Meet the 2018 WC Officers

Updated: May 20, 2019



Josephine Jarpa Dawuni

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WC Co-Convenor, is an assistant professor of political science at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University, her Masters in international development from Ohio University and her professional qualification as a barrister-at-law from the Ghana School of Law. Her research currently focuses on women in the legal professions in Africa. She is the editor, with Judge Akua Kuenyehia, of International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Routledge, 2018) a co-editor with Gretchen Bauer of Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity? (Routledge, 2016). Learn more here.


Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué

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WC Co-Convenor, is an assistant professor of African history at Baylor University. She received her Ph.D. in history from Purdue University in 2013. She holds two additional degrees from Purdue, a master’s degree in history and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from the WGSS Program. As an interdisciplinary feminist scholar, she is particularly interested in the gendering of identities in state, body and religious politics in modern Africa. Her first book examines gender and political identities in twentieth-century Cameroon and is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press (2018). Her work has appeared in Feminist Africa, Gender & History and Journal of West African History. She has forthcoming articles in African Studies Review and Historical Journal. She is currently working on her second book about the history of the Baha’i Faith movement in Cameroon, highlighting issues of masculinity, gender, and religious authority. Learn more here.


Alicia C. Decker

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Membership Secretary, earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Emory University. She also has a master’s degree in Gender Studies from Makerere University in Uganda and a BA in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. Her research and teaching interests include gender and militarism, African women’s history and global feminism. She is the author of In Idi Amin’s Shadow: Women, Gender and Militarism in Uganda (Ohio University Press, 2014), and co-author with Andrea Arrington of Africanizing Democracies: 1980 to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her scholarly articles have appeared in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Women’s History Review, Journal of Eastern African Studies, History Teacher, Afriche e Orienti, Feminist Studies, and Journal of African Military History, as well as various edited book collections. She is co-editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History (forthcoming 2019) and serves on the editorial board at the Journal of African Military History. Learn more here.


Tara Reyelts

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WC Treasurer, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Michigan State University’s history department. She is a student of the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, Nwando Achebe. Tara has been a member of the ASA Women’s Caucus since 2014 and was the Graduate Student Steering Committee member from 2014 to 2017. For 2018, Tara is in Nigeria on Fulbright IIE and Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council grants conducting her dissertation research on legal and gender history in Ogidi, Igboland. On her third trip to Nigeria, and after studying the Igbo language for three years, Tara is conducting archival and oral interview research. She focuses on the transformation of law and justice from the late precolonial era into the colonial period, particularly Ogidi women’s roles in legal and ethical matters during this transition. Learn more here.

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