Five College African Studies professors honored for editing national journal

Sean Redding and Elliot Fratkin received the African Studies Association Service Award for editing the association’s scholarly journal, African Studies Review, at the 2017 ASA annual meeting in Chicago last November. 

Redding is the Zephaniah Swift Moore Professor of History at Amherst College and Fratkin is the Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies at Smith College; both are members of the Five College African Studies Program, which coordinates offerings of Africa-related courses on all five campuses, plans seminars, organizes study-in-Africa opportunities and manages visits to the area by African scholars and artists.

They served as editors of African Studies Review from 2010 to 2017. Under their leadership, the journal created an international advisory board, broadened the participation of African and junior scholars, instituted the annual African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture, ran workshops for emerging scholars and oversaw the publication of articles, book reviews and film reviews of broad interdisciplinary interest.

The African Studies Review, published three times a year by Cambridge University Press, features African studies scholarship in all academic disciplines. The ASA Service Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding dedication to ASA’s mission of encouraging production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa.