Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

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University of Toronto


Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is a doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Yale University, where he holds the Felix G. Evangelist, Douglass R. Bomeisler, and Falk Foundation Fellowships.

His dissertation, which he has tentatively entitled, “From the North Star to the Black Star: African North Americans and the Search for a Homeland in Canada, 1919 to 1985,” illuminates the cross-border migrations and examines the human and civil rights activism of African-descended peoples. His dissertation also uncovers the counter-subversion tactics that the Canadian and U.S. security and intelligence apparatus deployed to undermine black citizenship.

Wendell is a Trudeau Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow. He has over ten years of experience working in youth gang intervention, community development, and education policy in Canada—as well as championing access to quality education for impoverished students, and promoting peace-building and inter-ethnic dialogue in sub-Saharan Africa. Wendell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. He is a Visiting Scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto) for the 2016-17 academic year.

Born in venerable Teshie in Accra, Ghana, Wendell’s paternal and maternal patrilineal clans are Atrékor Wé and Nii Ablorh Adjei Wé, respectively.

Featured News

  • Wendell Adjetey (African American Studies /History ‘18) wins the Trudeau Foundation fellowship, “considered the most prestigious doctoral award for the social sciences and humanities in Canada. The scholarship supports outstanding doctoral students who are committed to solving issues of critical importance to Canada and the world.” Yale News, May 27, 2014
  • Wendell Adjetey (African American Studies /History ‘18) has been awarded the Canadian Studies Prize (2012-2013) for graduate students for his essay, “Saving Jimmy Wilson: Canadian Racial Consciousness and Alabama Justice, 1958.” The award is administered by the Committee on Canadian Studies through the MacMillan Center.
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada has awarded Wendell Adjetey (African American Studies/History ‘18) a three-year Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Wendell Adjetey (African American Studies /History ‘18) has been selected to serve as a Graduate Affiliate to the 2013 Yale World Fellows.