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The 2010 Distinguished Africanist Awards:Professor N’Dri Assie-Lumumba and Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

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Professor N’Dri Assie-Lumumba and Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo were awarded, each separately and for their respective scholarship, the 2010 Distinguished Africanist Award offered by the New York State African Studies Association (NYASA) on March 27, 2010 at NYASA’s Annual Conference at SUNY Binghamton on the theme of "GLOBAL-AFRICA, GLOBAL-ASIA: Africa and Asia in the Age of Globalization."

The Distinguished Africanist Award is "awarded to an academic by the NYASA Executive Board for outstanding contributions to the field of Africana Studies in New York.” In the past, other awardees have included: Chinua Achebe, Ali Mazrui, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Mahmood Mamdani, and Micere Mugo.

N’Dri Assie-Lumumba is Professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell and a member of the graduate fields of Education; International Development; International Agriculture and Rural Development; and Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA). A lifetime Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science since 2006, Assie-Lumumba has published extensively on various areas with particular expertise on higher education, comparative and international education, gender/women and equity. Professor Assie-Lumumba’s scholarship includes her editorial works for several prestigious professional journals mostly in North America, Africa, and Asia, numerous articles published in referred journals, book chapters, and peer-reviewed monographs. Her article

"Educational and Economic Reforms, Gender Equity, and Access to Schooling in Africa" published in 2000 in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, won the 2001 "Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on African descendants" offered by Comparative and International Education Society to recognize "an outstanding article that demonstrates academic rigor, originality, and excellence, and contributes to a better understanding of the experiences of African descendants." Her extensive publications include her authored, edited and co-edited books: Higher Education in Africa: Crises, Reforms, and Transformation (CODESRIA); Cyberspace, Distance Learning, and Higher Education in Developing Countries: Old and Emergent Issues of Access, Pedagogy, and Knowledge Production; African Voices in Education; Les Africaines dans la Politique: Femmes Baoulé de Côte d’Ivoire; Women and Higher Education in Africa: Reconceptualizing Gender-based Human Capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge. A translated edition of this in Spanish been just published in Spain. Translations for publication in French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese are in progress. Her ongoing research projects included her research on "Generations of African Intellectuals" and development of African universities with partial funding from the Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Cornell Institute for Social Sciences.

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo Professor of Political Science at Wells College where he served as Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Public Affairs; and He is currently Chair of the Department of International Studies; He is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University; He is also Adjunct Professor of Government in the Graduate Program of the Department of Government at Suffolk University; He is Chercheur Associé at l’Institut d’Ethnosociologie at Université de Cocody, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; And co-founder of CEPARRED. He is the Editor-in-Chief of African and Asian Studies, a social science journal published by Brill in the Netherlands and co-editor of the African Journal of International Affairs/Revue Africaine des Relations Internationales (CODESRIA). He serves on the editorial committees of many other referred journals. Lumumba-Kasongo has published over hundred book chapters, monographs, and peer-reviewed articles.

He has published many books: The Dynamics of Economic and Political Relations Between Africa and Foreign Powers: A Studies in International Relations, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1999; Rise of Multipartyism and Democracy in the Global Context: the Case of Africa, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1998; Political Re-mapping of Africa: Transnational Ideology and the Re-definition of Africa in World Politics, Lanhman, Maryland: University Press of America, 1994; Nationalistic Ideologies, Their Policy Implications and The Struggle for Democracy in African Politics, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1991; Who and What Govern in the World of the States?: A Comparative Study of Constitutions, Citizenry, Power, and Ideology in Contemporary Politics, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America 2005. He has edited several books: Liberal Democracy and Its Critics in Africa: Political Dysfunction and the Struggle for Social Progress (CODESRIA), Senegal, Dakar; United Kingdom, London: Zed Books, 2005 and 2006; Dynamics and Policy Implications of the Global Reforms at the End of Second Millennium: A Comparative Perspective, Leiden, The Netherlands: The Brill Academic Publishers, 2000. He co-edited Structural Adjustment and The Crisis in Africa: Economic and Political Perspective, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.

His well-publicized book is: Japan and Africa Relations has just been published by Palgrave-McMillan (

July 20 2010