Evelyn Namakula Mayanja

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Manitoba)
Phone:613-520-2600 x Ext. 4095
Office:1325 Dunton Tower

Research Interests and Current Research

Dr. Namakula Mayanja’s interdisciplinary research follows trajectories of critical analysis, decolonization, and African Indigenous philosophy at the intersection of global political economy, natural resources, race, politics, and governance. Namakula’s primary area is focused on the struggle of those marginalized by colonial and neocolonial systems of oppression and exploitation, neoliberal authoritarianism and political repression. I am currently researching on Mineral Resource based wars/armed conflict, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and the hype of renewable/green energy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Namakula has a keen interest in African Peace and Security; Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, post- conflict reconstruction; women in peace and security. Other areas of interest include war, armed conflicts, and Corporations in Natural Resource sector; Global Politics and Governance; The Politics and economics of Race, Work and Labor; African indigenous Philosophy and approaches to governance, Peace and Security; as well as Peace, Security and Covid-19 in Africa.

Selected Professional Associations

  • International Studies Association
  • African Feminist Initiative
  • Great Lakes Leaders Initiative
  • American Academy of Religion
  • United for Mining Justice
  • International mediators


  • HUMR 2401: Political Repression, Impacts and Responses
  • HUMR 3301: Race, Racialization and Human Rights
  • HUMR 3001: Special Topic in Human Rights

Selected Publications

“The Quest for Africanizing Qualitative Inquiry: A Pathway to Methodological Innovation”. In …. Pathways to Alternative Epistemologies in Africa. 2021, 35-60

“Theology and Peacemaking in Africa.” In Bongmba Elias, Ed. The Routledge Handbook of African Theology, New York: Routledge. 2020, 381-398.

“Biblical and dogmatic theology on Personhood: Application to Africa’s milieu.” In Bongmba Elias, Ed. The Routledge Handbook of African Theology, New York: Routledge. 2020, 462-499.

“Hear My Tears: Narratives of War and Resilience by the Women and Children of Congo”. In Reimer Laura E., Katerina Standish, and Charles Thiessen, Eds. Expanding Modes of Enquiry: Research from the Mauro Institute. New York: Lexington. 2019, 97-111.

“Revolution and Women’s Liberation go Together’ Thomas Sankara and the Burkina Faso Experience.” In Amber Murrey, Ed. A certain amount of madness: The life politics and legacies of Thomas Sankara. London: Pluto Press, 2018, 209-221.

“AIDS, national security and political leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa.” In Azetsop, Jacqueline, Ed. HIV and AIDS in Africa: Christian Reflection, Public Health, Social Transformation, New York: Orbis Books.

“Democratic political leadership and governance: Envisioning a post 2015 development Agenda in Africa, Uganda as a case study”. In Andrews, Nathan, KhalemaN. E., and Assie-Lumumba N. Eds. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond. New York: Springer, 2015, 299-246.

Online, News Papers and Media interviews

Creating healthy communities is our biggest challenge. Winnipeg Free Press. Jan. 4, 2021. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/coronavirus/creating-healthy-communities-is-our-biggest-challenge-573523392.html

“DRC: An open later to UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Canada”. Pambazuka News. 2017, Issue 809 Feb 16, https://www.pambazuka.org/human-security/drc-open-later-un-secretary-general-and-prime-minister-canada

“Trump order on conflict minerals would send warlords carte blanche signal, say critics”. CBC News. March 18, 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-conflict-minerals-congo-1.4025968

“Congo killings highlight need for change: Canada is the country to overhaul peacekeeping missions”. Winnipeg Free Press. Dec. 15, 2017. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/congo-killings-highlight-need-for-change-464507813.html

“The quest for peace leadership: Remembering Archbishop Munzihirwa. Pambazuka”. 2015. Issue 749 (online) http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category.php/features/95934/print

“Presidents in designer suits, citizens in rags Burundi, a mirror of the leadership crisis and legacies of war in the African Great Lakes”. Pambazuka. 2015, Issue 727 (Online). http://new.pambazuka.org/?q=en/article/presidents-designer-suits-citizens-rags

“Rape of bodies, rape of resources, rape of a nation: the last best chance for sustainable peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)”. Pambazuka .2014, Issue 691 (online) http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category.php/comment/92824 “Preventing the oil and gas resource curse in East Africa”, Pambazuka. 2014, Issue 697 (online) http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category.php/features/93101

“City activist decries mineral-linked genocide”. Winnipeg Free Press. April 19,2014. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/city-activist-decries-mineral-linked-genocide-255853211.html