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New CAS colleagues from January 2019

New appointments made in the Centre of African Studies.

I am delighted to announce that the following four colleagues will be joining us as academic staff members from next month: 

Rama DiengRama Dieng has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Africa and International Development. Her research interests are African political economy, especially the shifting role of the state, policy space, social movements, and agrarian change; gender and development; and African Feminism(s). Rama studied a BSc in Economic and Social Administration at Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille 2; a Maîtrise in Political Science at Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV; an MA in International Cooperation and Development at Science Po Bordeaux (IEP); an MSc in Research for International Development at SOAS, University of London; and a PhD in International Development, also at  SOAS. The title of her PhD is ‘Contemporary Land Rush and Contradictions of Agrarian change in Senegal: Dynamics of Agrarian Change (2007-2017)’. 
 
Kevin DonovanKevin Donovan has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in African Studies and Development. His main research interests are in economic regulation, illicit exchange, and infrastructural projects in East Africa. Kevin studied his BSc in Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University; an MSocSc in Sociology at University of Cape Town; and a PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. The title of his PhD is ‘Sovereign Scales: Frontiers of Value in East Africa’. 
 

Maggie DwyerMaggie Dwyer has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Africa and International Development. Her research focuses on politics and security in Africa. Maggie holds a BSc in Political Science from University of Mary Washington; an MSc in Social Sciences with Politics from Syracuse University; and a PhD in African Studies from CAS, University of Edinburgh. The title of Maggie’s PhD thesis is ‘Anticipating the Revolt: Trends in Military Mutinies in West and Central Africa’. 

Akin IwiladeAkin Iwilade has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in African Studies. His research interests include the dynamics of youth politics in Africa; civil society, social movements and democratisation in Africa; and oil and environmental politics in Niger Delta. Akin holds an MSc International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife; an MSc African Studies from the University of Oxford; and a DPhil (PhD) in International Development, also from the University of Oxford. The title of Akin’s PhD thesis is ‘Youth Networks and Amnesty Politics in Nigeria’s Oil Delta’. 

The Centre of African Studies looks forward to all four of our excellent new colleagues joining us in the new year. 

Best wishes,
Thomas Molony
Director, Centre of African Studies 

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