Wisdom Tettey

Wisdom Tettey
Vice-President University of Toronto, Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Professor Department of Political Science, Professor Department of Global Development Studies
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Dr. Wisdom J. Tettey Vice-President & Principal of University of Toronto Scarborough. Born in Ghana, he holds a PhD from Queen’s University, and an MA from UBC. His research interests include political economy of globalization and information technology in Africa; media, politics and civic engagement in Africa; African higher education and the knowledge society; and, transnational citizenship and the African diaspora. 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.

Research Fields: African Politics, Political Communications, Comparative Politics, Development Studies

Research Interests

Information Technology, Civic Engagement , and the Political Economy of Globalization

I have an interest in the new information and communications technologies and their impact on society, particularly in Africa. I undertake research on the relationship between these technologies, on the one hand, and institutional capacity building, transnational civil society, and deterritorialized citizenship on the other. I am also interested in how these technologies intersect with the trans-nationalization of the sex trade and fraud.

Mass Media And Democratization

I am also engaged in research on the African mass media and their relevance for the democratization processes in Africa. My work assesses the remarkable progress in media proliferation over the last few years to ascertain whether they been accompanied by a commensurate expansion in the diversity of democratic expression, monitoring of the state, and state responsiveness. The ethical frameworks within which they operate is also of interest.

Race, Ethnicity And Citizenship

I am interested in exploring the history and notion of citizenship in Canada, with particular reference to how it relates to race, ethnicity, and geographical origin of immigrants. I seek to understand the dialectical contradiction that pits the legalism of citizenship with the reality of racial and ethnic qualifiers of citizenship. My work examines how citizenship is defined in different historical and contemporary contexts and how those definitions affect the position of various groups, their sense of identity, their representation, their political participation, and the multiple resistances that are generated in response to those definitions. My research focuses specifically on the experiences of the African community.

Higher Education Capacity Building in Africa, Brain Drain, and Diaspora Knowledge Networks

Another area of research focuses on higher education systems in Africa, particularly with respect to their capacity to regenerate the academy and to offer competitive academic programs within a global knowledge economy that satisfy the continent’s developmental needs. My work in this area also explores the development of Diaspora networks, knowledge and resource mobilization within those networks, and how they may be deployed to address brain drain and capacity deficits within the higher education sector.





  • 2006. Curriculum on Civil-Military Relations for the Ghana Armed Forces. Report prepared for the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Education Directorate of the Ghana Armed Forces, 18pp.


  • 2007. Francis B. Nyamnjoh. Africa’s Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging. Zed Books: London and New York; UNISA Press: Pretoria, 2005, in Canadian Journal of African Studies, vol. 41, no.1, pp. 162-165
  • 2006. Ernest J. Wilson III. The Information Revolution and Developing Countries. Cambridge, MA; London, England: MIT Press, 2004, in New Media and Society, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 339-342
  • 2002. Richard Fardon and Graham Furniss (eds.): African Broadcast Cultures: Radio in Transition. James Curry: Oxford; Baobab: Harare; David Philip: Cape Town; Praeger: Westport, CT., 2000, in Canadian Journal of African Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 143-146.