Joel Cabrita is a historian of modern Southern Africa who focuses on Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and South Africa and an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She examines the transnational networks of the Southern African region including those which connect Southern Africans to the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.
Laura Hubbard, PhD, UC Berkeley, is an anthropologist of youth, media and popular culture. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa focusing on questions of aesthetics and politics, temporality and youth culture, the links of longing and belonging among southern African cities, and the nexus of media and development. Dr. Hubbard's other interests include humanitarianism, the city, race and representation, speculative fiction, television and short film, Afro-futurism, and the aesthetics of hope. In 2013, Dr. Hubbard received the Dean's Award of Merit from the School of H&S for her contributions to African Studies and the broader Stanford community. Dr. Hubbard cherishes and thrives in the music, deep conversations, and many events at CAS. She has an open door policy and welcomes all to enter and share stories and songs anytime. Join her in an ever growing CAS and in calling CAS home for research, for community, and for solace.
Amany Sharafeldin is the new Program Coordinator at The Center for African Studies, where she brings her expertise in behavior science technology and program development. After graduating with honors in Psychology from York University, Amany began her career as a behavioral therapist for children on the spectrum before moving into project coordination for an NGO women's helpline. Amany is committed to creating positive change and improving outcomes for underserved communities and is excited to use her skills to make a meaningful impact at The Center for African Studies. When she's not at work, Amany enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, painting, baking, and trying to coax her very indoor cat outside. A fun fact about Amany is that she is a road trip enthusiast who drove from Mississauga, Canada to the Bay Area in just four days! Amany is thrilled to join The Center for African Studies and work with the individuals who make CAS what it is.