The African Studies Association invites institutions to apply to host one or more of the following Presidential Fellows selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for up to a week prior to the Annual Meeting of the ASA. The ASA Presidential Fellows Program was instituted in 2010 with the objective of inviting outstanding Africa-based scholars to attend the ASA Annual Meeting and spend time at African Studies programs/centers in the U.S. If you are interested in hosting an ACLS/ASA Presidential Fellow, or would like to request more information, please contact the ASA Secretariat at [email protected]

ASA/ACLS Presidential Fellow Theresah Patrine Ennin, is a Senior Lecturer of African Literature at the Department of English, College of Humanities and Legal Studies at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana where she teaches and engages in research. Theresah obtained her Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA where she was a Fulbright JSDP Scholar.  She has her Master of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Cape Coast in 2001. Currently, Theresah is a member of the African Literature Association. read more Theresah’s academic awards include an ACLS/African Humanities Program Fellowship 2014/2015, A Fulbright-Weston Award for Best Student Sun-Saharan Africa, 2009 and A Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowship in 2013. She has published in journals such as the West Africa Review, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and the African Studies Quarterly.

ASA/ACLS Presidential Fellow Zintombizethu Matebeni is the African Humanities Program Fellow and senior researcher at the University of Cape Town whose intellectual contribution primarily focuses on the development of African Queer Theory in South Africa. Zethu has published numerous books and journal articles including, “Queer in Africa: LGBTQI identities, citizenship, and activism”, 2018 (with Surya Monro and Vasu Reddy); and “Reclaiming Afrikan: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities” (2014) which focuses on art activism and queer theory-making.

ASA/ACLS Presidential Fellow James Ocita, is a Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Makerere University, Uganda, and until December 2017 a Research Associate in the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Makerere University. He had previously held graduate teaching assistantships at the University of Maryland at College Park, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His teaching and research interests include Indian African diaspora literature, Indian Ocean studies, Ugandan, African, African diaspora and Caribbean literature, migration and postcolonial literature. He is also interested in oral literature, contemporary African popular culture, and creative writing. Dr. Ocita has previously held an All Africa House Fellowship, hosted by the Department of English at University of Cape Town, South Africa. Recently, he completed an African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship and his book monograph, based on his doctoral work, provisionally titled Africa’s Bastard Children: Memory, Belonging and Diasporic Identity in Ugandan and South African Indian Narratives is near completion. His recent publications focus on narratives of Indian experiences in East and South Africa and explore ideas such as home, memory, cultural identity, transnationalism, locality and global mobility of postcolonial subjects. Currently, he is exploring the coast and the hinterlands of East Africa as metaphors for various dualities and the cultural dynamism of the Indian Ocean world.

ASA/ACLS Presidential Fellow Samaila Suleiman, is a lecturer in History, Bayero University, Kano. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2015. Samaila is a recipient of many fellowships including the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa doctoral fellowships (SSRC), Fellow Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC), Brown International Advanced Research Institutes fellowship (BIARI), the African Humanities Program (ACLS) postdoctoral fellowship, fellow Summer Program in Social Sciences Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Princeton, and postdoctoral fellow African Peace-building Network (APN) of the SSRC. He has published many articles and book chapters on historiography, heritage, archives, and identity. His latest publications include the chapters “Ethnic Minorities and the politics of Heritage in northern Nigeria” in Things Don’t Really Exist Until You Give Them a Name, and “The Nigerian History Machine” in Theories of History: History Read Across Humanities.