Bernard Forjwuor

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

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Bernard Forjwuor is a visiting assistant professor of Politics at Whitman College. Before joining Whitman College, he was a Burke, Hofman, Kolman Teaching Scholar at the University of Notre Dame. He was also Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD) Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics at Mount Holyoke College, where he taught courses in Black Political Thought, Politics of Decolonization, Imperial Neoliberalism, and Race Governance.

His research and teaching interests include African political thought; black political thought; theories of empire; postcolonial political theory; critical race theory; psychoanalysis; contemporary political theory/philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston.

His current book project, Decolonizing the Politics and Discourse of Colonialism, interrogates ways the colonial and the racial, by folding acts of self-governance and self-determination into the mechanisms of their various undertakings, pre-determine liberal democratic outcomes. Hence, liberal democratic politics, as means through which autonomous postcolonial political processes affirm the terms of liberty, sovereignty, and independence, routinely functions to reinscribe the colonial it is constituted to negate. He reads sovereignty as a site where the colonial and the racial are transformed into democratic wills.

Ph.D., African American Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston (2015)
M.A., African American Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston (2011)
M.A., Political Science, Ohio University, Athens (2009)
M.A., African Studies, Ohio University, Athens (2008)
M.A., Theater Studies, University of Guelph, Guelph (2005)
B.A., Theater Studies and English, University of Ghana, Legon (2001)

African Politics
Politics of Globalization
African Political Thought
Race and International Politics
Politics of Globalization