Sefa Dei, George J. 1954–

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Sefa Dei, George J. 1954–

(George J. Sefa Dei, George Jerry Sefa Dei)


Born December 9, 1954, in Asokore-Koforidua, Ghana; son of Edward C. (a cocoa officer) and Agnes (a homemaker) Sefa Dei; married; wife's name Winsome (divorced, July 17, 1987); married Nana Oku-Ampofo; children: Prince Yeboah. Ethnicity: "African-Canadian." Education: University of Ghana, B.A. (with honors), 1978; McMaster University, M.A., 1980; University of Toronto, Ph.D., 1986. Hobbies and other interests: Music, sports.


Home—Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Office—Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Centre for Integrative Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario M6H 1V6, Canada; fax: 416-926-4751. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, professor of sociology and equity studies in education and department head, 1991—, and professor of anthropology, also director of Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, 1996-2000, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Ghanaian-Canadian Union, president; Canadian-Ghanaian Organization (now Cross Edge Network), past president; African Cultural Heritage Group, patron of Anansekrom; Harry Jerome Scholarships, member of board of trustees; board member, Central Neighbourhood House, Black Secretariat, and Tractors for Our Daily Bread; member of Uhuru Collective, Reclaim Our Youth through Education and Training, Organization of Parents of Black Children, and Black Educators Working Group. Speaker throughout Canada and around the world; guest on media programs. Installed as adumakwaahene (sub-chief), town of Asokore, near Koforidua, New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana, 2007.


Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Unemployed Professional African Men and Women's Association (board member).


Grants from Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1997-2000, 2002-05; Race, Gender, and Class Project Academic Award, 2002; award for African-Canadian outstanding achievement in education, Pride magazine, 2003; William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, City of Toronto, 2003; New Pioneers Award for Community Work, Skills for Change, 2004; Ann Ramsey Award, Association of Nubian Kemetic Heritage, 2005; Planet Africa Television Award, 2006.


Anti-Racism Education: Theory and Practice, Fernwood Publishing (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1986.

Hardships and Survival in Rural West Africa: A Case Study of a Ghanaian Community, Codesria (Dakar, Senegal), 1992.

(With Josephine Mazzuca, Elizabeth McIsaac, and Jasmine Zine) Reconstructing "Drop-out": A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students' Disengagement from School, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

(Editor, with Budd Hall and Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg) Indigenous Knowledges in Global Contexts: Multiple Readings of Our World, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

(With M. James, S. James-Wilson, and others) Removing the Margins: The Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Schooling, Canadian Scholar's Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2000, teacher's companion, 2002.

(Editor, with Agnes Calliste) Power, Knowledge, and Anti-Racism Education: A Critical Reader, Fernwood Publishing (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 2000.

(Editor, with Agnes Calliste) Anti-Racist Feminism: Critical Race and Gender Studies, Fernwood Publishing (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 2000.

(With Leeno Luke Karumanchery and Nisha Karumanchery-Luik) Playing the Race Card: White Power and Privilege, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 2004.

Schooling and Education in Africa: The Case of Ghana, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

(Editor, with Gurpreet Singh Johal) Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 2005.

(Editor, with Arlo Kempf) Anti-Colonialism and Education: The Politics of Resistance, Sense Publishers (Netherlands), 2006.

(Editor, with Ali A. Abdi and Korbla P. Puplampu) African Education and Globalization: Critical Perspectives, Lexington Books (Lanham, MD), 2006.

(With Alireza Asgharzadeh, Sharon Eblaghie-Bahador, and Riyad Shahjahan) Schooling and Difference in Africa: Democratic Challenges in Contemporary Context, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2006.

(Editor, with Nuzhat Amin) The Poetics of Anti-Racism, Fernwood Publishing (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 2006.

(Editor, with Philip S.S. Howard) Crash Politics and Antiracism: Interrogations of Liberal Race Discourse, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 2008.

Coeditor of special issue, Orbit, 2003.



Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, spring, 2001, John W. Friesen, review of Removing the Margins: The Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Schooling, p. 147.

Canadian Woman Studies, summer, 2000, Donna Harrison, review of Anti-Racist Feminism: Critical Race and Gender Studies, p. 153.