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George JS Dei


George JS Dei
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0460
email: george.dei@utoronto.ca  

Department: Social Justice Education



Research Overview

George Dei is a Ghanaian-born, renowned educator, researcher and writer. He is one of Canada's foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies. His scholarly contributions in anti-racism, Black youth education, African Indigeneity, Fanon and anti-colonial thought have brought global recognition to his academic profile. His work on anti-racist and anti-colonial scholarship has made Dr Dei a leading scholar in the re-theorization of anti-colonial theory and African Indigeneity. His work highlights anti-colonial discourse as a guiding framework for forming relationships among anti-oppression activists in education and the larger society.

Academic History

Dr. Dei has taught the following courses at OISE:

Anti-Colonial Thought and Pedagogical Challenges
Principles of Anti-Racism Education
Modernization, Development and Education in African Contexts
The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Advanced Seminar on Race and Anti-Racism Research Methodology in Education
Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization: Pedagogical Implications
Franz Fanon and Education: Pedagogical Possibilities


Teaching Overview

Dr. Dei has taught the following courses at OISE:

Principles of Anti-Racism Education
Modernization, Development and Education in African Contexts
The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Advanced Seminar on Race and Anti-Racism Research Methodology in Education
Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization: Pedagogical Implications
Franz Fanon and Education: Pedagogical Possibilities


Representative Publications

Books

2022       Elders’ Cultural Knowledge and the Question of Black/African Indigeneity. New York: Springer. [with Wambui Karanja and Grace Ferger]. [in press].

2021       Fanon Revisited. New York: Dio Press Inc. New York

2021       Theorizing the ‘Anti-Colonial’. New York: Dio Press Inc., New York. (co-edited with Dr. Suleman Demi).

2021       Africanizing the School Curriculum: Promoting an Inclusive, Decolonial Education in African Contexts. [co-editors, Anthony Afful-Broni, Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, and Kolawole Raheem]. Gorham, ME.: Myers Educational Press.

2020       Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities [co-editors, Andrea Vasquez Jimenez & Ezinwanne Odozor). Gorham, ME.: Myers Educational Press.

2019       Centering African Proverbs, Indigenous Folktales and Cultural Stories in Curriculum: Units and Lesson Plans for Inclusive Education. Editors: George J. Sefa Dei & Mairi McDermott. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

2018       Cartographies of Race and Social Difference. [co-editor, Shukri Hilowle].  New York: Springer Books.

2018       Knowledge and Decolonial Politics: A Critical Reader. [co-editor Mandeep Jajj]. Leiden, Netherlands/New York: Brill/Sense Publishing.

Chapters in Books

2021    “Reframing the Anti-Colonial for New Futures: An Introduction”. [with Suleman Demi]. In. Dei, G. J. S. and Suleman Demi (eds.). Theorizing the ‘Anti-Colonial’. New York: Dio Press Inc. pp. 1-14.

2021    “Introduction”. In. Afful-Broni, A; Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Kolawole Raheem and George Dei [eds.]. Africanizing the School Curriculum: Promoting an Inclusive, Decolonial Education in African Contexts. [co-editors,]. Gorham, ME.: Myers Educational Press. pp. 1-32.

2020    “Foreword: Indigenous Education, Theory and Research”. In. Huaman, S. E. and Nathan Martin (eds.). Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Research Methodologies: Local Solutions and Global Opportunities. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. pp. iii-viii.

2020    “Mapping Blackness: An Introduction”. In. G. Dei, Andrea Vasquez Jimenez & Ezinwanne Odozor (eds.). Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities. pp. xi-xviii. Gorham, ME.: Myers Educational Press. [with E. Odozor and Andrea Jimenez].

2020    “Teaching Race, Anti-Blackness and [African] Indigeneity: Personal Reflections of a Black Scholar”. In. G. Dei, Andrea Vasquez & Ezinwanne Odozor (eds.). pp. 1-22. Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities. Gorham, ME.: Myers Educational Press.

2020    “Foreword”. In. Abidogun, J. & Toyin Falola (eds.). Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. vii-xvi.

