Tolu Ogunlesi, 21 others shortlisted for Harvard Weatherhead Fellowship

Special Assistant to the President on Digital/New Media, Ogunlesi
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June 10 (THEWILL) — The President’s Special Assistant for Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has been selected as a 2022 Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University, USA .

Ogunlesi, a journalist, is among 22 fellows who will spend up to an academic year at Harvard to “confront complex international, transnational, global and comparative issues.”

During the fellowship, the writer’s research will “focus on the regulation of social media, as well as misinformation and digital misinformation.”

The institution, in a statement, said scholars from 14 countries will carry out research in various fields such as political science, history, sociology, engineering, cultural diplomacy, urban design and international relations. .

“The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Weatherhead Scholars Program Scholars and Fellows.

“The twenty-two members of the 2022-2023 Weatherhead Scholars Program (WSP) cohort hail from fourteen different countries and consist of six postdoctoral fellows, nine visiting scholars, and seven practicing fellows; In addition, this year there will be a WSP Summer Associate. Fields represented include political science, history, sociology, engineering, cultural diplomacy, urban planning and international relations.

“The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is the largest international center for social science research within the Faculty of Arts and Science. While there, scholars and fellows contribute to the many intellectual pursuits of the Weatherhead Center and the wider Harvard community, participating in seminars and workshops, auditing courses, and engaging with assistants from undergraduate research,” the statement read.

In 2004, Ogunlesi graduated from the University of Ibadan with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He went on to earn an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, UK.

He has won the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards twice in 2009 and 2013. In 2009 he was selected as a Cadbury Visiting Scholar by the University of Birmingham.

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