Instructor of Swahili
MA African Languages and Literature | University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus LC 307A
Contact: 305-348-6860 | Please check back for e-mail
Background and Research Interests
Zablon Mgonja is a native of Tanzania. He holds a Master of Arts in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Zablon was a Fulbright Scholar in Nashville Tennessee where he started a Swahili Department at Fisk University in 2006. In 2007, when he moved to Wisconsin, he taught first semester Swahili and always his students would be fluent after 9 weeks of instruction. Zablon participated in National Council for Less Commonly Taught Language and he was selected as the best instructor for Swahili. They recorded a video of his class and can be accessed online by clicking here.
Zablon attended several workshops in African Language teaching and was awarded certificates. While in Tanzania, Zablon has received and hosted many study abroad students and they have enjoyed their experience in Africa. Zablon looks forward to a great experience with his new students at FIU.
Along with teaching SWA 1130 Swahili I and SWA 1131 Swahili II, Zablon will be teaching AFA 2004 Black Popular Cultures: Global Dimensions (a UCC and Global Learning course) and AFA 4372 Race, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop (a Global Learning course).