2020    “Elders’ Cultural Knowledges and African Indigeneity”. In. Abidogun, J. & Toyin Falola (eds.). Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 279-301.

2020    “Afrocentric Education in North America: An Introduction”. In. Abidogun, J. & Toyin Falola (eds.). Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [with Dr. Arlo Kempf]. pp. 787-801.

2020    Preface to “Interrogating Models of Diversity and Inclusion within a Multicultural Environment”. Michael Tonderai Kariwo, Neda Asadi, and EL. C. Bouhali, (eds.)., New  York: Palgrave. pp. v-vii.

Research Grants and Contracts

Individual Research Fundings:
2020 SSHRC/SIG Grant, $1,101.44 for a study on: "Africanizing the School Curriculum:Promoting an Inclusive, Decolonial Education in African Contexts".

2020 Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives (DFII) - "African Indigeneities. Educational Research and Decolonization". ($21,190, in support of students' travel to Ghana,summer 2020). Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto.

2019 Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives (DFII) - "African Elders' Cultural Knowledge and the Question of Indigeneity and Decolonization". ($14,000, in support of students' travel to Ghana, summer 2019). Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto.

2018-9 Carnegie African Diaspora Research Fellowship. (June- August 2019). (USD18,100) for "Research Collaboration, Curriculum Development and/or Graduate Student Training and Mentoring Lectures on Indigenous Knowledge Systems". The Institute for EducationalResearch and Innovation Studies [IERIS], University of Education, Winneba. Ghana. June-August.

2018 SSHRC/SIG Grant, $1,204 for a study on: " Decolonizing African Education: Challenges and Possibilities of Indigeneity and Scholars' Responsibilities".

Team Research Fundings:
2016-8 OISE Centre and/or New Institutional Initiatives. $18,000. "Promoting CIARS Academic and Research Initiatives". Dean's Office, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, OISE/UT.

2015 OISE Centre and/or New Institutional Initiatives. $10,000. "Promoting CIARS Academic and Research Initiatives". Dean's Office, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, OISE/UT.

2015 New College Principal Office for Equity Initiatives, $1,500 "Workshop Sessions of Race and Anti-Racism Issues in the City". New College, University of Toronto


Honours and Awards

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award, Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators [ONABSE]

2020 Deveau/DBDLI Extraordinary Fellow in Africentric Research (eFAR), Delmore ‘Buddy’ Dale Learning Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2019 African Canadian Community Leadership Award – Excellence in Community Services Leadership Category. In commemoration of UN International Decade for People of African Descent [2014-2024].

2019 Paulo Freire Democratic Project Award, Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, US.

2018-9 Carnegie African Diaspora Research Fellow

2017 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada.

2016 Co-recipient, 2016 Whitworth Award, Canadian Education Association.

2016-9 Carnegie African Diaspora Research Fellow.

2014 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. University of Toronto. April 1.

2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE/UT.March 3.

2012 ‘Professor Extraordinarius’, Department of Inclusive Education, University of South Africa, [UNISA]. August, 2012.

2011 Distinguished Fellow, The Molefi Kete Asante Institute, a nonprofit, independent think-tank based in Philadelphia, US to advance the cause of global African development.

2008 Fellow, Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies [SACOST], University of Education, Winneba, Ghana


Professional Activities

2014-present Director, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, OISE/UT.
2011-present Member, Board of Trustees for National Scholarship Fund [formerly Harry Jerome Scholarships], Black Business and Professionals Association (BBPA). Toronto, Ontario.
1992- present American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D.C
2002-2007 Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE/UT.
2000-2002 Associate Chair and Graduate Studies Co-ordinator, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE/UT.
1994- 2000 First Director, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, OISE/UT.

Memberships (Community Work)
2021-present Member, African Canadian Advisory Committee, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto, Ontario
2020-present Board Member, African Canadian Wellness Institute, Kitchener, Ontario
2011-present Advisory Board Member Afro Global Television Network, Toronto, Ontario.
1999-present Patron, Anansekrom Canada