Beverly Mack

Professor Emerita of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies
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Beverly Mack is a Professor Emerita of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies. She regularly taught the following courses:  Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and  Islamic (Sufi) Literature.  Prior to joining KU, Professor Mack taught at Yale University (Hausa language and African Literature), Georgetown University (African History), and George Mason University (African Literature).

Lectures by Professor Mack are available at KU’s Scholarworks site:




Professor Mack’s national awards for individual research include fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation,  Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the AAUW Foundation, five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and two NDEA title VI awards for language and cultural study (Hausa).  She wrote, won, and directed a USDE Title VI International Studies award for the enhancement of Islamic Studies and African languages at the University of Kansas, a Ford Foundation grant for the education of women agricultural extension agents in Nigeria, and a Fulbright Hays Group Project award for intensive summer language study in Nigeria (Hausa). She also received the national African Studies Association’s Text and Translation Book Award for The Collected Works of Nana Asma’u (1793-1864).

At the University of  Kansas Professor Mack has received multiple awards, including:  the inaugural Hall Center Scholars on Site award for collaborative research, the inaugural Sharon and Jeffrey Vitter Award for Engaged Scholarship, the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Book Subvention Award, the Graduate School book subvention award, and multiple awards from the Graduate Research Fund.

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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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