Appointment of Professor John Stanfield as Distinguished Research Fellow in the DGSD unit

The HSRC would like to welcome Prof John Stanfield to the DGSD unit.  He commenced his position as Distinguished Research Fellow in the Cape Town office on 22 September 2016.

Professor  John H. Stanfield, II was recruited from the United States and appointed effective June 2, 2014  as BIUST  Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Public Policies and as Founding Director of the Mogae International Development and Governance Research Institute  (named after BIUST Chancellor and former Botswana President Festus Mogae) with years of experience in participating in, designing, and directing think tanks and research centers.

Professor Stanfield  was recruited from Indiana University Bloomington where he was for a number of years  a  senior historical  sociologist of knowledge focused on  cross-national studies of human rights and multicultural restorative justice in African and African Diaspora Studies and in several other fields such as philanthropic studies  related to international development and governance issues pertinent to peace and  justice issues in culturally divided communities and nations.

Before Indiana, Professor Stanfield was a senior faculty member at Yale University, College of William and Mary , Morehouse College, and University of California Davis along with having a Senior Fulbright Professorship at  University of Sierra Leone , a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Professorship in Catholic University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and  being a Visiting Scholar in the University of London School for Oriental and African Studies as a Social Science Research Council Advanced Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies.  He also served as a consultant to the African Union and to the national government of Rwanda as well as taught one summer in the University of Cape Town Institute on Diversity.

Professor Stanfield  has received research oriented  grants and fellowships  from private foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation and other sources such as the  National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Professor Stanfield  received  his B.A. magna cum laude ( high honors) summa cum laude ( highest honor in Sociology) from California State University Fresno where he was the first and last African American selected as the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the California State University Fresno Alumni Association on his graduation night in a class of 3,000 students.

Professor Stanfield’s Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology were awarded from Northwestern University , “The Harvard of the Midwest” at age 25. He became the first American born African American and the second African descent scholar to be promoted in the  Yale Department of Sociology and went from  there to become the youngest African American to receive a distinguished professorship in a prominent historically white research university.  Professor Stanfield is originally from upstate New York where he spent most of his formative years on a small farm. At age 16, his parents, three sisters, and he moved to the Sacramento, California area where he completed high school.

Professor Stanfield is an ordained ecumenical Baptist minister with a growing global  internet spiritual advising ministry called Faith and Justice Sunday Conversations. He received his  STM ( Masters of Sacred Theology) from Boston University. He is the author of seminal books and articles and the former editor of a prominent international  social science book series on race and ethnicity which have influenced the thinking of sociologically oriented intellectuals  and policy makers across generations  in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, Europe, and Asia interested in sociology of knowledge concerns for  how intellectuals develop their epistemologies, theories, methods, and applications in culturally divided communities and societies.

Professor Stanfield has dedicated much of his research and scholarship to recovering indigenous epistemologies of global  African descendent intellectual thought in Western canons and as alternative explanations of human experiences in the  biological and social sciences and in the history of  tropical medical research and practices in Africa. He has also written extensively on the ethics and politics of infectious disease research in the history of sociological conceptions of U.S. southern blacks and black Africans; on the historical sociology of Jim Crow medicine and healthcare in the United States supported by philanthropic foundations prior to World War II;  and  the comparative sociological history of “race” in Brazil, Great Britain, India, Rwanda, South Africa, and United States. Most recently he has not only been researching cross-national comparisons in multicultural restorative justice issues but also  comparative indigenous origins of  democratic nation- building in African and Western Hemispheric nations.

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