- Sinmi Akin-Aina, African Leadership Centre for Peace, Conflict and Development Research
Sinmi Akin-Aina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Sinmi has done extensive work in research, advocacy, and programming with refugee and immigrant communities and young women, on the African continent and internationally. Her research focus is on urban refugees in Kenya, refugee and immigration policy in Africa and internationally, gender-based violence in conflict settings and African gender studies. Sinmi is currently a Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre for Peace, Conflict and Development Research, a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. Sinmi has previously worked at the YWCA Montreal, the Library of Parliament Canada, and UNICEF Kenya.
- James Nii Ayite Aryee, Federal Civil Servant, Ottawa
Dr. James Nii Ayite Aryee, a keen follower of African political and economic issues, holds an LL.M in International Law as well as an MA and Ph.D specializing in International Relations. He was a member of the Political Studies Department at the University of Manitoba where he taught courses in the following fields: Canadian Federalism; American Politics; Canadian Political Parties; and The European Union in World Politics. Dr. Aryee is currently a member of the Federal Civil Service and is based in Ottawa.
- Daniel Baheta, Senior Development Officer, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Daniel Baheta has PhD degree from the University of Kyoto Japan in African studies and International Development. He obtained his Master’s degree in African Education from the University of Kyoto and his honors degree from Carleton University in Political Science and Sociology. Currently, Daniel works with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He has worked at the Canadian International Development Agency since February 2006. As a Development Officer, he manages a portfolio of 5 operational projects (over $30 million in value), in Sudan focused around the sectors of governance, gender, education and capacity building. Daniel uses a range of monitoring and evaluation techniques for these projects and works with local and Canadian partners to improve the life of people in Sudan. He also has direct experience in negotiating and managing a variety of stakeholder need in international development. His accomplishments include three international publications regarding Eritrean Education, two countrywide survey reports in Basic Human Rights and Education in Eritrea and one research paper regarding the Eritrean Diasporas in Canada. He has advocated and helped lunched two successful human right policy campaigns in increasing awareness in girls’ education in Eritrea. His life experiences in Africa as citizen of Ethiopia where he was born from Eritrean parents and as a refugee in Kenya, his educational background in Europe, North America and Asia has given him chance to broaden his cross-cultural interaction with different communities and societies around the world.
- Emma Bider
Emma Bider is a freelance editor based in Ottawa with a master’s degree in anthropology from Carleton University. Her thesis combined ethnomusicology and anthropology to analyze how drumming evoked a notion of home and cultural identity for Tuareg women living in Europe. She intends to pursue her PhD in anthropology in September 2019.
- Logan Cochrane, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Global and International Studies, Carleton
Logan Cochrane is a Banting Fellow at Carleton University (Global and International Studies) and Adjunct Professor at Hawassa University (Institute for Policy and Development Research). His research includes diverse geographic and disciplinary foci, covering broad thematic areas of food security, climate change, social justice, governance and collective action. Logan acts as a consultant for governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, seeking to create bridges between research and practice..
- Christine Duff, French, Carleton University
Christine Duff (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is Associate Professor in the Department of French at Carleton University. She specializes in literatures of the Caribbean in French, African and Afro-Canadian literatures in French and English, through a postcolonial lens. Her current research interests focus on Haitian literature and the writing of Canadians of Haitian descent. Along with a monograph (Univers intimes: pour une poétique de l’intériorité au féminin dans dans la littérature caribéenne), Christine has published articles in Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne and The Journal of Caribbean Literatures, and has an article forthcoming in Voix et images. She is also co-editor of an essay collection on representations of the female body in francophone literatures of the Americas.
- Pablo Idahosa, Professor, Development Studies, York University
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- Firoze Manji, adjunct professor, African Studies, Carleton University; activist, publisher and scholar
Firoze Manji is a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights and political organizing. He is the publisher of Daraja Press, and founder and former editor-in-chief of the pan African social justice newsletter and website Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press, and founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice.
He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute for African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies.. He was a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford (2001-2015).
He has previously worked as Director of Pan-African Baraza, an initiative of ThoughtWorks Inc; at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) as head of the Centre for Documentation, Information and Communications; as Africa Programme Director for Amnesty International; Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); Regional Representative for Health Sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa for the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC); and researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
He has published widely on health, social policy, human rights and political sciences, and authored and edited a wide range of books on social justice in Africa, including on women’s rights, trade justice, on China’s role in Africa, on the recent uprisings in Africa and an anthology on Amilcar Cabral. He is co-editor, with Sokari Ekine, of African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions and co-editor with Bill Fletcher Jr, of Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral. He has authored chapters in several books, including most recently Culture, Power and Resistance: reflections on the ideas of Amilcar Cabral in the State of Power 2017 published by the Transnational Institute.
