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Tshepo welcomes membership in the following ways: external fellows, Laurier students, Laurier faculty fellows, and the community. Categories of membership and how to join are outlined below.

Become an External Fellow

External Fellows of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (Tshepo) are invited to engage with the Institute through:

  • Participate in the activities of the institute (including research projects).
  • Receiving notification and contributing to upcoming institute events and research collaborations.
  • May attend council meetings and have voting privileges.

To apply, contact Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Tshepo Director.


Undergraduate Students

Tshepo welcomes participation in our activities by undergraduate students. To apply, contact Stacey Wilson-Forsberg.


Community Members

Tshepo welcomes participation in our activities from graduate students, postdoctoral students, academics from other institutions and community members interested in promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues, with the aim of inspiring positive transformation. 

If your research or teaching relates to Tshepo's mission of promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues with the aim of inspiring positive transformation, please join us!

Laurier fellows can apply for research funding to support field work for new research projects as well as participate in and guide Tshepo's ongoing research and community engagement. 

Contact Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Tshepo Director to join as a Laurier fellow.


Current Fellows

Tshepo fellows are researchers who have research programs aligned with Tshepo's mission of promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues.

Internal Fellows

Bree Akesson (Associate Professor) Social Work and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Global Adversity and Wellbeing 

Bree Akesson’s research focuses broadly on international social work, ranging from micro-level understandings of the experiences of children and families affected by war to macro-level studies on social service and mental health systems strengthening.

Robert Ame, Human Rights and Criminology (Director 2012-14)

Robert Ame's current projects include assessment of Ghana's juvenile justice system, a follow-up study of liberated trokosi women in Ghana and a human rights assessment of Ghana's mental health law.

Abderrahman Beggar, Religion and Culture

Abderrahman Beggar's academic research has been geographically centred in the Maghreb (North Africa), France, and the Americas. Dr. Beggar has authored and edited nine books, as well as a special edition of the Review of the Centre for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa. He has written dozens of articles (both peer reviewed and non-peer-reviewed for a more popular audience) and has contributed to several edited volumes. He has also published a series of reflective essays on Latin America as a book called L’Amérique latine sous une perspective maghrébine (translated from the original French to English, Spanish, and Arabic), as well as two short stories and two full-length novels, Le chant de Goubi and L’oeil du chien.

Andrea Brown, Political Science (Associate Director 2016-20)

Andrea Brown's research addresses urban food security and governance in East Africa with special attention on gender and slums.

Lamine Diallo, Leadership (Co-director with Peter Farrugia 2008-10)

Lamine Diallo's central focus is in Leadership and Governance in general with a particular interest in issues of democratization, leadership and governance in the African continent.

John Boye Ejobowah, Global Studies

John Boye Ejobowah's research focuses on the political claims of groups and the normative responses. He is particularly interested in claims to citizenship, autonomy claims, and federal institutions. His primary area of focus is Nigeria.

Abdelfettah Elkchirid, Social Work

Abdelfettah Elkchirid has been involved with research in North Africa on issues related to African temporary migrants to Europe (mainly Moroccan). This researcher focuses on female migrants, and looks at the impact of the intersection of gender, cultural background, and migration status. In addition, he has been providing professional training and consultations to the Moroccan Social Workers Association on working with migrants and their families. In 2018 he received an award of distinction by World Refugee Day of Waterloo Region.

Jeff Grischow, History (Associate Director 2014-16)

Jeff Grischow's research theme include African history (Ghana), and comparative development studies. His research currently focuses on the history and lived experience of disability rights in Ghana.

M. Raymond Izarali, Criminology (Director 2010-12)

Raymond Izarali works in the area of international crime and justice. He has published on globalization as well as Canada’s foreign policy towards Africa. His current research focuses on the human and environmental harms of gas flaring in the Niger Delta, and crime and security in Africa. 

Oliver Masakure, Business Technology Management  Associate Director 2010-2012, Director 2014-2016, Associate Director 2020)

Oliver Masakure's research interests include development economics, health economics, and labour economics, with special emphasis on food security, food safety and food trade, innovation and technology, and employment practices in organizations.

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, Faculty of Social Work (Associate Director 2012-14)

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy works on community based mental health, specifically mental health challenges faced by immigrants and visible minorities in the health care system. He is also involved with collaborative projects with the University of Ghana that include examining the media’s portrayal of mental illness in Ghana.

Thomas Rose, Human Rights and Human Diversity

Thomas Rose's academic research has been in the area of journalism and human rights, including the history of media development projects in West Africa, and his research has appeared in the Encyclopaedia of Human Rights and the Yale Journal of International Law.

Akbar Saeed, Business Technology Management (Director 2016-20)

Akbar Saeed's research areas include organizational routines, healthcare service quality, and humanitarian technologies. Currently, he is investigating how technology alters the way we understand ourselves and influences the way we operate in Africa.

Edward Shizha, Society, Culture and Environment, and Youth and Children's Studies

Edward Shizha's research areas include educational and political development in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and the support needs and wellbeing of Zimbabwean and Sudanese refugees to Canada.

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Human Rights and Human Diversity (Director 2020 - present)

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg's research areas include immigration and multiculturalism. She is a qualitative researcher, aiming to promote and legitimize the voices of vulnerable and often invisible people as much as possible.

Matthew Wyman–McCarthy

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy is an accomplished historian and writer specializing in British Abolitionism and Global Empire in the Late Eighteenth Century. His esearch areas include: Atlantic history; slavery and the transatlantic slave trade; the history of race; and European imperialism in Africa. He served as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of history at Columbia University.

