Program Overview

The African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) program is a product of the vision of and commitment to the the African continent, of Dr. Paul Tiyambe-Zeleza Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Quinnipiac University. ADF is an exchange program for African-born scholars in the diaspora who seek to work collaboratively with scholars on the African continent. The program is offered by the Institute for International Education (IIE) which will administer and manage the program in partnership with Quinnipiac University and Dr. Zeleza, who will provide strategic direction. The program is funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, and will support 100 short-term faculty exchange fellowships. This initiative exemplifies the Carnegie Corporation on New York’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa, a commitment which has been augmented under the leadership of Dr. Tade Aina Program Director for Higher Education and Libraries in Africa, at the Carnegie Corporation. 

Zeleza has conducted several research projects on African diaspora’s, the most recent of which resulted in the report, Engagements between African academics in the United States and Canada and African Institutions of Higher Education: Perspectives from North America and Africa.This report led to the creation of the ADF program, which ultimately seeks to provide a platform where scholars based on the African continent can consistently network and engage on a global scale. This initiative will consolidate and catalyze engagements which have existed and are on-going between African scholars based on the African continent, and African-born scholars in the diaspora.

The ADF program seeks to leverage internationalization efforts that aim to take Africa into account as a serious area of inquiry, and to create a new conduit for the equitable flow and exchange of knowledge between North America and the African continent, using the African diaspora as a conduit. Whereas traditional modes of engagement have typically been one-sided where institutions and scholars from North America (or indeed what is considered the global North) have tended to impose their visions and goals on African institutions, the ADF program has been structured to reverse this trend. 

Dr. Paul Zeleza

Zeleza joined Loyola Marymount University in 2009 as the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and as presidential professor of African American studies and history. Before that, he served as head of the Department of African-American Studies and as liberal arts and sciences distinguished professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Malawi and his master’s from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations. He holds a Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Zeleza’s academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from economic and intellectual history to human rights, gender studies and diaspora studies. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, online essays and short stories and authored or edited 26 books, several of which have won international awards including Africa’s most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award, for his books “A Modern Economic History of Africa” (1993) and “Manufacturing African Studies and Crises” (1997). His most recent books include “Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions” (2009) and “In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters” (2012). 

He has presented nearly 250 keynote addresses, papers, and public lectures at leading universities and international conferences in 31 countries and served on the editorial boards of more than two-dozen journals and book series. Earlier this month, Zeleza was recognized by the Carnegie Corporation in a New York Times advertisement for being one of 43 immigrants whose contributions have enhanced America. 

The ADF Program at the 56th Annual Meeting

The ADF program will be officially launched at the 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association by Dr. Tade Aina and Dr. Paul Zeleza. Please join us for this event on Friday November 22nd 2013 at 10:00AM, in Waterview A, to learn more about this fantastic initiative. You can also visit the IIE/African Diaspora Fellowship booth in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 313B).