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The African Studies Program Highlights!

Congratulations to our students for their outstanding achievements:

Mohamed Ali, Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, Kenya, 2019

Rafique van Uum,  Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, Rwanda, 2019

Judy Androsoff,  Recipient of the University of Toronto Nelson Mandela Scholarship Award, 2019-2020


Congratulations to Dr. Khalid Ahmed – Winner of the 2018-19 Kathleen O’Connell Teaching Excellence Award

Dr Khalid Ahmed

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Khalid Ahmed is the winner of the 2018-2019 Kathleen O’Connell Teaching Excellence Award. This award honours outstanding teaching and recognizes the important contributions made by sessional instructional staff to the teaching mission of New College in its academic programs, interdisciplinary courses and writing centre.  

Dr. Ahmed is a Lecturer of Political Science in the African Studies program, University of Toronto. In addition, he is the Secretary General of the Sudanese Canadian Human Rights Organization in Toronto and the former Chair of the board of directors at Warden Woods Community Centre. He is the winner of numerous awards including Canada’s prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Through his research, professional policy experience, and extensive fieldwork Dr. Ahmed has made connections between global, regional, and local power imbalances and their detrimental impact on peacemaking as well as on economic, political, and social development in Africa and the Middle East. His forthcoming books are The Impact of Geopolitical Interests on Peace Negotiations: A Critical Analysis of the Role of Superpower Mediation in Civil Wars in Africa (Vernon Press: Wilmington, DE, USA) and Mediation and Peacebuilding: The Missing Link (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

As a teacher, Dr. Ahmed has earned high praise from his students. His teaching philosophy is predicated on Transformative Learning which is about challenging universal norms, uplifting the subaltern, and igniting action. He has taught a diverse range of courses including NEW357HF: The Horn of Africa: Critical Perspectives, NEW452: Negotiating Peace in Africa, NEW359: Humanitarianism Industry in Africa, NEW353: The International Relations of Africa, POL447: Political Economy of Development, POL412: Human Rights, and IFP90: Challenges to Global Equity

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ahmed on this great achievement!