Francis B. Nyamnjoh holds a BA (1984) and an MA (1985) from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and a PhD (1990), from the University of Leicester, UK. He joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009.
He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana, where he was awarded the “Senior Arts Researcher of the Year” prize for 2003. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA, and of the 2014 Eko Prize for African Literature.
He is a B2 rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) since 2010, a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011, a Fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011.
- Negotiating an Anglophone Identity (Brill, 2003).
- Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa (Zed Books, 2004).
- Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (Zed Books, 2005).
- Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (CODESRIA/ZED Books, 2006).
- Mobile Phones: The New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa (Langaa/African Studies Centre Leiden, 2009).
- The Postcolonial Turn: Re-Imagining Anthropology and Africa (Langaa /African Studies Centre, Leiden, 2011).
- Side@Ways: Mobile Margins and the Dynamics of Communication in Africa (Langaa /African Studies Centre, Leiden, 2013).
Most recent journal articles
- 2011: "Cameroonian Bushfalling: Negotiation of Identity and Belonging in Fiction and Ethnography," in: American Ethnologist, Vol.38(4):701-713.
- 2012: "Potted Plants in Greenhouses: A Critical Reflection on the Resilience of Colonial Education in Africa," in: Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol.47(2):129-154.
- 2012: "Blinded by Sight: Diving the Future of Anthropology in Africa," in: Africa Spectrum Vol.47(2-3):63-92.
- 2013: "The Nimbleness of Being Fulani," in: Africa Today Vol.59(3):105-134.
- 2013: "Fiction and Reality of Mobility in Africa," in: Citizenship Studies Vol.17(6-7):653-680.
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