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Langaa Editorial Board

Latest addition : 24 May 2016.

The editorial board draws on a community of scholars and writers, from the continent and abroad, who engage Cameroon’s and Africa’s experience in all domains. Its collaborative responsibility includes policy advice for the publications list, the solicitation of manuscripts designed to promote that policy, and the rigorous peer review of those manuscripts prior to publication.


Professor Aloysius Ajab AMIN is the Chair of Aloysius Ajab AMIN Economics Department, College of Social Sciences, KIMEP, Kazakhstan in Central Asia. He served as Director; Deputy Director and Head of Training at the UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UN IDEP, Dakar) for ten years. He has taught economics at Boston University, Pennsylvania State University, Buea University, the University of Yaoundé and Yaoundé II where he also held several administrative positions. He has also taught at School of Public Works – Yaoundé, AERC (JFE) – Nairobi, Kenya, and MEFMI-Harare, Zimbabwe. Professor AMIN has carried out consultancies with UN agencies and international organisations including WB, EU, ADB, IMF, and Program Consultant of the TrustAfrica Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE), Dakar. To his credit, he has published many books, journal articles, book chapters and written many reports in the areas of economic growth, human development, health, education planning, child labour, poverty and development.

Elias Bongmba is The Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religious Studies and Faculty Associate at Wiess College at Rice University where he teaches African religions and his research is in theology and philosophy of religion. He is author of African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations, The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa, won The 2007 Franz Fanon Prize for outstanding work in Caribbean Thought; Facing a Pandemic: The African Church and the Crisis of AIDS. He is editor of The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions, 2012; and Co-Editor of Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy Activist & Theologian, eds. James R. Cochrane, Elias Bongmba, Isabel Phiri, Des van der Water. (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications, 2012). Bongmba is President of the African Association for the Study of Religion. Bongmba serves on numerous editorial boards and is currently Managing Editor of Religious Studies Review.

Beban Sammy Chumbow is Emeritus Professor, Beban Sammy Chumbow University of Yaounde 1 and Vice President of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences. He has served as Rector/Vice Chancellor for the Universities of University of Yaounde 1,Ngaoundere, and Dschang in Cameroon. He has also served as Member of the CODESRIA Scientific Committee, and is currently Member of the African Academy of Languages (African Union). Professor Chumbow is a leading linguist and has published extensively on various aspects of language development and nation-building in Africa.

Mirjam de Bruijn is a senior researcher at the Mirjam de Bruijn African Studies Center in Leiden, The Netherlands, where she is head of the research group ‘Connections and Transformations’. She is Professor of African Studies (Contemporary History and Anthropology of West and Central Africa) at Leiden University and director of the research masters ‘African Studies’ based in Leiden University and coordinated by the ASC. Her research fields developed around the theme mobility. She conducted research in various countries in West and Central Africa (in the period from 1986 to present): She completed (interdisciplinary) projects on nomadism, climate change, migration, conflict and poverty. Currently she coordinates the research programme ‘Consortium for Development Partnership’ in collaboration with CODESRIA. She is partner in a research programme on Mobilty and resources that was granted by the Volkswagen stiftung in 2008. She was awarded a research grant for a 5 years research programme on Marginality, communication and mobility in Africa that started in 2008 in narrow collaboration with University of Cape Town. Recently she got a small grant to do research on new mobilities among pastoralists in urbanized regions in Niger and Nigeria (Oxfam-Novib). She has a wide variety of publications and edited volumes.

Rosemary Ekosso was born and grew up in Buea. Rosemary Ekosso After her secondary education in QRC Okoyong and Baptist High School, Great Soppo, she moved to the University of Yaounde, where she earned a degree in English and French. She returned to her home town for postgraduate studies at the University of Buea, qualifying as a translator and interpreter. From 1996,she worked for Cameroon government bodies until 2003, when she joined the international civil service as a translator/interpreter. The House of Falling Women is her first novel.

Harri Englund is Professor in Social Anthropology at the Harri Englund University of Cambridge. He is also Research Associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town and Docent of African Studies at the University of Helsinki. He has carried out research among Chichewa/Nyanja speakers in South-Central Africa for over two decades. He has written and edited several books on rights discourses, Christianity, war and displacement, mass media and democratisation. His book Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor (University of California Press, 2006) was awarded the Amaury Talbot Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His most recent books are Human Rights and African Airwaves: Mediating Equality on the Chichewa Radio (Indiana University Press, 2011) and the edited volume Christianity and Public Culture in Africa (Ohio University Press, 2011). His current research explores arguments about freedom and belonging in Africa’s vernacular media in both colonial and contemporary contexts.

