Amina Mama, Ph.D.

amina mama

Position Title
Director of Feminist Research Institute, Professor

Unit
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

1209 Hart Hall
Bio

Professor Amina Mama, widely published and travelled Nigerian/British feminist activist, researcher and scholar, has lived and worked Nigeria, South Africa, Britain, the Netherlands and the USA. She spent 10 years (1999-2009) leading the establishment of the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute as a continental resource dedicated to developing transformative scholarship bringing feminist theory and activism together. Founding editor of the continental journal of gender studies, Feminist Africa, her publications include Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Routledge 1995), Women’s Studies and Studies of Women in Africa (CODESRIA 1996), Engendering African Social Sciences (co-edited, CODESRIA 1997) and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Committed to strengthening activism and activist research in African contexts, her research interests include culture and subjectivity, politics and policy, women’s movements and militarism. She and Yaba Badoe co-produced the 50-minute documentary film ‘The Witches of Gambaga’ 2010.