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Walton R. Johnson is a full professor of Africana Studies and Anthropology at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Africa, race relations, and social change. He received a B.A from Oberlin College and an M.A. and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Professor Johnson has conducted fieldwork throughout Africa, the United States and Europe, focusing especially in southern Africa. Much of the research was funded by grants from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, South African Institute of Race Relations, and the Social Science Research Council. His major publications include: Dismantling Apartheid: A South African Town in Transition, Inside the Mixed Marriage: Personal Accounts of Changing Attitudes, Patterns and Perceptions of Cross-Cultural and Interracial Marriages, and Worship and Freedom: A Black American Church in Zambia. Professor Johnson has sailed on two previous voyages with Semester at Sea and also served as an Interport Lecturer for South Africa.


Scott Plous is Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University and Founding Executive Director of Social Psychology Network (, the world’s largest and most international social psychology organization. Professor Plous holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and has traveled, taught, and lectured in dozens of countries. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and is the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association, the William James Book Award (for his book The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making), “Connecticut Professor of the Year” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the American Psychological Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2013 his online Social Psychology class broke the world record for most heavily enrolled synchronous course, registering more than 250,000 students from 200 countries. His research interests focus on prejudice, decision making, information technology, and ethical issues surrounding the use of animals.


Krista E. Wiegand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia Southern University. She will be an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville starting in summer 2014. She studied International Studies for her BA degree (1993) and received an MA in International Affairs (1997), both from the School of International Service at American University. She then received an MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) in Political Science from Duke University. She has travelled extensively to every continent with the exception of Antarctica, and lived in several different countries in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Wiegand regularly teaches study abroad trips to university students, most recently in South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Kosovo, and Egypt.

Dr. Wiegand specializes in international relations, international conflict, conflict resolution, ethnic politics, developing countries, territorial disputes, and terrorism. Her regional specializations are East Asia and the Middle East. She has published two books: Bombs and Ballots: Governance by Islamic Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups and Enduring Territorial Disputes: Strategies of Bargaining, Coercive Diplomacy, and Settlement and several journal articles.