Cote d'Ivoire
History - Fulbright-Hays Research Award

Professor Toungara is an Africanist scholar who offers courses on West Africa, the African Diaspora and Women in Africa at Howard University. She also served as Assistant Provost for International Programs for three years, in addition to teaching at the National University of Côte d’Ivoire and the University of Virginia.  Her research interests include West African intellectual history, indigenous thought, pre-colonial state formation, political culture and democratization within francophone African nations, with particular emphasis on Côte d'Ivoire. In pursuing her interest in indigenous ideologies and the cultural foundations of contemporary African politics, Professor Toungara has collected hundreds of hours of oral testimonies in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Program. She is also the recipient of study and research awards from the Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ministry of National Education of Côte d'Ivoire, Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia, the West African Research Association, and Howard University.

Her work has appeared in several journals and edited volumes. She is completing monograph on political culture in the northwestern region of Côte d'Ivoire. Professor Toungara has presented numerous papers at the annual conferences of the African Studies Association, several universities, and internationally, including engagements as an invited speaker for the U.S. State Department (Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Chad, Benin, France and the Netherlands). She actively supports peace and development efforts in sub-Saharan Africa, serving on Côte d'Ivoire Watch and Mali Watch committees, and in June 2000 she was awarded a grant by the U.S. Institute for Peace for training of 15 African women in the Gender Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Building. In addition, she enjoys promoting international programs as a CIES Fulbright Ambassador and campus representative for both faculty and student programs. She chaired the Dean’s Task Force for International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences that led to an international affairs major and minor program proposal.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is participating in a CFR-Lumina Foundation Global Literacy Advisory Group to develop an international core in higher education.