Dickson Eyoh is Associate Professor of Political Science and African Dickson Eyoh Studies and Director of African Studies Program, University of Toronto. He was previously  on the faculty of York University in Toronto and University of Jos, Nigeria. Amongst other honors, he has been  Archie Mafeje Fellow of  African Institute of South Africa and Carnegie Diaspora Visiting Scholar at the  Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.  His research interests include Political Economy of Development; Identity, Culture and Politics in Africa; Urban Politics, and Production of Africanist knowledge. Amongst his publications are essays on these themes in a various journals as well as Decentralization and the Politics of Urban Development in West Africa (with Richard Stren), Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa (Bruce Berman and Will Kymlicka) and Encyclopedia of 20th Century Africa (with Paul Zeleza).

Emmanuel Fru Doh received a Ph.D from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. With over twenty years’ experience on different university and college campuses, while also being scholarly active, Doh has a passion for learning and teaching invigorated by the conviction that a good educator never stops trying to learn so as to successfully wade the ever mounting and equally challenging trends in the life of a professor. He is currently in the Department of English at Century College in Minnesota, USA.

Steve Howard studied sociology and African Studies at Michigan State University. The key focus of his  academic work has been on Islam and society in Africa, particularly Sudan. He also has teaching and research experience in Ghana, Swaziland, South Africa, Chad, Nigeria and Tanzania. At present he is Professor in the School of Media Studies at Ohio University and directs the Center for International Studies there.

Roselyne M. Jua holds a BA (Hons) from Carleton Dr Roselyne M. JuaUniversity, Ottawa and a PhD from SUNY – Buffalo, New York. Associate Professor of American Literature, she has taught courses in English and American Literature, Creative Writing and Feminist Writings at the Universities of Yaounde and Buea and more recently at The University of Bamenda where she is Director of Academic Affairs since 2012. A 2001 Fulbright Fellow, she has published articles in peer reviewed journals. Currently she is editing the plays of Victor E. Musinga of which two collections are already in print: The Barn and The Tragedy of Mr No-Balance. She is co-author with Bate Besong of To the Budding creative Writer: A Handbook and author of The Betrayed Town and Other Poems. She is also currently coordinating and editing a book on Anglophone Cameroon Drama and Theatre and a multidisciplinary text on Women’s movements and the struggle for socio-political space in the grasslands of Cameroon.

Dr Piet Konings is a sociologist of development Dr Piet Konings who has worked at the African Studies Centre in Leiden (The Netherlands) for more than 30 years. After his retirement in 2008 he has remained attached to this institute as an honorary fellow. He has carried out extensive research on the political economy and civil society in West Africa, notably in Ghana and Cameroon, and has published widely in these fields’. His most recent publications include: Neoliberal Bandwagonism: Civil Society and Politics of Belonging in Anglophone Cameroon and Crisis; Neoliberal Reforms in Africa: Civil Society and Agro-Industry in Anglophone Cameroon’s Plantation Economy; The Politics of Neoliberal Reforms in Africa: State and Civil Society in Cameroon; and Negotiating an Anglophone Identity: A Study of the Politics of Recognition and Representation in Cameroon.

Milton Krieger taught in the general education Milton KriegerAfrica and “global South” curriculum at Western Washington University, 1970-2003. Study elsewhere in Africa and writings on Nigeria preceded research four times in Cameroon, 1989-1999, with short publications in policy areas of education, language and culture (focused on Maurice Tadadjeu and the periodical Abbia) and two books on recent and contemporary politics, African State and Society in the 1990s: Cameroon’s Political Crossroads (co-authored, 1998) and Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front (2008).Retirement activity includes political asylum advocacy for Cameroonians in the U.S.A.

Munyaradzi Mawere holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr Mawere also holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and B.A (Hons) Degree in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently Professor in the Department of Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. Before joining this university, Dr Mawere was a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and at Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique, where he has also worked in different capacities as a Senior lecturer, Assistant Research Director, Postgraduate Co-ordinator and Associate Professor. He has an outstanding publishing record of more than ninety-five pieces of work which include more than twenty books and over seventy book chapters and papers in scholarly journals. His research interests include, but not limited to, knowledge studies, environmental conservation, African studies, decoloniality, post-coloniality, African political systems, culture and heritage studies.

Francis Nyamnjoh joined the University of Cape Town Francis B. Nyamnjoh in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA. He is: a B1 rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF); a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011; a fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014; a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2016; and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011. His scholarly books include: Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (2005); Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (2006); “C’est l’homme qui fait l’homme”: Cul-de-Sac Ubuntu-ism in Côte d’Ivoire (2015); and #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa (2016).

