Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is a historian of the twentieth-century United States and Canada, completing his Ph.D. in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Yale University. His doctoral project, entitled “From the North Star to the Black Star: African North Americans and the Search for a Homeland in Canada, 1919-1985,” examines the racial consciousness, cross-border migrations, and civil and human rights activism of African-descended peoples in the United States and Canada. He studies shared strategies of resistance, and the emergence and divergence of a post-war civil and human rights regime in the United States and Canada, respectively. Using declassified materials to shed light on the counter-subversion cooperation between U.S. and Canadian security and intelligence services during the 1960s and 1970s, Adjetey’s research provides one of the first historical accounts of how the two governments undermined black citizenship rights in North America.
Adjetey received the M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale in May 2015, and will earn the Ph.D. in May 2018. He is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholar, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award for the humanities and social sciences. He holds numerous awards, prizes, and distinctions, including Yale’s Felix G. Evangelist, Douglass R. Bomeisler, Falk Foundation, and Edla J. McPherson Fellowships. He has held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. In 2016-2017, he studied as a Visiting Scholar and Senior Resident Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Adjetey earned an undergraduate degree in history and political science in 2008, and an M.A. in 2009 in political science and ethnic, immigration, and pluralism studies from the University of Toronto. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar and Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the History Section at MIT.