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Gwendolen M. Carter was a South African specialist and a professor of political science and African studies. Carter first visited Africa in 1948 while working on a study of the British Commonwealth. Her scholarly interests immediately turned to that continent, and she returned to South Africa for a yearlong study in 1952. In addition to receiving Ford and Rockefeller Foundation
Melville J. Herkovits was a pioneer anthropologist and Africanist. Although much of Herskovits’ early work with "New World" (the Americas) cultures focused on the survival of African culture traits, he first studied an African culture in 1931. The Herskovits’ expedition to West Africa was based in Dahomey, with additional work carried out in the Gold Coast and Nigeria. He presided
Melville J. Herkovits was a pioneer anthropologist and Africanist and a Professor of Sociology (1927-38) and of Anthropology (1938-61) at Northwestern University. From 1961 through 1963, he held Northwestern’s Chair of African Studies, the first such position in the United States.