Our Team

Susan Ford Dorsey Director, Center for African Studies

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. 

Her most recent book (The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement, Harvard University Press, 2018) investigates the convergence of evangelical piety, transnational networks and the rise of industrialized societies in both Southern Africa and North America.  The People's Zion was awarded the American Society of Church History's Albert C Outler Prize for 2019. She is also the co-editor of a volume examining the global dimensions of Christian practice, advocating for a shift away from Western Christianity to the lateral connections connecting southern hemisphere religious practitioners (Relocating World Christianity, Brill, 2017). Read more about her work here.
Cabrita did her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. Before moving to Stanford, she held permanent posts at SOAS (University of London) and the University of Cambridge. Her research has been recognized by two major early-career research prizes, the British Arts and Humanities Early Career Research Fellowship (2015) and the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017).


Program Coordinator

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.

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