He was a founding member of the steering group on the campaign for the ratification of the protocol on the rights of women in Africa Solidarity for African Women’s Rights. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths College, University of London; member of the editorial board of AwaaZ Magazine; on the board of directors of Greenpeace Africa; and member of the editorial review board of Global Critical Caribbean Thought. He is on the editorial board of Nokoko, journal of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
He holds a PhD and MSc from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of London, and BDS from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- Toby Moorsom, Lecturer, Lancaster University, Ghana campus
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- Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin, Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton
Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She is an African Feminist Geographer who uses a postcolonial urbanism lens to analyse urban renewal projects and new city building projects in Nigeria. Her other research interests include: critical race theory, mothering and disability in the African Diaspora and African Diaspora literature.
- Nduka Otiono, Assistant Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton
Nduka Otiono obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, and recently joined Carleton from Brown University where he held a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, worked closely with Chinua Achebe as Senior Research Assistant, and was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor. A fellow of the William Joiner Centre for War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts, Boston, his interdisciplinary research focuses on “street stories” or popular urban narratives in postcolonial Africa, and how they travel across multiple popular cultural platforms such as the news media, film, popular music, and social media. His research is informed by his background as a journalist and writer during the worst years of military dictatorship in Nigeria. His publications include scholarly essays in journals and books, as well as a volume of short stories, two volumes of poetry, and two anthologies which he co-edited. He was founding editor of The Post Express Literary Supplement (PELS), and other literary supplements in Nigeria. He has been a member of the organizing committee of the annual Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University, and the board of Brown University’s Africana Film Festival.
- Blair Rutherford, Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Carleton
A socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests gravitate around the politics and possibilities of international development, particularly concerning “civil society” in sub-Saharan Africa. He has carried out research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique. He has published Working on the Margins: Black Workers, White Farmers in Postcolonial Zimbabwe (2001, Zed Books & Weaver Press) and Farm Labor Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics (forthcoming, Indiana University Press), and numerous articles in academic journals and non-academic formats. He was the founding Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton.
- Daniel Tubb, Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Daniel Tubb is an economic and environmental anthropologist. He joined the University of New Brunswick in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Tubb was a Visiting Fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Carleton University in 2014, where he conducted doctoral research on gold mining and the political economy of natural resource extraction with Afro-descendant communities in northwest Colombia. He is writing a book about gold mining in the Colombian Pacific, which is under contract with the University of Washington Press. At UNB, Dr. Tubb is working on oil palm plantation agriculture and agrarian change in northwest Colombia. He is also beginning a new project on resource extraction along the Saint John River—from forests and mines to potatoes and refineries. His publications have focused human rights, violence, and citizenship, artisanal and small-scale mining, and the Black social economy in Colombia. He has received various research grants, including SSHRC funding at the MA, Ph.D., and Postdoctoral level.
- Bissy Waariyo
Bissy is a recent graduate of Carleton University, where she completed a Masters degree in Political Science and specialized at the Institute of African Studies. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Canada Graduate Scholarship. During her time at Carleton Bissy was an active member of the IAS community, serving as the Graduate Student Representative during the 2015/2016 academic year. She also continues to serve the IAS as a member of the Nokoko editorial board. Her research interests are rooted in the interactions between black bodies and the global political economy.
- Kaitlin Walker, Policy and Program Officer
Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA) in Global Politics and Law from Carleton University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science with a specialization in African Studies from Carleton University. She participated in the Institute of African Studies’ study abroad course during her Master’s degree studying Professor Rutherford’s course, Migration Lives and Livelihoods, in conjunction with Wits University in South Africa. During her Undergraduate degree, she interned for World University Services of Canada (WUSC) as a Youth Development Officer in Malawi to promote gender equality through sport. In 2017, Kaitlin interned for the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) as a researcher where she analyzed whether Canadian mining companies were complying with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) and provided research assistance for development issues such as remittances, and transparency in the mining sector. Her research interests include: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), the corporate social responsibility of Canadian mining companies, the plight of refugees and the rights of children with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan and Eastern Africa. Kaitlin is currently a Federal Public Servant.
- Christopher Webb, Researcher, International Development Research Centre
Christopher Webb is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters in Development Studies for York University and has worked as a journalist for a number of years. His current research focuses on youth livelihoods and politics in urban South Africa, specifically addressing the ways in which township youth have navigated labour markets and education opportunities. Through this he is also looking at emergent political identities and modes of citizenship engagement through new forms of youth and student politics. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Khayelitsha, South Africa.