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

João Gomes Porto Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University

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

Henrietta Mensa Bonsu Professor of Law, and Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana

Amy Niang senior lecturer, Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand

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

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.

João Gomes Porto is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa, Italy; and occasionally the Institute for African Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He is also an advisor to the Crisis Management Initiative and works extensively in the policy research and capacity building fields. Professor Gomes Porto has served in a continuous advisory consultant role to the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission since 2005, working directly in support of the Continental Early Warning System and the Panel of the Wise. Since 1998, he has acted as a consultant, advisor, and expert for several African sub-regional organizations, donor agencies, multilateral organizations, and think tanks, including the ECOWAS, COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, UN, EU, GIZ, DFID, swisspeace, UNECA, and UNOWA. Professor Gomes Porto holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Heidi Hudson is a Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She is a member of the Committee on the Status of Women of the International Studies Association (ISA) and was a Global Fellow of the Oslo Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Norway from 2014 to 2016. She is co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and serves on several editorial boards, including International Peacekeeping, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, The Australasian Review of African Studies, and Politikon. She has published articles in, among others, Peacebuilding, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Politics & Gender, International Peacekeeping, and African Security Review. Her current research interests concentrate on discursive and material gender deficits of liberal peacebuilding in the postcolony. Some of her research also focuses on the gendering of Africa’s International Relations and postcolonial/decolonial epistemic resistance.

Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu is the Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy and Professor of Law at the University of Ghana School of Law. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Mensa-Bonsu has researched and published extensively on criminal law and justice, family law, and children’s rights. Currently, she teaches Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice at the University of Ghana School of Law and serves as a civilian mentor to both the ECOWAS and UN Senior Mission Leaders Courses. Professor Mensa-Bonsu has served in a number of high-level national and international capacities, including on Ghana’s National Reconciliation Commission, the Ghana Police Council, and currently the National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism. In 2015, she served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the current blueprint for UN peace operations around the world.

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.

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.

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