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By Symmadar Schand
University News October 18, 2011      
Howard Professor Editor of Newly Released Encyclopedia of South Africa

Krista Johnson, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON – Krista Johnson, Ph.D., Howard University assistant professor in the Department of African Studies and 2011/2012 Fulbright recipient, recently released the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of South Africa.

The 400-page book, also edited by Sean Jacobs, an assistant professor of international affairs at The New School, has been described as an authoritative, comprehensive reference work, which covers South Africa’s history, government, law, politics, society, culture, economy, infrastructure, environment and more.

Encyclopedia of South Africa, published in September 2011, has already received key endorsements. Indiana University and Boston University librarians hailed the work as pioneering and have noted it’s significant value for emerging scholars, researchers and a general audience interested in South Africa.

“The Encyclopedia of South Africa offers a well-rounded overview of the country… its history and politics, as well as social and cultural phenomena… in all of its diversity and complexity. It is a strong contribution to the field,” said Marion Frank-Wilson of Herman B Wells Library of Indiana University.

As announced this summer, Johnson will head to southern Africa on a Fulbright grant in January 2012 to examine the government and donor community’s response to the AIDS epidemic.  Her placement has been moved from Zimbabwe to Botswana, where she will be based at the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS at the University of Botswana in Gaborone.

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