Towards Reconciliation in the Motherland: Race, Class, Nationality, Gender, and the Complexities of American Student Presence at the University of Ghana, Legon


  • Jennifer Landau
  • David Chioni Moore



Study Abroad, Ghana, education abroad, race


The following paper, co-written by an American alumna of a U.S.- based study abroad program at the University of Ghana, Legon, and a U.S.-based American professor specializing in International and Black Atlantic Studies, will explore one particularly freighted instance of the end of such assumptions, by addressing the American student presence at the University of Ghana, Legon. Examination of the Legon case will, we hope, be valuable for all study abroad professionals, because the American student presence at Legon challenges all of the traditional assumptions noted just above.


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Author Biographies

Jennifer Landau

Jennifer Landau graduated from Macalester College in 1999 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science. She is currently working as the African Program Coordinator with the Refugee Resettlement Program at the International Institute of New Jersey in Jersey City. 

David Chioni Moore

David Chioni Moore is Associate Professor of International Studies and English at Macalester College, having been educated at Brown, Paris, Dakar, and Duke. He has published on comparative and Black Atlantic literary and cultural topics in Diaspora, PMLA, Research in African Literatures, the Journal of Anthropological Research, the Slavic and East European Journal, Resources for American Literary Study, Transition, and other venues. He is editor of Black Athena Writes Back (by Martin Bernal, 2001) and A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia (by Langston Hughes, forthcoming, though originally published in Moscow in 1934). 


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How to Cite

Landau, J. ., & Moore, D. C. (2001). Towards Reconciliation in the Motherland: Race, Class, Nationality, Gender, and the Complexities of American Student Presence at the University of Ghana, Legon. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 7(1), 25–59.