Abel Chikanda

Assistant Professor, Geography and African and African American Studies
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, room 204

Abel Chikanda is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies and Geography.  He holds a Ph.D. in Geography with specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations from the University of Western Ontario (2010). Professor Chikanda’s main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, international development and the informal sector in Africa.

Professor Chikanda is the lead editor (with Jonathan Crush and Margaret Walton-Roberts) of Diasporas, Development and Governance (Springer, forthcoming, 2016) and co-editor (with Jonathan Crush and Caroline Skinner) of Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa (SAMP, ACC and IDRC, forthcoming, 2015). He has also published articles in geography and African journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Population, Space and Place, The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien, Canadian Journal for African Studies, African Geographical Review and Development Southern Africa. He has also conducted several training workshops for the International Organisation for Migration’s African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration.

Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University and was a research coordinator at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He also held teaching appointments at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo.


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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.

Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).

African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

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Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.

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