Interdisciplinary Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges

Our Team and Collaborators

 Principle Investigators

Joyce V. Millen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University where she teaches courses in Medical Anthropology and African Studies. She also holds degrees in public health and international relations. Prior to joining the Willamette faculty in 2005 she directed the Institute for Health and Social Justice of Partners In Health and was a research associate, adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School from 1995-2004. She was chief editor of Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor (2000) and co-author of Global AIDS: Myths and Facts (2003). She has worked extensively in West Africa, conducting ethnographic and epidemiological research.  Since 2005 she has been devoted to the study of Africa’s crisis in human resources for health. In 2009 she was awarded this National Science Foundation grant to establish the Institute for the Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges (ISA-CGC) organizes collaborative multi-sited research.

 Amadou T. Fofana, PhD, is Associate Professor of French and Film Studies at Willamette University where he teaches language courses and African and French literature and film. Originally hailing from Senegal, he earned an MA in American Literature and Civilization at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He later received an additional MA in French Language and Literature at Michigan State University and a PhD in African Languages and Literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published books on the Bamana language (2003) and Pulaar language (2002). He co-edited The Histories, Languages, and Cultures of West Africa (2006). He has long specialized in the works of writer and film maker Ousmane Sembene and is currently completing a book on Sembene’s entire film opus.  He has a deeply personal interest in understanding and disseminating the results of the research presented in this volume.

Collaborating Scholars

There are 15 other contributing scholars on this project hail from the four targeted countries and represent a diverse array of backgrounds and disciplines. Some are tenured faculty and others are medical students and graduate students in law, finance, diaspora studies, anthropology, educational leadership, and social work. Others are employed in the private and public sectors. All the contributing authors worked in small teams organized from 2009-2011 by the Institute for the Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges to conduct the ethnographic research for this volume.