Our Advisory Board

Freida Ekotto

Frieda Ekotto is a Francophone African woman novelist and literary critic. She is Professor of AfroAmerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan and is currently the Hunting Family Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Ford Foundation seed grant for research and collaborative work with institutions of higher learning in Africa. 

Her selected publications are listed below:

Race and Sex across the French Atlantic: The Color of Black in Literary, Philosophical, and Theater Discourse  Massachusetts: Lexington Press, 2011.

Ekotto, F. and Koh, A. “Frantz Fanon in Malaysia: Reconfiguring the Ideological Landscape of Négriture in Sepet.” in Land and Landscape in Francophone Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories. Ed. Magali Compan and Katarzyna Pieprzak (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), pp. 121-141.

Michael Connell

Michael Connell is a fully qualified teacher from Melbourne Australia with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, a Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Masters of International Relations. He has formerly taught in both Melbourne High School (MHS) and Beijing SMIC Private School. His academic field of expertise ranges from humanities to social sciences, including US history, international relations, and identity politics. 

Sunny Mewati

Sunny Mewati is currently teaching economics, business, and international relations at Beijing SMIC Private School. He has a Bechelor of Engineering degree and a Master of Economics degree; additionally, he has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK and a Professional Educator License (PEL) in the State of Illinois with endorsements in Economics, Business, Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology (Grades 7-12). His academic field of expertise includes economics, politics, critical academic writing, and debate.

Julio Sanchez

Julio L. Sánchez Hernández is a teacher of AP US History, AP Human Geography, AP World History, World History and US History at Beijing SMIC Private School with a BA in humanities from University of the Andes and a MA from Western Kentucky University; he has also formerly taught at the History Department of University of the Andes. His particular academic focus is history.