Editor-in-Chief: A. Curtis Burton, Washington, D.C. USA
Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Burton spent his formative years on both coasts of the United States, in the cities of Seattle and Boston. As an African-American, he has personally experienced the destructive impact of racism in the U.S., its present day proliferation as well as from a historical perspective, including his own family ancestry. It is his hope that his work on Africana will expand his world view to include a knowledge and understanding of African nations, of which he is a descendant. Mr. Burton has studied the liberal arts at Montgomery College, George Washington University, and the Amherst and Boston campuses of the University of Massachusetts. His interests include local and national politics, classic cinema and jazz music of the early to mid-20th century. Currently he is in the throes of completing a non-fiction novel set in New England during the 1980s. Mr. Burton resides and works from his home in Maryland.
Managing Editor: Christopher LaMonica, Boston, MA USA
Dr. LaMonica is an Associate Professor Comparative Politics at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT and a long-time Adjunct Professor of sub-Saharan African history at the University of Rhode Island in Providence, RI. His research interests include human security, local and coastal governance in sub-Saharan Africa, African politics, and the politics of development. His latest book, co-edited with J. Shola Omotola of Redeemer's University in Nigeria, is entitled Horror in Paradise: Frameworks for Understanding the Crises of the Niger Delta of Nigeria, (Carolina Academic Press, 2014).
North-West University, SOUTH AFRICA // Osun State University, Osogbo, NIGERIA
Lere Amusan is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Osun State University, in Osogbo, Nigeria.
University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Dr. Chacko is a Lecturer in International Politics in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. She completed her BA (Hons)(First Class) at the University of Queensland and her PhD at the University of Adelaide. Prior to returning to Adelaide, she held teaching/research positions at universities in New Zealand and South Africa. Her research interests include: identity and foreign policy in India; India and global governance; India's engagement in Africa; constructivism and postcolonialism in International Relations; non-Western thought in International Relations; and the domestic and international politics of South Asia.
Dr. Mourtada is a Director at UNDP in Nigieria. His research interests include institution building, good governance, the rule of law and elections in developing countries, with a particular focus on international election observation. He was worked as a Director for a CEPPS program in Nigeria and coordinated the National Democratic Institute's Long Term Observer Mission to Sierra Leone's 2007 national elections. He previously served on UN pre-electoral assessment missions and published a book entitled Law, Morality, and International Armed Intervention: The United Nations and ECOQWAS in Liberia (Routledge, 2005), analyzing the effects of international democracy promotion efforts on domestic politics by using Liberia as a case study. He has also taught North-South Relations and African Politics at Boston University and African History at the University of Rhode Island. Dr Deme received his PhD in International Relations from Boston University and his Master's in International Law from the University of Bordeaux, France.
Ibaba Samuel Ibaba
Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, NIGERIA
Dr. Ibaba is Lecturer and Ag. Head Department of Political Science at Niger Delta University. Nigeria, where he lectures in Political Science and engages in research focused on conflict resolution, peace building, and development in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. A well respected scholar within the field, he is the author of numerous articles and books; most recently co-editor of Natural Resources, Conflict, and Development: Lessons from the Niger Delta (Routledge, 2012).
Australian National University, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
Dr. Mason is a Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at ANU. Dr. Mason was formerly at Lancaster University in the UK, where she taught Human Rights and International Relations of the Middle East. Her broad research areas focus on Middle East Politics and IR and human rights issues and debates. Dr. Mason's research within the Middle East focuses on the Palestinian question, conflict and conflict resolution in the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq) and human rights in the region. Her wider human rights research includes projects on state violence, the treatment of refugees, and issues of Islamophobia and anti-Arab discrimination in the West.
Boston University, Boston, MA USA
Masse Ndiaye is a PhD Candidate in political science at Boston University. He is currently working on global governance and state dys-functionality in Africa for his doctoral dissertation. Ndiaye specializes in comparative politics, international relations, and African Studies. His main research area focuses on state failure and state collapse, governance and state capacity in “weak” states in Africa. Ndiaye has taught courses on African politics, comparative politics, and international relations at the University of Rhodes Island and Boston University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Boston College and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Rhodes University/University of Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
Dr. Stanley Naribo Ngoa is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Democracy Rhodes University/University of Johannesburg, RSA. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Nigeria. Dr. Ngoa’s research interests include: Issues in African Media: African Culture & Society and the Concept of Globalization; Media in Politics, Media & Politics, and Political Communication; Political Economy of the Media; Media depicted Reality & Reality itself: Theories of the Media; Media: it’s Masses & Issues in Public Opinion; and The Military, Media & Democracy in Africa; especially Sub – Sahara Africa. Dr. Ngoa earned his PhD from Wits, Johannesburg, South Africa.
J. Shola Omotola
Redeemer's University, NIGERIA
Dr. Omotola received a PhD in political science at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and was recently awarded the 2012 African Affairs Writer Award. Before relocating to Redeemer’s University, he taught at the University of Ilorin and Kogi State University, both in Nigeria. Omotola’s research interests are in Comparative African Democratisation, Oil and Environmental Politics, Development Studies and Identity Politics, including Ethnic Minority and Gender on which he has published extensively in reputable international peer reviewed journals, including African Affairs, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of African Law & Representation, Africa Today, African and Asian Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; African Study Monographs, Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Politeia: South African Journal of Political and Administrative Studies, Africa Insight, South African Journal of International Affairs, among others. He has also contributed chapters to many reputable peer reviewed books published in Europe and America. He is the author of the widely circulated monograph: The Next Gulf: Oil Politics, Environmental Politics and Rising Tension in The Niger Delta, Occasional Paper Series 1 (3), African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Durban, South Africa. His reviews have also appeared in African Affairs, Review of African Political Economy, Contemporary Security Policy, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Journal of Conflict Studies, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Journal of Asian and African Studies.
