Toby Leon Moorsom
Toby Leon Moorsom holds a PhD from the Department of History, Queen’s University, conducted under the supervision of Marc Epprecht and Robert Shenton. His dissertation examined the impact of neoliberal economic policies upon Tonga ‘emergent’ farmers in Southern Zambia. Toby’s prior degrees are in Political Science (York) and International Development Studies and Political Science (Dalhousie). He specializes in the history and political economy of development, environmental and agricultural history, and Africa in the global political economy.
Toby has taught at Queen’s University in in the department of Political Studies and the Department of History, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (Political Science), Trent University (History), and Carleton (Institute of African Studies, Political Science). He has received strong student evaluations and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Capital Educators’ Award.
Along with being a contributing editor on the Editorial Collective of the Nokoko Journal of African Studies, Toby has published in Review of African Political Economy, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Socialist Studies, Pambazuka, The Bullet, Rankandfile.ca and Al Jazeera English, among other places.
Toby is a Research Fellow of the BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) based out of the International Institute for Social Studies in the Hague. He has also been a Research Affiliate in the Department of History at the University of Zambia.
Toby’s academic work has always coincided with deep commitments to anti-poverty, global justice, food justice, and labour activism. For many years he was also a DJ, most recently with the Kingston-based Soul Shakedown Collective, which raises funds for social justice organizations while spinning world-beats in a celebratory anti-oppressive space.