Institute of African Studies

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The Institute of African Studies is one of several SIPA-affiliated regional studies centers. It was founded in 1959. After a controversial closing over the summer of 2006, it reopened in July 2007.[1]

Formerly led by anthropologist and political scientist Mahmood Mamdani, who retired to teaching, it is being directed, as of September 2007, by West African historian Mamadou Diouf.

It is home to the African Studies Library, which is the country’s tenth largest African studies library and learning resource center.


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