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James Courtright is currently a fellow with the Institute for Current World Affairs. He is based in Dakar, Senegal and travels around West Africa learning and writing about changes going on in Fulbe societies. 


James previously worked for the African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances. He completed a graduate degree in International Affairs with a focus on human rights at Columbia University in New York City in May 2020. Previously, he worked as a freelance journalist based in Dakar writing about transitional justice, environmental issues and West African history. His work has been published in NPRAfrican Arguments, The Christian Science Monitor, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, New Internationalist, OZY and Equal Times.


James grew up in Malawi, the United States and Tanzania. Before working as a freelance journalist he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kolda, Senegal for three years. 


James speaks English, Pulaar (Peul/Fula) and French. 


Follow him on twitter at @JCourtright08 and on instagram at jcourtright08.

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