Early African Studies faculty
From its inception, African Studies at IU has been interdisciplinary, with faculty from departments throughout the university, including Geography, History, Anthropology, Political Science and Fine Arts, forming the core of the program. The ability to recruit and retain faculty to support the study of Africa at IU depended heavily on available funding.
With ongoing funding secured from newly available US Department of Education grants via the Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, recruiting for faculty to teach African history began in earnest that same year. Hopeful letters from applicants detailing their interest and qualifications came in from around the world.