Joyce F. Kirk

Associate Professor Emeritus
 Mitchell Hall 214E


PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

Sangomas (traditional doctors/healers), ritual and training in South Africa; Sangomas, STDS and HIV/AIDS Prevention in South Africa; African, African American women & HIV/AIDS prevention; the influence of HIV-AIDS on Families in South Africa; Rites of Passage and African American Transformation; African Americans and the Education Curriculum; African Americans in South Africa in the 20th/21st centuries

Teaching Interests

African Americans in South Africa; Rites of Passage in Black Societies; The effects of HIV/AIDS on South African society; The Nature of slavery and its impact on American society; The roles of European and African civilizations in the emergence of distinctive patterns in African American culture and society. The position, roles and concerns of women in the historical evolution of the African world. The development of social and political institutions in the African world, as well as black urban and rural patterns over time.

Selected Publications

Kirk, J. F.(2009) Bader Grant Annual Report, 2008-2009.10-12.
Kirk, J. F.(1999) Making a Voice: African Resistance to Segregation in South Africa.First Edition, 368. Westview Press.