Our Team

Editors

Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Professor of African and Gender Studies, University of Ghana – Legon

Professor Ampofo is Professor of African and Gender Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. An activist-scholar, she is a member of, and has worked with many organisations in Ghana and abroad, addressing African Knowledge systems; Identity Politics; Gender-based Violence; Women’s work; Masculinities; and Gendered Representations in Popular Culture (music and religion).  She is the Founding Vice-president of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) and Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has recently published “Reviewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies” African Studies Review (59)2: 7-27 (2016). She seeks to understand where some of our “gender trouble” has come from and the new “gender troubles” being invented.  Earlier work looked at reproductive health issues, critiquing Euro-centric notions (that infantilized African women). Follow her via Twitter at: @adomakoampofo.

Penda Ba

Associate Professor, Political Science, Université Gaston Berger | Co-Founder, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Inequalities and Vulnerabilities (GRIV)

Pr. Mame-Penda BA est Maître de conférences agrégée en science politique à l’Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Sénégal). Elle est la première femme dans l’espace CAMES à obtenir l’agrégation en science politique. Pr. BA est actuellement la directrice scientifique du Master II de science politique et dirige le Laboratoire d’Analyse des Sociétés et Pouvoirs / Afrique-Diasporas (LASPAD). Elle est aussi co-fondatrice du Groupe de Recherche interdisciplinaire sur les Inégalités et les Vulnérabilités au Sénégal (GRIV). Pr. Ba est chargée de la mise en place de l’Institut d’Études Politiques de l’Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (UGB). Ses champs de recherche couvrent l’analyse des politiques publiques, les études sur le genre, la sociologie politique du religieux ainsi que la sociogenèse et les dynamiques de l’Etat en Afrique.

Cilas Kemedjio

Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African American Studies, University of Rochester

Professor Cilas Kemedjio, Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of Rochester is also the director for the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. Kemedjio is an expert on Francophone African and Caribbean literatures, French theory, and the French novel during the 20th century. He is the author of De la Négritude à la Créolité. Édouard Glissant, Maryse Condé et la malédiction de la théorie (Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 1999) and guest editor of a special issue of Présence francophone (No. 62, 2004) on Postcolonial Mythologies.

Simangaliso Kumalo

Director of the Religion and Governance Programme, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal and President Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary, Pietermaritzburg

Professor Simangaliso Kumalo is the Director of the Religion and Governance Programme, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal and President Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary, Pietermaritzburg. He holds a BTh degree from University of Natal, Bachelor of Theology Honours, University of Natal, Masters of Theology, University of South Africa and a PhD from jointly the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Duke University in the US.

Cecelia Lynch

Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

Professor Lynch is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Irvine. She is an expert on international relations, religion and ethics, social movements and civil society and has researched and published extensively on topics related to peace, security, international organization, globalization, humanitarianism, and religion. In 2006, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Post-doctoral Fellowship for her current research on Islamic and interfaith religious ethics in world crises. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City.

Editorial Assistants/Luce Graduate Fellows

Edwin Asa Adjei (PhD candidate, African Studies, University of Ghana-Legon)

Bangirana Albert Billy (PhD student, Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Khadidiatou Dia (PhD student, Religion Studies, Gaston Berger University, Senegal)

Ndeye Ami Diop (PhD student, Political Science, Gaston Berger University, Senegal)

Abena Kyere (PhD candidate, African Studies, University of Ghana-Legon)

Jolene McCall (PhD student, Sociology, University of California, Irvine)

Angela Okune (PhD student, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine)