Appointment of Dickson Eyoh as Acting Principal of New College

From: Melanie Woodin, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
Date: April 22, 2022
Re: Appointment of Dickson Eyoh as Acting Principal of New College

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Dickson Eyoh as the Acting Principal of New College effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023.

Professor Dickson Eyoh was born and raised in Cameroon and educated in United States (Rhodes College in Memphis) and at the University of Toronto (MA in Political Economy) and York University (PhD in Political Science). He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies. Before returning to University of Toronto, he was Lecturer in Political Science, University of Jos in Nigeria and Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Science, York University. He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of African Studies at University of Cape Town, African Institute of South Africa, and most recently was Carnegie Visiting Diaspora Scholar at the Institute of African Studies and Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon.

Professor Eyoh’s research interests include political economy of development, state-society relations in Africa, identities and politics in Africa, and Africanist discourses on development. He has published widely in journals such as African Studies Review, Development and Change, Canadian Journal of African Studies and Research on African Literatures. He has co-edited Encyclopedia of 20th Century African History (with Paul Zeleza), Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa (with Bruce Berman and Will Kymlicka), and Decentralization and the Politics of Urban Development in West Africa (with Richard Stren).

Professor Eyoh has rich and varied experiences as an academic administrator, including serving for 14 years as director of African Studies (1993-2001, 2011-2017 and 2022), as mentor to students from Africa in the MasterCard Foundation Program (2013-2021) and as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science (2017-present).

Please join me in welcoming Professor Eyoh to his new role.