Our profile page for the class of MSc in African Studies 2017/18 is currently a work in progress.
Esther May Brown
From 2014-2017 I was a student at the New College of the Humanities, University of London, where I studied for a BSc in Political Science. My research for the African Studies MSc very much builds on this training and my primary research focus is an exploration into the inapplicability of traditional theories of democratisation to African states. My dissertation looks at this more specifically in the case of Botswana and whether 50 years after independence it is the model African democracy that it is hailed to be. In the future I plan to continue this research into a DPhil and continue working on democracy in Southern Africa.
I hold a BA majoring in International Studies and a minor in African Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco). I am particularly interested in relations between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa, and more precisely in the perception of Morocco's outreach with its southern counterparts. In my dissertation, I will look at Morocco's state authority in Sahara and how it is perceived by Sub-Saharan State, with a focus on Nigeria.
I hold a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. My research interests lie at the intersection between state capacity and institutional reform in transitional democracies and the region-security crisis nexus that implicates regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union. I am hoping to investigate the changing security paradigmes of regions and assess the effective responses to security crises by regional organizations.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History from the University of Zimbabwe and an MPhil in African History from Rhodes University, South Africa. My research focuses on the epidemiological history of colonial Zimbabwe using Gokwe district a case study. Currently I am working on the history of the Zharare clinic which operated in Gokwe Nembudziya from 1962 to 1981. The research seeks to broaden our intellectual scope on African innovativeness and adaptation in environments which were perceived as 'diseased'.
Joshua Alexander Nott
I am a South African Rhodes Scholar (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's, 2017) in my first year of studies at the University of Oxford. Between 2012 and 2016 I studied at the University of Cape Town and hold a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Studies and Law (distinction in Political Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws (cum laude). My research interests concern the interrelationship between politics and the law during the South African transition to democracy. My dissertation will consider the exclusion of socioeconomic class from section 9 of the South African Constitution and the consequent implications of such an exclusion for the broader democratic sociopolitical dispensation.
I hold a BA in International Studies with a regional specialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa from Leiden University (the Netherlands). I have interned with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Germany and Togo prior to starting with the MSc in African Studies. I am interested in Africa-China relations and my dissertation will explore the African perspective of German and Chinese technical cooperation in the agricultural sector in West Africa.
Ernest Plange Kwofie
I graduated with a bachelors degree in Political Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). My research interests lie in African politics, political parties, political behaviour and elections. In my dissertation, I will examine political behaviour at the micro-level in Ghana.
I read for an LLB at Bristol University, in the course of which I did an Erasmus year at the Université de Bordeaux, taking French law courses. My research interests include comparative constitutionalism, human rights and law’s interaction with neighbouring disciplines. My dissertation will consider the use of big data in recent African elections, informed particularly by the literature on comparative privacy law, democratic theory and the law of democracy.
Seraphim M. De-Souza
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. My interest is in the loss of African indigenous languages, and I’m currently working on indigenous languages and language use in Ghana. I am particular about indigenous minority languages and would be exploring, in my dissertation, their ambivalence vis-à-vis major indigenous Ghanaian languages but more specifically, Western languages, in 21st century Ghana. I will be focusing on how growing interest in English usage is shaping social status, respectability and to a large extent elitism.