Associate professor of women’s and gender studies Emily Burrill credited the African Studies Center with helping her further her research when she first came to UNC.

Burrill is a gender historian focusing on 20th century Africa. Through Title VI funds, she was able to return to Mali and Senegal, which resulted in her book, States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali (Ohio University Press, 2015). Burrill, who is now director of the African Studies Center, said that the center “can serve as a hub for those of us who work on Africa, regardless of our disciplinary orientation.”

The College of Arts and Sciences actively promotes the research and study of global issues. A total of six global area studies centers, including the African Studies Center, the Carolina Asia Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, focus on world regions.

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