Fallou Ngom, associate professor of anthropology at Boston University in Massachusetts, was appointed director of the African Studies Center in the university’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. The center was established in 1953. More than 90 Boston University faculty members from 20 different academic departments are affiliated with the center.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Ngom stated: “We want to train the best 21st-century experts of Africa across disciplines by providing them with optimal language and cultural skills to understand African realities and opportunities.”
Dr. Ngom’s research is focused on the interactions between African languages and non-African languages. Also, he is an expert on Ajami literatures – records of West African languages written in Arabic script.
Dr. Ngom joined the faculty at Boston University in 2008. Earlier he taught at Western Washington University. A graduate of Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in the African nation of Sénégal, Dr. Ngom holds a master’s degree in French linguistics from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Illinois.