CAAS Administration

Administratively based at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, CAAS is governed by a Board of Directors representing all regions of Canada and the two official national languages – English and French.

Board of Directors:

President – Meredith Terretta, University of Ottawa, @MTerretta

CAAS President Meredith Terretta

Meredith Terretta earned her PhD in African history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds the Gordon F. Henderson Research Chair in Human Rights and teaches history at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in themes of African liberation movements, legal activism, histories of refuge-seeking, and human rights. She has recently coedited African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights (Ohio University Press, 2015). Her most recent single-authored book is Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition, and State-Building in Cameroon (Ohio University Press, New African Histories Series, 2014). Her articles appear in numerous journals including The Journal of Contemporary History, The Canadian Journal of History, Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps, Politique africaine, The Journal of World History, Human Rights Quarterly, and The Journal of African History. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Activism at the Fringes of Empire: Rogue Lawyers and Rights Activists In and Out of Twentieth Century Africa.

Vice-President – Uwafiokun Idemudia, York University

CAAS Vice-President Idemudia

Department of Social Science

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, International Development Studies (IDS) Program

Past President – Marc Epprecht, Queen’s University

Marc Epprecht is Professor at the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University, and was CAAS President from 2016-2018 as well as the local organizer for the 2009 and 2018 CAAS conferences in Kingston.

Secretary-Treasurer – Miriam Grant, University of British Columbia

CAAS Secretary-Treasurer Miriam Grant

Miriam Grant is a Professor (Geography) in the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies, UBC Okanagan (Associate Member, Geography, UBC; Adjunct, Geography, University of Calgary).  With a PhD from Queen’s University, she was a faculty member at the University of Calgary for twenty years before moving to UBCO to become Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (2011-2018).

She is an urban social Geographer whose Zimbabwe-based research includes low-income housing, social and economic vulnerability of youth, gendered aspects of HIV/AIDS caregiving, the urban elite in Bulawayo, and linkages between migration and urban food security in Southern Africa. Her work has been published in journals including Geoforum, GeoJournal, Social and Cultural Geography, Development Southern Africa, Social Dynamics, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies. She has been a member of CAAS since 1988.


  • Nathan Andrews, University of Northern British Columbia

Member-at-Large Nathan Andrews

At the moment, I am completing the research that formed the basis of my Banting postdoctoral fellowship. The focus of the project is on the socio-economic and political ramifications of oil and gas development in Ghana. With this background on Ghana, I seek to include two additional countries after which the project would be written up as a book manuscript for possible publication. In the meantime, I am also working with Dr. Jesse Ovadia (University of Windsor) and Dr. Andrew Grant (Queen’s University) to edit a volume based on a SSHRC-sponsored workshop organized in September 2017 titled, Mobilizing Canadian Knowledge on Natural Resource-Based Development in Africa. This project is preceded by another edited book under review with the University of Toronto Press, which was also an offshoot of a workshop co-organized at Queen’s University in May 2016 with a focus on Canada’s role in Africa’s natural resource sectors. In addition to my PhD work, all these ongoing projects reinforce my interest in the international political economy of natural resource extraction although I have a number of other related and varied research interests. I will be happy to work with students who have an interest in any of these areas of research.

  • Sylvia Bawa, York University
  • Simonne Horwitz, University of Saskatchewan
  • Katrina Keefer, Trent University


Ex-officio (by virtue of being Editors of the Canadian Journal of African Studies):

Belinda Dodson, University of Western Ontario (Coordinating Editor)

Julie Archambault, Concordia University

Martin Evans, University of Chester

Cedric Jourde, University of Ottawa

Matthew Mitchell, University of Saskatchewan

Jonathan Roberts, Mount Saint Vincent University (Book Review Editor)

Roger Riendeau, University of Toronto (Managing Editor)

CAAS Managing Editor Roger Riendeau

Roger Riendeau, former Vice Principal of Innis College, University of Toronto (2003-16), is concluding a teaching career that began in 1976. While he has taught mostly in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Innis College, his research and publications reflect his professional training as a historian – a graduate of Glendon College, York University and the University of Toronto (Canadian history specialist). Notably, he is the author of Mississauga: An Illustrated History (1985) and A Brief History of Canada (2000, second edition in 2007). As a professional editor, he has served in an advisory or a production capacity on many scholarly and popular books in various disciplines, and he has been the Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies since 1986.


CAAS Secretariat:

Institute of African Studies
Carleton University
439 Paterson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6 Canada
Tel: (613) 520-2600 x 2220

Director of the IAS

CAAS Administrative Officer

Sarah Katz-Lavigne, CAAS Communications and Advocacy Officer