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Program in African Studies

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Hannah Essien

Hannah Essien

Lecturer

African Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 148A

609-258-1837

hessien@princeton.edu

Essien is a lecturer  with the Program in African Studies and the Arabic Language Program. She comes to Princeton University from Indiana University, where she was an instructor of Twi language and Akan culture in the Department of African Studies. Essien has also taught English at the Ghana Institute of Languages; and Arabic at the University of Ghana, the Summer Cooperative African Languages Institute at Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois. Ph.D. Indiana University.

Mahiri Mwita

Mahiri Mwita

Lecturer

Program in African Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 149B

609-258-4716

mmwita@princeton.edu

Mwita is a lecturer in Swahili in the Program in African Studies and leads the eight-week intensive summer course in Swahili, Princeton in Dar es Salaam. He has taught Swahili at Egerton University in Kenya, where he also served as coordinator of the Swahili program, and more recently at St. Lawrence University in New York. Mwita has a particular interest in comparative literature and drama and is the author of a play, Posa (The Engagement, 1992). He has also written articles on Swahili literature and poetry. Besides his teaching duties, Mwita is working on a book, Improvising Experiential Activities and Creative Learning in the African Language Classroom, and on two collections of poetry. Her earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam.