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Spotlight On Africa: 2020 Research Grants


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Maxwell African Scholars Union presents 

Spotlight On Africa: 2020 Research Grants
Please join Maxwell African Scholars Union (MASU) for a panel presentation by MASU-funded graduate students on their research projects in Africa.


Oluseyi Odunyemi Agbelusi, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology
Title of Talk: British Anti-Slavery, Trade, and Nascent Colonialism on the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone
Bio: Oluseyi is a doctoral candidate in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. He is a Syracuse University Graduate Fellow and a 2021-2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. Oluseyi is writing his dissertation entitled, British Anti-Slavery, Trade, and Nascent Colonialism on the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone, which reveals the impacts of British anti-slavery policies and trade networks on household socio-economic organization at Regent, a Liberated African village on the Freetown Peninsula during the early colonial period (1808-1896).

Tom Bouril, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History
Title of Talk: Internationalized Bodies: The Internationalization of Kenyan Children in the 1950s
Bio: Tom Bouril is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the History Department at Syracuse University. His research focuses on the contested nature of children during the colonial era in East Africa. His dissertation examines how Kenya became a "Living Laboratory" for questions about childhood and how childhood became a heavily contested sociocultural arena.

Susan S. Ekoh, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES), SUNY ESF
Title of Talk: Climate Change and Coastal Megacities: Adapting through Mobility
Bio: Susan is a PhD Candidate studying Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP) at SUNY ESF. Susan is passionate about environmental issues in developing countries, especially in Africa. Her dissertation explores climate migration in an urban coastal setting, with a focus on Lagos, Nigeria. The goal of this research is to produce findings that contribute to the development of appropriate policies that aid individuals and communities as they adapt to a changing climate. Susan is also currently a Climate Adaptation Fellow at the American Society for Adaptation Professionals, where she supports projects geared towards preparing receiving communities in the Great Lakes region for climate in-migration.

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