Culture Wildlife and Activism

Danielle Heard Mollel


Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University

B.A., Wesleyan University


Dr. Heard Mollel teaches in the areas of Afro-diasporic, African American, U.S. ethnic, and transpacific literatures and cultures, feminism, cultural studies, performance studies, disability studies, sonic and visual culture, Buddhism and eastern spirituality, all with a mind toward social justice. She is also the co-founder of an organization dedicated to restoring land, rights, and economic self-determination to the Indigenous Maasai people of East Africa. In the summer of 2020, she will be leading a study abroad course in Tanzania open to AAS students and all majors.


“Tanzania: Culture, Wildlife, and Activism” June 22 – July 19, 2020

AAS 177, AAS 198/298


This life-changing adventure takes place in the region known for the world’s most famous wildlife parks, including the great Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, and the home of the semi-nomadic Maasai people. The course begins at the College of African Wildlife Management on the slopes on Mount Kilimanjaro and then moves to a Maasai village where you stay with a local family. We then venture deep into the African bush to live amidst the iconic flora and fauna of the savannah, lakes, and craters. Combining cultural immersion and field lectures on wildlife behavior, conservation, political economy, tourism, human rights, and indigeneity, this course appeals to all majors. Project-based learning and expert-led courses prepare you for independent study projects that aid in community-based efforts of conservation, land rights activism, and cultural survival.