Established in 2008, the African Studies Center (ASC) supports the exchange of scholars, faculty, knowledge, and resources between the University of Michigan and partnering educational institutions in Africa. A member of the U-M International Institute, the center fosters interdisciplinary research projects between the university and African partners to find imaginative solutions to real-world problems.
ASC has the direct commitment and support of U-M President Mary Sue Coleman to advance African studies at the university and administers four initiatives funded by the Office of the President:
- The U-M African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) brings early career faculty members from Africa to the University of Michigan for mentored residencies of up to six months
- The African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) enhances quantitative social science data collection and analysis conducted in Africa on topics such as poverty, governance, gender, education, and public health
- The African Heritage Initiative (AHI) explores how cultural assets in Africa are historicized, authenticated, accessed, and circulated
- The STEM-Africa Initiative coordinates research efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics between the University of Michigan and partnering educational institutions in Africa
ASC values equitable partnership between the University of Michigan and partnering African institutions and connects scholars with a common interest in Africa.