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ASA Presidential Fellows Program

The African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with the African Studies Association (ASA), launched the ASA Presidential Fellows Program in 2010. The Program provides African scholars with an opportunity to be based at Rutgers University as visiting scholars. During their time in the United States, Presidential Fellowship recipients visit nearby institutions of higher learning, engage with academics working on Africa-related issues, take courses, and attend the ASA Annual Meeting. 
2013 Presidential Fellows

Komlan Agbedahin is a national of Togo (West Africa). He studied at the University of Lomé (Togo) where he earned an honors degree and a master’s degree in Sociology. He also has a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS) at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) on a DAAD scholarship. At the beginning of his research toward a PhD in 2009, he spent four months at Jacobs University and Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (Germany) as a DAAD visiting fellow. He was awarded a PhD in sociology at Rhodes University (South Africa) in 2012 after completing a thesis which focused on the agency of Liberian young veterans (former child-soldiers). He is presently an AHP/ACLS postdoctoral research fellow at Rhodes University in the Department of Sociology. He also worked with UNHCR in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as protection and field officer in 2008. After the January 2010 Earthquake, he worked in Haiti under the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) with the Joint Operations and Tasking Centre (JOTC) as monitoring and reporting officer. 

Mathayo Bernard Ndomondo works as a Lecturer in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His research interests include the intersection between music, gender, religion, and state agencies in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania; music and politics; music and migration; music, sexuality and gender; music for empowerment of children and young people; and popular culture. His theoretical interests include music and the body; music, health and healing; music and gender; postcolonialism and nationalism, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism; postmodernism; music and migration; and popular culture. Mathayo received his PhD (in Ethnomusicology) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. 

Stella Nyanzi is a medical anthropologist working as a Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), and a Researcher in the Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Project of the School of Law at Makerere University. Since 1997, she has explored the intersections between culture, health and sexuality in rural and urban Uganda. Other fieldwork sites include Tanzania and The Gambia. Her current research projects are located at the nexus between (homo)sexualities, religion, cultures and law in the Ugandan state. 

2012 Presidential Fellows

Gbemisola Adeoti holds a PhD in English from the University of Ibadan. He is a Professor in the English Department of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is the author of Naked Soles (poems), Voices Offstage: Nigerian Dramatists on Drama and Politics, Aesthetics of Adaptation in Contemporary Nigerian Drama, Co-editor (with Bjorn Beckman) of Intellectuals and African Development: Pretension and Resistance in African Politics and Editor of Muse and Mimesis: Critical Perspectives on Ahmed Yerima’s Drama.

Jemima Asabea Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Ghana, Legon. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Ghana. Her areas of research interest are politeness in African languages and African varieties of English, cross-cultural pragmatics, speech acts, the codification of English in Ghana and language and gender in Africa. She teaches courses in Phonetics and Phonology of English, Varieties and Functions of English, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics.

Amidou Jean-Baptiste Sourou, from Benin Republic, is Professor of Communications at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania in Mwanza. He also teaches Rituals and Communications at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He holds a PHD in Social Communications and Social Sciences from the Gregorian University. He has published several books about African cultural, social and religious life, among them:  Africa: Ancient Rituals, New Celebrations, How Africans Celebrate their Rituals Today (Ed. Menaibuc, Paris, France).

2011 Presidential Fellows

Dr. Leketi Makalela, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Some of Dr. Makalela's most recent work considers the study of English and language development in South Africa, particularly among speakers with indigenous African language backgrounds, Black South African English (BSAE). His work will reveal fresh insights on the study of English and the development of language in Africa. Dr. Makalela received his PhD from Michigan State University.

Dr. Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Makerere University, Uganda. Dr. Kiguli studies the practice of oral poetry and popular song as understood by  performers in post-apartheid South Africa and post-civil war Uganda. Her work suggests that popular song and oral poetry are reflections of social, cultural and political issues which influence the societies they are produced in. Dr. Kiguli received her PhD in English from the University of Leeds.

2010 Presidential Fellows

Dr. Dominic Dipio, senior lecturer in literature at Makerere University, Uganda. Dr. Dipio has degrees in education and African literature, with a PhD in cinema studies. Her research examines how issues related to gender and the position of women in African communities are represented by filmmakers, as part of the conscientization agenda, and what this reveals about gender relations in African communities.

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