APN Advisory Board Members

Board Members

Rita Abrahamsen Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa

Stephen J Del Rosso Director, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Heidi Hudson Professor, International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State

Olivia A. T. Frimpong Kwapong Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies, University of Ghana

Amy Niang Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand

Henrietta Nyamnjoh Research Fellow, African Centre for Cities and Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Kenneth Omeje Senior Research Fellow and the Deputy Director, John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies, University of Bradford

Ismail Rashid Professor, History Department, Vassar College; Advisory Board Chair

Usman Tar Professor, Political Science and Defence Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy

Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000), and editor (with A. Leander) of Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (Routledge, 2016) and Conflict and Security in Africa (James Currey, 2013). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Political Studies, Security Dialogue, Third World Quarterly, and Review of African Political Economy. She was joint-editor of African Affairs, the highest ranked journal in African studies, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Prof. Abrahamsen was in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, and she has been visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo, the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Sydney.

Stephen Del Rosso (ex-officio) is director of international peace and security at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where his work focuses on a range of issues including peacebuilding, nuclear security, and the dynamics of global power. He was director of programs at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations from 1996–99 and managed the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Security Program for almost six years. A former career diplomat, Del Rosso served nearly ten years in the US Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean. In Washington he served in the Operations Center and on the Executive Secretariat staff of Secretary of State George Shultz, as program coordinator of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and as arms control legislative management officer and director of the Office of Legislative Management. He was also a presidential management intern in the international affairs division at NASA, news producer for the Voice of America, and staff assistant to British member of Parliament Julian Critchley. Del Rosso holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow; a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and a BA from Tufts University. He serves on several not-for-profit boards and is a member of various international affairs–related membership organizations.

Heidi Hudson is a professor of international relations, Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and former director of the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She is a former Global Fellow of the Oslo Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Norway and from 2011 to 2017, she was co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Prof. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, including International Feminist Journal of Politics (senior advisor), International Peacekeeping, Civil Wars, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, The Australasian Review of African Studies, and Politikon. She will soon join the new editorial team of the Journal for Global Security Studies, one of the flagship journals of the International Studies Association (ISA), as one of the co-editors. She has published articles in, among others, Africa Spectrum, Peacebuilding, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Politics & Gender, International Peacekeeping, and African Security Review. In 2018, she obtained a National Research Foundation rating as a scholar with undisputed international standing and is also an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. She was also awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Chair for 2018, hosted by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and the Nordic Africa Institute. Her current research interests concentrate on discursive and material dynamics of peacebuilding in the postcolony, as well as the development of posthuman security approaches for Africa.

Olivia A. T. Frimpong Kwapong is an associate professor and head of the Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies at the University of Ghana. She holds a PhD from the University of Ghana and has studied as a special doctoral candidate at Harvard University. In 2013, she served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Bloomsburg University in the United States of America. Prof. Olivia Kwapong is also the Board Chairperson of Ghana News Agency. Her research has focused on empowerment of women through adult education, distance learning and the use of ICTs. She has published extensively in both local and international journals. She has authored five books and over 30 journal articles. Prof. Kwapong has consulted for local and international organizations that promote empowerment of women and the creation of access to tertiary education. She has benefitted from numerous awards that gave her opportunity to travel and study abroad and also to undertake research.

Amy Niang is a senior lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Niang received her PhD in politics and international relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK and was an APN Individual Research Grant recipient in 2013. Her research is informed by a broad interest in the history of state formation and related processes. She also investigates substantive questions around theory-formation, representation and knowledge-making in/on the non-West, particularly in reference to “Africa” as a moral, material, and political field of inquiry. Her work has been published in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political; Politics; Afrique Contemporaine; African Economic History; African Studies, and in a number of edited collections. She has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, and the West African Research Centre. She is a member of the advisory board of African Affairs, Millennium-Journal of International Studies, Critical African Studies, and the Brazilian Journal of International Relations.

Henrietta Nyamnjoh is a research fellow at the African Centre for Cities and Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MPhil degree in African studies/development studies and a PhD, both from Leiden University. She was a 2017 Carnegie Fellow through the African Humanities Program and during her tenure researched on Religion and healing among Cameroonian migrants in Cape Town. Her research focus is on migration and mobility, religion in the context of migration, transnational studies and transnational urbanism. She authored a study on the use of Information and Communication Technologies amongst mobile Cameroonian migrants in South Africa, The Netherlands and Cameroon – Bridging Mobilities: ICTs appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and The Netherlands (Langa Publishers, 2014). She also published “We get nothing from fishing”: Fishing for Boat Opportunities amongst Senegalese Fisher Migrants (Langa Publishers, 2010). Dr. Nyamnjoh has researched and published widely on migration, transnational studies, migrants’ everyday lives and food and migration, religion in the context of migration and Hometown associations.

Kenneth Omeje is a Senior Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies at the University of Bradford, UK; as well as Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Research Fellow, Centre for African Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Department of Political Science and Defence Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, and has authored more than 80 publications, with a research focus on conflict, security, regional integration, and peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Professor Omeje is a Fellow of the West Africa Institute in Praia, Cape Verde and a member of the Scientific Committee of the UN-mandated University for Peace Africa Programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was an APN Individual Research Grant recipient in 2013.

Ismail Rashid grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and has been teaching at Vassar College since 1998. He received his BA (with honors) in classics and history from the University of Ghana, an MA in race relations from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, and his PhD in African history from McGill University, Canada. His primary teaching interests are precolonial and modern African history, African diaspora and Pan-Africanism, and international relations. His research interests include subaltern resistance against colonialism, and conflicts and security in contemporary Africa. Among his recent publications are West Africa’s Security Challenges (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004), coedited with A. Adebajo; “Epidemics and Resistance in Sierra Leone During the First World War,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, (2011); “Religious Militancy and Violence in West Africa: A Study of Islam in Sierra Leone,” coauthored with Kevin O’Brien, in Militancy and Violence in West Africa: Religion, Politics and Radicalization, edited by James Gow, ‘Funmi Olonisakin, and Ernst Dijxhorn (Routledge, 2013); and The Paradoxes of History and Memory in Postcolonial Sierra Leone (Lexington Books, 2013), coedited with Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley. He is currently the Chair of the APN Advisory Board.

Usman Tar is a professor of political science and defence studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Prof. Tar is the director of the academy’s Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation. Previously, he was an associate research fellow at John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for Africa Studies (JEFCAS), University of Bradford, UK. He was also an assistant professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of postgraduate studies at the University of Kurdistan-Hewler, Northern Iraq. Professor Tar’s teaching and research interests include international relations, security and strategic studies, and peace and conflict studies. Prof Tar is the author of The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa (London/New York: IB Tauris, 2009); editor of Globalization in Africa: Perspectives on Development, Security, and the Environment (Lexington Books, Lanham MD, USA); and editor of Defence Transformation and the Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria (Kaduna: Academy Publishers, 2018). His forthcoming work includes The Routledge Handbook of Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in Africa (Routledge, London); The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflict in Africa (Palgrave-Macmillan, London); and New Architecture for Regional Security in Africa: Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin (Lexington Books, Lanham MD, USA).

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