Queen's African Studies Network

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About: Ghanaian-born George Sefa Dei is a renowned educator, researcher, writer, and community worker. Currently, Dr. Dei is Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies (O.I.S.E.) in Education of the University of Toronto, and Co-Chairs the African Community Networking Committee in Toronto, an organization dedicated to the economic and social enhancement of African peoples in Canada.

Dr. Dei was the First President of the Ghanaian-Canadian Union, an umbrella group of Ghanaian-Canadian cultural, ethnic and religious associations in Ontario. He was also on the board of AfroGlobal TV, and of the National Scholarship Fund (formerly Harry Jerome Awards) of the Black Business and Professionals Association (BBPA).

Dr. Dei has been a major proponent and a pioneering voice in the establishment of Black-focused/African-Centred schools in Canada. In June of 2007, Professor Dei was installed as the Adumakwaahene (chief) of the town of Asokore, Ghana. His stool name is Nana Sefa Atweneboah I.


Research Interests: Anti-Racism, Minority Schooling, International Development, Anti-Colonial Thought and Indigenous Knowledges Systems.


PublicationsDr. Dei has published 26 books and over 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His recent books include: Teaching Africa: Towards Transgressive Pedagogy (Springer, 2010), Learning to Succeed: Improving Educational Achievement for All (Teneo Press, 2010), and an international reader entitled, Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011). 

Dr. Dei has co-edited Contemporary Issues in African Science Education (Sense Publishers, 2012), Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2013), and Politics of Critical Anti-Racism Education: In Search of Strategies for Transformative Learning (Springer Publishers, 2014). In 2013, he co-authored New Perspectives on Africentric Schooling in Canada (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013).


Awards: Dr. Dei is the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Race, Gender, and Class Project Academic Award,” 2002 in New Orleans, the “African-Canadian Outstanding Achievement in Education” from the Pride Magazine, 2003 in Toronto, and the City of Toronto’s “William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations” in 2003. He is also the 2006 recipient of the Planet Africa “Renaissance Award” for his professional achievements in the field of African education, anti-racism and youth, and the recipient of the 2007 Canadian Alliance of Black Educators Award for “Excellence in Education and Community Development.” Dr. Dei is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute in Philadelphia, US.