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Release: Dec. 6, 2000

Barkan is named treasurer of African Studies Association

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sandra Barkan, an assistant dean in the University of Iowa Graduate College, has been appointed to a three-year term as treasurer of the African Studies Association (ASA).

The ASA was founded in 1957 to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. With 3,000 individual and 600 institutional members, the association is the leading North American organization that promotes African studies. The ASA sponsors an annual meeting, which has grown into one of the largest gatherings of Africanists in the world. The association also has an active publications program, which includes the "African Studies Review," "Issue: A Journal of Opinion," "ASA News," "History in Africa," and many occasional publications.

In addition to serving in the Graduate College, Barkan is an adjunct faculty member in the department of cinema and comparative literature. She has extensive experience studying, teaching and conducting research in several countries in Africa including Uganda (Makerere University) and Tanzania (University of Dar es Salaam). She has also been a student and researcher in France, England and India.

Barkan has served as treasurer, vice president, president and past president of the African Literature Association, an international organization of Africanist literary scholars and African writers. She served last year as interim director of the UI International Writing Program and is currently past president of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. Barkan's current primary research interests center around the many issues surrounding a writer's choice of language and also South African literature in transition.

Barkan received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the UI and French literature degrees from Cornell University and the University of California at Los Angeles.