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Wazir Mohamed

Acting Chair Sociology, Anthropolgy and Geography Department (SAG) and Associate Professor, Sociology
Humanities and Social Sciences
Tom Raper Hall 266
Indiana University East
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 973-8250 (Office)
(765) 973 8590 (Fax)


Current Scholarly/Research Interests

The intersections of Atlantic slavery, particularly the rise of slavery in the age of abolition, the second slavery in Cuba, Brazil, and the USA with the persistence of ethnic divisions and marginalization of the descendants of slaves in the African Diaspora of the Caribbean and the Americas. Member of the International Research Seminar on the Second Slavery -This network brings together a growing number of international researchers (approximately 36) whose academic interest and research intersects with the Second Slavery.His research makes the connection between land control, land use, and land ownership with marginalization of the majority of the working people in post-colonial societies. He is from this angle able to speak reliably on how the current spate of globalization of land (land grabbing) furthers the divide between working peoples and the owners of productive resources. Further, his research enables him to teach and speak reliably on the impact of slavery, indenture, apartheid, and Jim Crow segregation on post-colonies; and how this history has left an enduring pattern of structured racial and economic inequality that persist today.

Intersections – Research/Community Activism

Apart from teaching classes in the sociology of inequality, social change, social conflict, social problems, race and ethnicity, sociology of work, and sociology of food, professor Mohamed is very active in social justice and human rights issues. He is heavily involved in community work and social justice activism at the local, national, and international levels of society,which ranged from participation for four years as Chair of the Richmond Human Rights Commission, and involvement with local churches in Richmond, Indiana in the Children of Abraham Study Committee. At this moment, he coordinates the work of the “Justice for Walter Rodney Committee,” a global watchdog group that monitors the debates, educates and share information on the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of renowned historian and political activist, Walter Rodney.

International Scholar - From Guyana

Dr. Wazir Mohamed is a Guyanese who was a colleague of Walter Rodney in the struggle for a multi-racial Guyana. As a member and leader of the WPA, Dr. Mohamed spent 25 years of his young life and rose to the rank as Co-leader of that party before leaving to pursue graduate studies in Binghamton, New York in 2000.

Mohamed's experiences growing up in racially divided Guyana in the 1960s and 1970s shaped his research for a Ph.D. at Binghamton University (SUNY) in New York and are influencing his scholarship today. Mohamed is as an active participant in the Second Slavery Network –A Global Think Tank which brings together a growing number of international researchers whose academic and research interest intersects with the Second Slavery. From this backdrop he has made invaluable contributions in fostering the discussion started by Walter Rodney in rethinking and teaching history fromthe standpoint of the working people.

Most Recent Community and Professional Engagements

Between January and July 2017, Dr. Mohamed was on Sabbatical. During this period he participated with the World Wildlife Fund in a project that examines the impact of Mega –Large Scale Agriculture on the livelihoods of the Indigenous Communities in the North Rupunnni (on the Guyana/Brazil border), and on the environment in the Guyana Shield. During this period, he also was appointed and functioned as the Special Technical Advisor to the Minister of Education in Guyana. As part of his function he oversaw the workings of the National School Feeding Program and more directly the School Feeding Program in the North Rupunnuni. In addition and with specific reference to frontier regions –he was involved in the project to implement instruction in “Wapichan,” in the public schools in the indigenous areas of the Guyana/Brazil border. He was also involved in discussion for the exchange ofteaching resources for instruction in Portuguese to Guyanese and English to Brazilian students in the frontier region.

Scholarly Collaboration

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Advocacy and Activist Centered Outreach

Presentations - YouTube and Vimeo Videos on the Internet

Presentations and Lectures 2016-2018

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