Professor Wisdom J. Tettey is a political scientist and a leading researcher on African diaspora, politics and media.
The author of several publications on Africa—including on the political economy of globalization and information technology; media, politics and civic engagement; African higher education; and the African diaspora—Tettey has looked at addressing the brain drain from the continent. In 2005, he was the lead investigator on a World Bank study on faculty retention in African universities and, in 2017, he received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada award to look at human rights issues for people affected with albinism.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Ghana studying political science and Russian, Tettey spent his third year in Moscow at the height of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost programs. Soon after, he came to Canada as an international student to pursue a master’s degree in political science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He holds a PhD in political studies from Queen’s University.
Before joining U of T Scarborough in 2018, Tettey was the dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Prior to being appointed to the Barber School, Professor Tettey served four years as Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. Tettey was a Killam Resident Fellow at the University of Calgary and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development. He was named a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.