Wendy Wilson Fall is Chair and Associate Professor in Pan African Studies and Adjunct in Anthropology at Kent State University. Before moving to Kent, Ohio, Dr. Wilson-Fall was Director of the West African Research Center, where she served for five years. Wilson-Fall has her PhD from Howard University's African Studies Center (1984), where she did a concentration in Social Anthropology. She received her Masters from Amadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. She has published articles on Fulani pastoralists and herding, monographs on various rural development issues, and other works on themes of identity, culture, local histories and social space. Dr. Wilson is a participant in the WARA project "The Sahara Crossroads Initiative" which seeks to examine current paradigms on studies of Saharan socio-economic history and culture. Other recent of Dr. Fall's work includes research on people of Afro-Malagasy descent in African diaspora communities in the Americas. Recent work includes "Life Stories and Ancestor Debts," in Candido, Lovejoy and Araujo (Africa World Press, 2011) and "Re-thinking Femininity & Power: Women Merchants and Slave Traders at St. Mary's and St. Louis" in Ana Lucia Araujo, editor, Atlantic Slaving Paths: Rebuilding and Rethinking the Atlantic Worlds, Cambria Press, forthcoming, 2011. A current book project is on African American families of "Afro-Malagasy" ancestry, at this time under review at an academic press. Dr. Wilson is a recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre Nationale of the Republic of Niger, a fellowship from the Rockefeller Library at the Williamsburg Foundation (Virginia), and selected scholar for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Hanover, 2004).