Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development

Faculty and Staff

“The SIT faculty and staff based in Antananarivo went above and beyond in helping me when I needed it, even in areas that were not academic.”

—Program alum

Roland Pritchett, Academic Director
Roland Pritchett received his BA in French and anthropology as well as his MA in French literature from the University of Kansas (KU). As an undergraduate, he participated in an academic year exchange program at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon. Later, a one-year KU graduate direct exchange scholarship allowed him to pursue an interest in sociolinguistics and identity politics at the University of Strasbourg. From 1993 to 1997 Roland served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar where he worked in two locations on projects related to education and community development. In 1997, after his Peace Corps service, Roland returned to Kansas to become the senior program coordinator at KU’s Office of Study Abroad. His responsibilities there included coordination of study abroad programs in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and Africa. He has directed programs for SIT Madagascar since January 2005.

Hanta Raonivololona, Program Assistant and Language Coordinator
Mrs. Raonivololona has served as program assistant with SIT Madagascar since 1994. Her primary responsibilities include general program coordination as well as language coordination and teaching. She holds a license in mathematics, and in 2010 she completed her maîtrise in sociology at the University of Antananarivo. Her academic interests include the sociology of religion in Madagascar. In addition to Malagasy, her mother tongue, she is fluent in French and proficient in English.

Rivo Rajaonah, Administrative Assistant
Mr. Rajaonah has worked with SIT Madagascar since 2000. His primary responsibilities involve program logistics and communication. In addition to Malagasy, his mother tongue, he is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of English.

Professor Rafolo Andrianaivoarivony, PhD
Mr. Rafolo Andrianaivoarivony obtained his doctorate in archaeology, ethnology, and prehistory in April 1989 at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. The title of his thesis was “Archaeology of Lohavohitra – Vonizongo Madagascar – Cultural Heritage.” His area of specialization is African archaeology. Currently he is the director of the Center for Art and Archaeology at the University of Antananarivo. He is also a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of this same university. He was elected to serve as representative of Madagascar on the World Heritage Committee in Paris from 2006 until 2009. In 2009 he received the title HDR (authorization to supervise dissertations). He is a master’s thesis, postgraduate certificate, and doctoral dissertation advisor. In December 2011 he participated in the international colloquium at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. He presented a paper on “New Archaeological Discoveries in the Southwest Indian Ocean.” In 1997 he spent three-and-a-half months at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in order to conduct research on historical anthropology. The focus of this research was on “Religious Legitimization of Power – the Queen’s Palace of Antananarivo.” His career at the University of Antananarivo started in 1982 when he began giving lectures on the archaeology and ancient history of Madagascar. He has now served the University of Antananarivo for 30 years. He published an article titled, “Mixed Cultures of Madagascar between 600–1492” in chapter 5 of the History of Humanity, UNESCO, 2000. He has worked as a lecturer and ISP advisor with the SIT Study Abroad in Madagascar since 1992.

Professor Bernardin Victor Rabarijaona, PhD
Mr. Rabarijaona obtained his doctorate in anthropology in 1995 at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. The title of his dissertation was “The Malagasy through Their Literature of the Sea," and it focused on oral literature with an orientation toward the anthropology of the Vezo (customs, gestures, and dances related to fishing). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Malagasy Language and Literature in the Faculty of Letters and Humanities at the University of Antananarivo. He is in charge of cultural mediation related to francophonie within the school. He also teaches the Malagasy language to foreigners. In 1982 he began his career at the University of Antananarivo as a teaching assistant in charge of tutorials. In 1984 he became assistant research fellow at the same school. He has served the University of Antananarivo for 30 years. He is a master’s thesis and postgraduate certificate advisor. He has worked as a lecturer and ISP advisor with SIT Study Abroad in Madagascar since 1992.

Professor Bakoly Rakouth, PhD
Ms. Bakoly Rakouth obtained her PhD in botany in 1980 at the University of Massachusetts. The title of her dissertation is “Systematics of the Saxifragaceae from Madagascar and the Mascareigne Islands.” Currently, she is vice dean and professor in the Department of Botany, Biology, and Vegetable Ecology in the University of Antananarivo’s Faculty of Sciences. She was chair of the department from 1998 until 2009 when she received the title HDR (authorization to supervise dissertations). She conducted postdoctoral studies in 1994 at the University of Hawai‘i, Maui. In 1980 she began her career at the University of Antananarivo as associate professor at the Faculty of Sciences. She has served at the university for 32 years, during which time she has advised 80 students on their master’s theses or postgraduate certificates. She has attended international conferences on forestry and the conservation of plants in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe), in Latin America (Peru), in Asia (Thailand and Japan), and in Europe (France, Finland, Poland, and Switzerland). She has worked as a lecturer and ISP advisor with SIT Study Abroad in Madagascar since 1992.

Professor Reine Razafimahefa, PhD
Ms. Razafimahefa obtained her doctorate in geomorphology in September 2010 at the University of Antananarivo in partnership with the University of Lyon III, France. The title of her dissertation was “The Superficial Formations of the Antsirabe Basin. Nature and Geomorphic Evolution.” Her specialization is in the areas of physical geography, population geography, and hydrology. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Antananarivo’s Faculty of Letters and Humanities, where she teaches courses to fourth- and fifth-year university students. She also advises students at the master’s and postgraduate certificate levels. In 1982 as a technical assistant she led student tutorials. In 1987 she became a teaching assistant at the university and began giving lectures and leading tutorials with first- and second-year students. She has served at the University of Antananarivo for 30 years. She has worked as a lecturer and ISP advisor with SIT Study Abroad in Madagascar since 2005.


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Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Antananarivo

Language Study: French,  Malagasy

Prerequisites: 3 semesters French Read more...

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