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African Studies director selected for Fulbright

ATHENS, Ohio (May 30, 2006) -- W. Stephen Howard, director of African Studies and the Institute for the African Child, and a professor in the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University, has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. He will spend the winter and spring quarters of the 2006-07 academic year teaching and conducting research in Nigeria. 

Howard will teach in the Department of Mass Communication and the Center for Democratic Research and Training at Bayero University in Kano. "We have a strong partnership there and I'm excited to build on that," Howard said. Last year Howard and several other African Studies faculty and staff members traveled to Nigeria to conduct a workshop on participatory research methods at Bayero. Howard's Fulbright award will also enable him to conduct research for two books he is now working on, one on new research methods in Nigeria and one on the state of Nigeria's children.

"I'm truly delighted to accept this opportunity to live in Nigeria," Howard said. "I've long wanted to spend a good period of time in Africa's largest country. Nigeria is so enormous and complicated I have to live there to figure it out so I can teach about it." 

Howard has taught at Ohio University since 1986 and has led the African Studies Program since 1991. His research interests include rural development in Africa, social movements in Africa, Islam and sociocultural change, and children and African development. He teaches courses on research methods and field methods in Africa, participatory research methods, Islam in Africa and communication in the Muslim world. Throughout his career, Howard has combined scholarly research and practical applications. He served as a consultant or advisor for numerous government and nongovernmental organizations including the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Agency for International Development, the Otomfuo Education Trust Fund and Africare.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Howard has authored a number of articles, and with Arvind Singhal, co-authored "The Children of Africa Cope with AIDS: Challenges and Possibilities," a book published by Ohio University Press in 2003.

Howard earned a doctorate in sociology and African studies and a master's degree in education and development studies from Michigan State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs from Georgetown University. He has taught and conducted research in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania and Yemen. Howard is a three-time Fulbright award winner, having previously received two Fulbright-Hays awards for research in Sudan. He served in the United States Peace Corps as a secondary school teacher in Chad. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 

For more information on the program, visit the Fulbright Scholar Web page at www.cies.org/us_scholars/

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Media Contact: Director of African Studies W. Stephen Howard, (740) 593-1834 or howard@ohio.edu, or Assistant Direction of Communication and Graduate Programming Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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