innovation for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the agency announced in October 2021. (Berkeley News article by Kara Manke, 10/20/2021)

Headshot of Juliana Friend
Friday, September 10, 2021

In this podcast, Matrix content curator Julia Sizek interviews Juliana Friend, a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, whose research focuses on the intersection of technology, privacy, and culture. Juliana was also a 2017 Rocca Fellow.

Head shot of Dr. Sam Dubal
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Memory of Dr. Sam Dubal Honored Through $1M Anthropology Fellowship. Dr. Dubal was a CAS Rocca Fellow and an active participant in Center activities.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

UC Berkeley scientist and former CAS Rocca Fellow Patrick Gonzalez to advise White House on climate change and biodiversity

American Political Science Association Review Journal Cover
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The American Political Science Association's Political Science Now newsletter features an article summarizing the new APSR article "Democratic Subversion: Elite Cooptation and Opposition Fragmentation" by CAS Director Leo Arriola, Alumni Anne Meng (U of Virginia) and Jed DeVaro (CSU East Bay).

3 African language instructors: S. Assefa, D. Kyeu, G. Ajaelo
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Four African Languages - Arabic, Amharic, Igbo and Swahili - taught at UC Berkeley Fall 2021.

Monday, June 7, 2021

The UC Berkeley Center for African Studies is a co-sponsor of the 14th Africa Sports Conference. More details are here:

3 team leaders - two women and man - smiling
Monday, April 26, 2021

From AllAfrica: Building a Resilient Business Amidst a Pandemic: How a Young Female Entrepreneur from Africa is Keeping a Business Afloat During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Woman typing on laptop
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Gretchen Kell

COVID Stories: UCB MCF Scholar teach young Ugandan women to code. This story highlights Gloria Tumushabe, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Leonardo Arriola Portrait
Saturday, December 26, 2020

End of year letter from CAS Director, Leonardo Arriola

Portrait of Justine Davis
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Justine Davis wins WPSA Best Dissertation Award for work on the wartime experiences of civic leaders in Côte d’Ivoire


Thabani Nyoni portrait
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Thabani Nyoni, Mastercard Foundation Scholar and Social Welfare Alum, shares insights on COVID-19-Compliant Strategies for PLWA in Africa

Berkeley Linguistics
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Employment Possibility for an African Student/Visitor/Spouse working with Professor Larry Hyman on a minority African language in a Linguistics Field Methods course in Spring 2021. More details below.

Youjin Chung photo next to tessellation
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Yougin Chung is a new faculty member in ESPM and ERG at UC Berkeley. Here is her website:

3 African language instructors: S. Assefa, S Mchombo, G. Ajaelo
Monday, August 24, 2020

Four African Languages - Arabic, Amharic, Igbo and Swahili - taught at UC Berkeley Fall 2020.

Collage of photos of 7 J-School MCF Scholar Alumni
Friday, August 21, 2020

"Meet Berkeley Journalism’s 7 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni," by Sam Goldman, 2020 August 20.

Story published by the Journalism School:

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program logo
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Berkeley’s Center for African Studies renews Mastercard Foundation grant to support over 100 African students in degree programs

Screen shot of CAS YouTube home page
Friday, August 14, 2020

The Center for African Studies welcomes you to visit our YouTube channel.

Market scene
Monday, May 4, 2020

Astrid R.N. Haas and Rachel Strohm explore a novel idea: integrating urban and rural safety nets in Africa during the pandemic

View overlooking Urban Informal Settlement Likely in Nairobi
Monday, April 27, 2020

Jason Corburn, UCB professor of Public Health and City & Regional Planning is lead author on COVID-19 challenges in urban slums and what government can do. Corburn, J., Vlahov, D., Mberu, B. et al. Slum Health: Arresting COVID-19 and Improving Well-Being in Urban Informal Settlements. J Urban Health (2020).

Friday, April 17, 2020

Allison Grossman, Rocca Fellow and Political Science Ph.D. student, offers insights on effective public health messaging in West Africa.

