Our Global Reach: Africa

Study Abroad

In Africa, the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs has approved Study Abroad programs in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Visiting International Students Program (VISP)

Barnard participates in a Visiting International Students Program (VISP) Partnership with the University of Ghana.

Global Symposia

In March 2011, Barnard hosted its annual Global Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event brought together leaders—in government, commerce, academia, media, and the arts—for a day of collaboration, networking and discussion, including two panels entitled "Conversations on Leadership" and "Voices of the Next Generation."

Faculty Research

Barnard faculty have lived, studied, researched, and taught all over the world, and they contribute constantly to our contemporary knowledge of cultures and countries around the globe. Below are highlighted only some of the many remarkable faculty at Barnard who are pursuing an international research agenda:

Associate Professor of Political Science 

Professor Autesserre currently works on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. Her latest research project examines successful international contributions to local and bottom-up peacebuilding, while her previous research project focused on the everyday elements that influence peacebuilding interventions on the ground, including extensive fieldwork in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and briefer comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste.

Professor of English and Africana Studies

Professor Christiansë is a South African-born poet, novelist, and scholar, and the author of two books of poetry: Imprendehora (published in South Africa by Kwela Books/Snail Press 2009) and Castaway (Duke University Press, 1999). She teaches poetry and prose of former English colonies (with an emphasis on South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia), narratives of African Diaspora, 20th Century African American Literatures, poetics and creative writing, and her research interests include the nexus between theories of race and gender, class and postcoloniality.

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies 

Professor George specializes in women's history, urban history, the history of childhood in Africa, the study of gender and sexuality in African History, and the history of development work in Africa. She is currently working on a book about the politics of girl-saving and transformations in girlhood in 20th-century colonial Lagos, Nigeria.

Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars

Professor Larkin's research focuses on the ethnography and history of media in Nigeria, exploring how media technologies comprise broader networked infrastructures that shape a whole range of actions from forms of political rule, to new urban spaces, to cultural life. His current book project, provisionally titled Secular Machines: Media and the Materiality of Islamic Revival, analyzes the role media play in the rise of new Islamic movements in Nigeria and explores theoretical questions about technology and religion. 

Student Research

As a result of an international fellowship or scholarship, students have researched in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.


Our global Alumnae Network includes graduates in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Swaziland.