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Economics professor Macleans Geo-JaJa was awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Professor Macleans Geo-JaJa from the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Nigeria to work with Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Salamatu Isah on collaborative research publication, teaching, and knowledge transfer.

Geo-JaJa will help implement concepts for improving economies and education in localized areas and will conduct research to gather insights for future long-term development in Nigeria. He will also share his results with the Brigham Young University community and collaborate with faculty and student groups to implement rights-based innovative practices to increase academic exchanges and knowledge transfer.

The Ahmadu Bello University Zaria project is one of the 69 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training, and mentoring activities. Geo-JaJa is one of 70 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa this summer to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health.

Now in its fourth year, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has helped 239 African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect with their peers at universities throughout Africa. The program is designed to build capacity at the host institutions in Africa and to develop long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between the universities. The Fellowships are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education. The United States International University–Africa provides strategic direction through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and an Advisory Council he chairs. The program selects projects that were proposed by the host universities and matches them with African-born scholars. It also grants scholars a daily stipend and covers the visiting scholars’ expenses, including transportation and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.

Geo-JaJa is a professor of economics and education in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, where he directs international research in rights in education, capabilities deprivation, and right to development. He is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow and a visiting research professor at Zhejiang Normal University, China.

He has just been appointed an advisory board member to the World Council of Comparative Education Society. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Nigerian Think Tank and is on numerous journal editorial boards, including the editorial consulting board of the UNESCO International Review of Education.

By Jake Taylor