Dr. Shadrack Nasong'o, professor of international studies at Rhodes, is the recipient of a 2020 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. Through the fellowship program, African-born scholars participate in educational projects at higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
“The fellowship provides funding for me to spend two months at Egerton University in Kenya to help develop curriculum for a master’s degree program in international relations and diplomacy and to help mentor graduate students and junior faculty in social science research methods and pedagogical strategies for effective teaching and learning,” says Nasong'o.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC.
Born and raised in Western Kenya, Nasong’o is a prominent critical voice on African politics and has been widely recognized for his prolific research and scholarship on Africa. In 2012, he received Rhodes’ Clarence Day Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. In 2016, he received University of Texas at Austin’s Ali Mazrui Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence. Nasong’o served as chair of Rhodes’ Department of International Studies for five years.