Dr. Suzanne James 
AFST Program Chair
Instructor: AFST 370

BA (Honours) UBC, MA UBC, PhD SFU

Office: BuTo 309

Dr. Suzanne James chairs the African Studies Minor program and teaches African, Canadian and Children’s Literature. As well as teaching at UBC for the last 12 years, she has taught in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Romania. Suzanne lived in rural Zimbabwe from 1982-85, and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania between 1991-94 and 1998-2005. Her areas of academic specialization include African women’s writing, post-apartheid South African writing, contemporary Canadian fiction, children’s literature and queer criticism.


Dr. Kofi J. S. Gbolonyo 
Instructor: AFST 250A and AFST 352A

Sessional Lecturer, African Studies and Music (Ethnomusicology)
Director, UBC African Music and Dance

Dip Ed (Winneba, Gh.), BA (Legon, Gh.), PhD & MA (Pittsburgh)

Office: Buchanan E166

Dr. Kofi J. S. Gbolonyo joined the UBC School of music and the African Studies Minor program as a Visiting Assistant Professor in September, 2009, soon after completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with a Graduate Certificate in African studies, at the University of Pittsburgh. Since joining UBC faculty, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Ethnomusicology and African Studies, founded and directs the UBC African Music and Dance Ensemble.

Kofi Gbolonyo is a scholar, educator, and performer whose primary research, expertise, and educational interests are in West African traditional music and dance, Ewe indigenous knowledge, language and culture, Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, multicultural music education, Ghanaian brass band and choral music. His scholarship focuses on indigenous knowledge and cultural values in the musical practices of the Ewe and Fon of West Africa.


Deena Dinat  
Instructor: AFST 351A & 352B

Office: Buchanan E166

Deena was born in Botswana and raised in South Africa. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand (2012), and an MA from the University of British Columbia (2015).

He is a PhD Candidate in the English Department at UBC, located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam people. His dissertation concerns the intersections of the nation, post-colonial capitalism and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

He also works and writes on photography, film, representations of the city, and eco-criticism.