Dr. Pinaud was recently a Fulbright fellow and visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies of UC Berkeley from the University of Paris-I/Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, France. She spent two years in South Sudan, where she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as a lead investigator for a multi-agency survey on protection and gender-based violence issues. Dr. Pinaud’s doctoral dissertation was on the impact of war on women in South Sudan.
University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Karen Smith is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she teaches International Relations courses. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she taught for ten years. She is also a research associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), and served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of South Africa from 2006 to 2007. She has recently published on the topics of African contributions to IR, international organisations, IR theory, and the role of soft power in India and South Africa’s foreign policy. Her current research interests centre on South Africa and India as regional and emerging powers, specifically their role in advancing the interests of the global South in multilateral settings.
South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
Dr Kathryn Sturman joined SAIIA in 2008 as Deputy Head of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme. She graduated with a doctorate in international relations from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2008, and has an MA in Political Studies cum laude from the University of Cape Town (1996). Kathryn worked as a part-time lecturer at Macquarie University (2004-2008) and as a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria (2002-2004). Prior to this, she was a parliamentary researcher and speechwriter to the leader of the opposition in the Parliament of South Africa (1997-2001). Her areas of research expertise include governance of natural resources in Africa, particularly the DRC; African Union and regional organisations in Africa and Southeast Asia (ASEAN); and democracy and governance in Africa and South Africa.
Open University, UNITED KINGDOM
Françoise Ugochukwu studied Classics and English before obtaining a Maîtrise in French Stylistics and a Ph.D. in French Literature (Grenoble 1974) and has been lecturing in Higher Education in Nigeria, France and the UK for nearly forty years. A former Professor from the University of Nigeria, she was awarded the Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University of Chambéry, in 2002 and qualified as a University Professor in Comparative Literature in France in 2004. A specialist in Comparative Literature, and a Chartered linguist, she is the author of the first standard Igbo-French dictionary (Karthala 2004, with P. Okafor), a number of books and some hundred book chapters and articles in reputable journals on the five continents. She is a member of several professional Societies including ISOLA, APELA (France), the British Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Higher Education Academy (UK). She is also a member of the Africanist Council, Paris. Her pioneering work in the field and longstanding contribution to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between France and Nigeria awarded her the national distinction of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1994.
University of Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
American Graduate School (AGS), Paris, FRANCE
Dr. Yates is a professor of political science at AGS in Paris, France. He earned his PhD at Boston University and published his dissertation entitled The Rentier State in Africa: Oil Dependency and Neo-colonialism in the Republic of Gabon (Africa World Press, 1996). He is also the author of The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines in Africa (Africa World Press, 2009) and The Scramble for African Oil (PlutoPress, 2012). Dr. Yates is a regular panelist on the television program France-24 and contributor to West Africa magazine, a London-based weekly covering France's highly controversial African policy.
Jessica Lukasik is a US Coast Guard Officer and Fulbright Award winner, currently pursuing a Masters in Economics at the University of Mauritius. Her work involves maritime affairs and environmental coastal management.
Prof. Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi (Ph.D.)
Prof. Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi (Ph.D.) who has served as a tenured full professor in several universities lectures in the US, Asia, Europe and Africa about globalization and the socioeconomic impact of information technology on indigenous cultures. He is also a senior communication consultant for the United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental bodies. He has directed a number of communication programs in the US and abroad. Further to serving as Guest Editor of the Journal of Development and Communication Studies and on the Editorial Boards of eight peer reviewed journals, Ngwainmbi is volume Editor of Healthcare Management, Communication and Development in Development Countries (Lexington Books, 2014), and Democracies, Diplomacy and Media Engagement among Emerging Economies (forthcoming). He has published thirteen books and articles in many journals and issue magazines.
Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Professor Bustin has authored or co-authored several books and monographs dealing with Africa, including Lunda Under Belgian Rule; The Politics of Ethnicity. He has also written many book chapters, encyclopedia entries, journal entries and articles (mostly on Africa) which have been published in the United States, Europe and Africa. He has studied and lived in five European and twelve African countries and is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and German. Professor Bustin has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer at universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has also consulted and prepared reports on higher education and on democratization in Zaire for the Rockefeller Foundation and for USAID. Professor Bustin is the founder and director of the Francophone Africa Research Group (GRAF), and serves as coordinator for the exchange agreement between Boston University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at Bordeaux. He is also affiliated with Boston University’s African Studies Center and heads the Francophone Africa Research Group (GRAF).
Anne Serafin is an Independent Researcher and Author. Her latest (co-edited) book, African Women Writing Resistance, was published in 2010 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Ms. Serafin is an active participant at academic conferences on African literature.
Founder, Intrinsic Styles
Steven Ma is the Founder & CEO of Intrinsic Styles, a company that empowers artisans in Africa through employment and sustainable business. He also consults with companies and nonprofits on marketing and engagement strategies. He received his Master's in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington.