Morris Goodman, linguistics, researches Mauritian Creole French and other pidgin languages, Hausa, and Swahili. He is particularly interested in African national language debates.

John Hunwick, history and religion, researches the history of Muslim societies in West Africa. An expert on Arabic sources, his scholarship centers on the development of West African Islamic scholarship and the translation of primary texts and documents. His documentary history, Timbuktu and the Songhay Empire: Al-Saidi's Ta'rikh al-Sudan Down to 1613 and Other Contemporary Documents, won the 2001 African Studies Association Text Prize. Visit John Hunwick's web site.

Hans E. Panofsky, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, served as the foundation curator of Northwestern's Africana collection.

John Rowe, history, specializes in the history of East Africa, with special focus on sociopolitical transformations in the Buganda kingdom in Uganda during the nineteenth century.

Ivor Wilks, history, is an authority on the Asante state in Ghana and Wales in the 19th century. His work examines the nature of power and leadership, and the forms of collaboration and resistance.