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Fellows and Associates

Chika Maduakolam

Chika Maduakolam

Chika Maduakolam is a Ph.D. candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. She holds an LLM degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has worked as research assistant on an international research project on gendered violence in war; and domestic project on civil justice in Canada. Her main area of research is focused on sexual […]

Juanita De Barros

Juanita De Barros

Juanita De Barros is a Professor in the Department of History at McMaster University and the director of the Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice. She is the former president of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She did her PhD at York University and was a DuBois-Mandela-Rodney fellow at the […]

Clifton Grant

Clifton Grant

Clifton GrantUndergraduate Student*3rd or 4th Year Law & Society Major*Completing a Certificate in Black Canadian Studies*Committee Member of : LAPS Black Advocacy and InclusionRISE (Race Inclusion and SupportiveEnvironments)Vice-President of York BFL (Black Future Lawyers)Active Bystander Facilitator for the CENTER at York Research Interests: The historical and contemporary overrepresentation of the African diaspora and Indigenous communities […]

Zakirah Allain

Zakirah Allain

My name is Zakirah Allain, pronouns she/they, and I am 23 years old. Education and advancing opportunities for all is my passion. In my undergraduate studies I double majored in International Development studies and African Studies with a certificate in Black Canadian studies. This year I enter my first year of graduate studies in Social […]

Paul E. Lovejoy

Paul E. Lovejoy

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, York University, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Lovejoy is Founding Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University, and has held the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History (2000-2015). He was a member of the UNESCO “Slave […]

Koustab Majumdar

Koustab Majumdar

Koustab Majumdar, MPhil, PhD, teaches Rural and Tribal Development at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute's (RKMVERI) Ranchi campus in India. He was a Visiting Scholar (Post-Doc) at the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICSS), National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) in Taiwan. Dr. Majumdar received the Taiwan Fellowship (2023) from the Ministry […]

Brian Waters

Brian Waters

Brian Waters studies water security in West Africa. He is focused on gender, participatory action research, and decentralized water infrastructure in urban settings. He has worked in Sierra Leone for the last 3 years, and is performing his PhD research in the informal settlements there, hoping to work with individuals, communities, and the municipal government […]

Sabina Maharjan

Sabina Maharjan

Dr. Sabina Maharjan is a dedicated researcher and advocate focused on understanding and addressing the multifaceted challenges confronting immigrants, particularly those originating from less developed regions. Holding a Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management from Singhania University, Sabina's academic journey has equipped her with a deep understanding of immigrant integration and […]

Nasra Smith

Nasra Smith

Nasra Smith is a PhD Candidate at the Department of English at York University. She also earned her Masters of English and Masters of Education at York University. Her dissertation focuses on coastal Eastern African literary cultures in the Indian Ocean. Her research interests are East African literature, Indian Ocean studies, comparative antiquities, postcolonial theory, […]

Rui Assubuji

Rui Assubuji

From Mozambique, Rui Assubuji is a research associate within the SARChI Chair of Visual History & Theory at the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape. He built his professional background in video and photography, working for Mozambican National Television from 1985 and free-lancing since 1992. His PhD dissertation titled ‘Visual […]