Itaru Ohta is Professor at the Center for African Area Studies, and the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He has carried out anthropological research among the Turkana in Kenya for over three decades, and the Himba in Namibia. His major publications include Conflict Resolution and Coexistence: Realizing ‘African Potentials’ (2014, co-edited), Displacement Risks in Africa (2005, co-edited), The Nomads in Africa (2004 in Japanese, co-edited), and Marriage and Bridewealth Negotiations among the Turkana in Northwestern Kenya (2007).

Michaela Pelican is Junior Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne. She is also the co-director of the University of Cologne Forum "Ethnicity as a Political Resource: Perspectives from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe" and a member of the Global South Studies Center Cologne (GSSC). Michaela’s current focus is on South-South mobility and migrant transnationalism, and involves research in Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates, and China. Concurrently, she is working on indigeneity in Africa, a topic that emerged from her previous research on interethnic relations and identity politics in Cameroon. Michaela also has a long experience of working with Fulbe-Mbororo in Cameroon. Moreover, she has a strong interest in visual and media anthropology, and has been using methods of visual and theatre anthropology throughout her research. In her teaching she concentrates on research methodology, political and social anthropology, anthropology of religion, and the anthropology of Africa. Michaela has published on Fulbe agro-pastoral economy, interethnic relations, witchcraft, citizenship, indigeneity, and migrant transnationalism. Her most recent publications include the book “Masks and Staffs. Identity Politics in the Cameroon Grassfields” (Berghahn 2015) and three special issues: “Global African Entrepreneurs” (UAS 43, 1-3, 2014) co-edited with Mahir Saul, “’Making a future’ in contemporary Africa” (Journal des Africanistes 84, 1, 2014) co-edited with Jan-Patrick Heiss, “Indigenous Identities and Ethnic Coexistence in Africa” (African Studies Monographs 36, 1, 2015) co-edited with Junko Maruyama.

Michael Rowlands is a Professor Emeritus of Michael Rowlands Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. His research interests include the theorisation and conceptualisation of cultural heritage and material culture studies in relation to issues of cultural transmission. His most recent research in Cameroon and China has been concerned with how ideas of heritage have been built into development discourses and how these are used to transform ideas of locality and community. He has conducted field research in West Africa (Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia) and S.W. China and currently he coordinates a cultural heritage research project between China and Europe co-funded by the British Academy and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 

Dibussi Tande was born in Buea, Cameroon in Dibussi Tande 1968. A poet, journalist, essayist and blogger, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Law and a post-graduate diploma in Political Science from the University of Yaounde, and Masters degrees in Political Science and Instructional Technology from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago) and Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) respectively. He is author of No Turning Back (2007) and Scribbles from the Den: Essays on Politics and Collective Memory in Cameroon (2009). He has established himself as Cameroon’s preeminent blogger, and his award-winning blog, Scribbles from the Den, is ranked among the top 100 African blogs.

Kathryn Toure studied political science, history Kathryn Toureand humanities at the Universities of Kansas and of Iowa (USA), the University of Grenoble (France), and the University of Cocody (Cote d’Ivoire). At the Kenyan company Africa Online she with others helped get African newspapers online for the first time in the 1990s. From Bamako in Mali she coordinated the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa and boosted field and publishing opportunities for young researchers. She co-edited ICT and Changing Mindsets in Education, co-authored the chapter Communiquer pour enrichir les politiques d’intégration? in a book published by Springer in 2013, and authored Pedagogical appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICT) by West African Educators. Toure worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in its West and Central Africa office in Dakar and completed a PhD in education with the University of Montreal in 2015.

Jean-Pierre Warnier obtained a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1975) under the supervision of Igor Kopytoff, and a Doctoratd’Etat at Paris-Nanterre (1983). Since 1971, he has conducted extensive research in the Cameroon Grassfields and more particularly on the kingdom of Mankon, with a particular focus on bodily and material cultures, political economy and history. He taught at Ahmadu Bello University and Jos in Nigeria, and at the University of Yaounde until 1985 when he was recruited as a professor of anthropology at University Paris-Descartes. He retired in 2006 while keeping a position as a Research Fellow at Centre d’Etudesafricaines (EHESS-IRD, Paris). He is the author of numerous articles and books including The Pot-King. The Body and Technologies of Power (Brill, 2007), and Cameroon Grassfields Civilization (Langaa, 2012).