Summer 2020 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) deadline extended
Friday, February 7, 2020 to Monday, March 2, 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020


A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best senior thesis written by a UC Berkeley undergraduate on a topic related to Africa. The thesis can be wrtitten in any discipline or major. Applicants must submit an online application form, along with submitting a copy of the paper or theis and a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor to Deadline for submission: Friday, April 3, 2020.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Elementary Igbo to start this Fall!  Thursdays and Fridays 12 pm - 2 pm, location to be confirmed. Taught by Ugo Nwokeji and Gladys Ajaelo.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Martha Saavedra and Leonardo Arriola

Every semester, UC Berkeley offers many new courses. The Amharic language course offered this spring is especially noteworthy. Except for a brief pilot program in 2006, this is the first semester students are able to take a course in Amharic, one of the languages of Ethiopia, which is spoken by nearly 26 million people worldwide.

Nairobi’s congestion problem has many causes but few easy solutions as the matatu ban showed. Credit: chmoss.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Rachel Strohm

While other major cities are blocking private cars to encourage the use of buses, Nairobi is moving in the opposite direction.

Mzungu1, Isla Dogs, 2016
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Through the Black Country or, The Sources of the Thames Around the Great Shires of Lower England and Down the Severn River to the Atlantic Ocean, an exhibition by Allan DeSouza exhibition, Chair of Art Practice, runs through 4 November at the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco. Transposing Henry Stanley's 1870 journals, the exhibition inverts the colonial expedition to trace a 2016 fictional journey to discover the source of the River Thames in England.

UCB MCF Scholars Team in Mathare
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Sarah Lebu

Sarah Lebu and other UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars facilitated a day of community outreach at the Msedo grounds in Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah Lebu writes about this event in a post on

Big Give and African Studies 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018

Thanks to all for giving big.

Grant Harris
Monday, March 5, 2018

On Thursday, March 1st, Grant Harris shared with the UC Berkeley community his insights on why Africa matters to US national security.

Cover of USIP Report on South Sudan's Renewable Energy Potential
Friday, January 5, 2018
Professor Daniel Kammen (ERG, RAEL and GSPP) has authored a new report, South Sudan’s Renewable Energy Potential: A Building Block for Peace, co-authored with Mr. David Mozersky and published by the United States Institute of Peace.
Leo Arriola and Martha Johnson, co-organizers of African Women in Power Workshop
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Leonardo Arriola, Director of CAS and Associate Professor of Political Science, and Martha Johnson, Mills College, hosted a workshop at UC Berkeley on 3-4 September 2017 for junior and senior scholars studying the role of African women in politics.

Washington Post logo initials
Monday, August 7, 2017

Leo Arriola and Danny Choi share insights on the 2017 Kenyan election on the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog.

ASR Logo
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CAS Director Leo Arriola joins the editorial board for the African Studies Review.

Prison Writing of Goven Mbeki
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Center for African Studies announces The Govan Mbeki Fund, inspired by South African native and Geography Professor Emerita Gillian Hart and energized by Geography and Environmental Science, Policy and Management Professor Louise Fortmann.

Senegal's Women's Basketball Team
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Center for African Studies with support from the Institute of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley organized a two-day research workshop: African athletes & migration to the European Union – Beyond Men’s Football on May 9-10, 2017

Photo: The Senegalese Women's Basketball team prior to Rio 2016 (link currently unavailable). Most of the team members play for clubs in Europe.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Munyaradzi Makoni

 Munya Mahiya, a student from Zimbabwe, faced major challenges completing high school while enduring cancer treatments. Now as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at Berkeley, he is studying disability and poverty with the hope of improving education for disabled students. He points out it's not just an African problem. "Globally, governments are failing to meet the basic needs - and particularly the educational needs - of its citizens living with disabilities," he says. "How we look at disability, distinguish different types of disabilities, and what kind of assistance is required for various disabilities will define how the education system can create opportunities for young people who often aren't included."


Christine with Eagle
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ESPM doctoral student Christine Wilkerson discusses how she used the Rocca PreDissertation Fellowship to develop her research project and decide fieldwork locations.