Dr Joe ​Lugalla

Director, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa

​The Director, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa is responsible for the leadership, operation and management of the Institute. This includes long-term strategic planning, academic development and the collaborative management of the Institute's financial, administrative and human resources. The Director also functions as the Principal of Aga Khan University - Tanzania Institute of Higher Education.

Dr Lugalla  was born and raised in Tanzania. After training as a teacher, he taught in both elementary and secondary schools before joining the University of Dar es Salaam in 1979. He obtained a BA (Honors) in Sociology in 1982 and subsequently joined the University as a Tutorial Assistant in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In 1984, he received his MA in Sociology / Anthropology. That same year, Joe travelled to Germany where he went on to complete a PhD in Social Science from the University of Bremen and a Post-Doctoral Diploma in Higher Education and International Development from the University of Kassel (1990). Dr Lugalla returned to Tanzania and rejoined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Dar es Salaam, becoming Head of the Department of Sociology in 1991, a position he held until 1994. From 1993-94 he served as a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In August 1994, he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2004 and Chair of the Department in 2007 – a position he held until June 2014. Joe has taught courses, conducted research and published in the areas of medical sociology, medical anthropology, globalization, global health, development, and education. To date he has six books (co-authored, edited volumes and single authored) to his credit and has published in a number of peer reviewed international journals. In addition to teaching, Dr Lugalla is also actively involved in a variety of outreach community development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Tanzania. Until very recently, he served as the President of the United States of America Tanzania Studies Association, a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association of America.