Leah Lippman is a Senior Instructor in Global Studies and the International Studies Minor Advisor at the Institute for Global Engagement. Her work and teaching focus on multi-dimensional poverty and inequalities, globalization and culture change, transnational migration and displacement, gender and family, race and ethnicity, cultural responsive and critical pedagogy. Leah serves on the board of the Institute for Village Studies.
Babafemi Akinrinade is a Professor of Human Rights at Fairhaven College. His teaching and research areas of interest include International Law, International and Regional Human Rights, The Holocaust and Mass Atrocities, Human Trafficking and Smuggling, Transitional Justice, and the Political and Socio-economic relations of African States. He is currently the Fairhaven College Faculty Coordinator of the World Issues Forum and teaches in the Law, Diversity and Justice Program of the College. He previously taught in the University of Chicago's Human Rights Program and Center for International Studies and was a Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also was Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sawyer Seminar on Comparative Truth and Reconciliation Processes, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago. He is the author of Human Rights and State Collapse in Africa (Eleven International Publishing) and completing another book manuscript, Atrocity Crimes, Atrocity Law and Justice in Africa.
Liz Mogford is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Western and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on the social and structural determinants of health, global citizenship, critical pedagogy, and education abroad. She is a leader in WWU's faculty led programs abroad and has led Western students on eleven trips to four countries: Kenya, Rwanda, India, and Nepal. She is a co-founder of the non-profit Just Health Action and serves on the boards of Health Alliance International and the Institute for Village Studies, organizations that view health and education abroad through a social justice lens.
Niall O Murchu
Specific Areas of Interest:
International Studies and Political Economy with foci on ethnicity & nationalism, the Middle East, and race, class & gender.
Dr. Sarah J. Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of history at Western Washington University. Her research focuses on the experiences of women and the operation of gender in West Africa, French Empire, and the Atlantic World. Her first monograph, Militarizing Marriage: West African Soldiers' Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire (Ohio UP, 2020), historicizes militarization, marriage, and colonialism by focusing on tirailleurs sénégalais households in West Africa and across French Empire. Her new research attends to the gendered production of history and memory on Goréé Island--a UNESCO World Heritage site in Senegal. She has published articles in the International Journal of African Historical Studies and Les Temps Modernes.
Dr. Zimmerman offers a range of topically-, thematically-, and chronologically-organized courses broadly related to the history of Africa and African Diasporas. Please visit the history department website for more information.