Gerard Yun, Community Music 

Gerard Yun's scholarly and artistic interests include choral improvisation, contemplative music practice and ethics in cross-cultural music performance, shaped by interests in music education, choral singing and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon.


Junior Research Fellows

Rosemary Kimani-Dupuis, Balsillie School for Internationa Affairs

Rosemary Kimani-Dupuis' doctoral research focuses on refugee women’s experiences of trauma. Rosemary is currently working with Tshepo colleagues on three SSHRC-funded projects focusing on African mothers and youth with refugee backgrounds.

Akalya Atputharajah, PhD Candidate, LERRN Researcher, Diversity Institute Research Assistant, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa 

Akalya has previously conducted field research in Toronto, Ghana, and most recently Kenya, with the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN). Her interests include migration, diaspora, development, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Akalya’s dissertation research focuses on international development initiatives from second-generation diasporas in Canada.


External Fellows

Olabanji Akinola, Political Science - Algoma University 

Olabanji Akinola's expertise are mainly in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Global Development. He also teaches introductory and advanced level courses in these fields.

Kofi Barimah, Director of Research - Ghana Technology University College 

Kofi Barimah's research focuses on the community psychology in Ghana, as well as the use of traditional medicine by Ghanaians.

Katherine Bruce-Lockhard, History - University of Waterloo

Katherine Bruce-Lockhard's research examines the legacies of colonial coercive institutions. Katherine is currently working on projects including an edited volume on the politics of knowledge production in Uganda, a comparative study of prisons in East Africa, projects on the police and military during Idi Amin’s presidency in Uganda, and a study that explores how prisons were reimagined in the Global South during the process of decolonization. Along with her research, Katherine has also worked on several archival restoration projects in Uganda, a reparations case between Kenyan citizens involved in the Mau Mau Rebellion and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and a report for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. 

Charles Gyan, Social Work - McGill University

Charles Gyan's scholarly interests lie in the areas of transnational social work practice, social policy, community development and gender issues. He also aims to maintain an active research agenda and have interest in collaborating with authors from other areas of interest who use varied methodologies.

Charles Kivunja, Humanities - University of New England

Charles Kivunja's research interests lie in foundational theories of learning, teaching and assessment (pedagogy), including multigrade pedagogy, and educational leadership, and he has supervised several doctoral theses to successful completion in these areas.

Sylvester Lamin, Social Work - St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Sylvester Lamin's research interests focus on law enforcement social work, and community policing, communities and organizations and macro social work expert.

Funke Oba, Social Work - Ryerson University

Funke Oba's research specializes in in Anti-Black Racism, Afrocentric Theory, Decolonizing Praxis,  Asset based Youth Engagement, Immigrants and Refugees, and North-South Collaborations/Social Work in Africa 

Chijioke Oji, Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Waterloo

Chijioke Oji's current research focuses on developing innovative financing models for small and medium-scale renewable energy projects to alleviate the energy access challenge in developing countries and foster decentralized renewable energy production in developed and emerging economies.


Elizabeth Opiyo Onyango, Postdoctoral Fellow - Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)

Elizabeth Opiyo Onyango’s research interests include population health and well-being in Kenya and the global south with a focus on economic and living standards issues, livelihoods and food insecurity, gender-based violence, youth development, maternal and child health issues and environmental health issues. As a development worker, Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge and experience in designing and implementing community projects that target vulnerable groups.

Semie Sama, Assistant Professor - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Semie Sama's current research examines laws and policy measures in both industrialized and non-industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ian Spears, Political Science - University of Guelph 

Ian Spearsinterests continue to focus on the twin issues of conflict resolution and state formation where, in collaboration with other scholars, he developed the concept of “states-within-states.” 


Ahmadou Siendou Konate, Associate Professor - Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Dr. Konate teaches courses on literature, culture and translation theory, criticism and practice. He received his B.A.and MA in American Studies (literature and civilization) from former University of Cocody now Felix Houphouet-Boigny University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration on African literature and culture, and translation studies  from Binghamton University in Upstate New York in the USA. Also, Dr. Konate is the Editor-in-Chief of to academic journals: Cahiers ivoiriens d’etudes comparees (CIEC)/Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies and Acta Islamica: Revue d’etudes islamiques/Islamic Studies Review.


Community Member

Derek Bond, Examinations Invigilator 

Derek Bond is an Examinations Invigilator at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Hayat Rushdy-Hanna

Hayat was born in Ethiopia of Egyptian parents and grew up in Burundi, where she lived for 16 years until it was time to pursue her post secondary education in France. Her years spent in Africa have increased her determination to join others in their efforts to highlight the needs and contributions of the African continent to the discourse on development.  

She graduated with a degree in doctoral studies in International Law from the Université de Montpellier but had to leave before completing her doctorate because of her precarious status and was accepted as a landed immigrant in New-Brunswick. She was strongly encouraged to undertake complete studies in Common Law, which she did at the École de Droit, Université de Moncton, graduating with an LLB. Hayat is an active participant in community building activities, sitting on the Multi Faith Advisory Board of the Hamilton Public Board of Education and being a Board member of the United Nations Association - Hamilton Chapter. She is also involved in many capacity building activities in the Bahá’í community in and around Hamilton and Brantford.


Contact Us:

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Director


Oliver Masakure, Associate Director