Marieme Lo

Associate Professor - Women and Gender Studies and African Studies


Fields of Study


Professor Marieme Lo is the Director of the African Studies Program and Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies. She has a Licence from Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a MA from the University of Dakar (Senegal) and MSc and PhD from Cornell University. She has also held fellowships at the University of Oxford and Georgetown  University. Professor Lo’s work encompasses the political economy and creative dynamism of African urban informal economies, migration studies, female entrepreneurship, economic justice and rights to livelihood, with a focus on the dynamics of urban transformation, urban governance, resilience, urban poverty and inclusive urbanism, particularly in post-colonial cities. Her SSHRC funded research project, ‘Entrepreneurial Nomadism’, explores and maps women entrepreneurs’ transnational circuits and trade mobility in cities across three continents. Professor Lo is also engaged in collaboration with grassroots women’s organizations, civil society networks such as the West Africa Civil Society, and international organizations such as UN-Women, the World Food Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).