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Moses Ssemakula

Acknowledgement to Mentor:

"I have been honored to have Dr. Sean Chabot as a research mentor. His passion for Sociological Ideas has inspired me to find ways I could utilize my research to make a positive impact in the world. Dr. Chabot accepts students for who they are and has established an environment that allows scholars to speak liberally. He allows us the opportunity to grow as researchers by offering intricate insights and conducting discourses that inspire dialogue in and outside of academia. Dr. Chabot's expertise equips him with the capacity to provide unconventional constructive criticism without constraining student's capacity to exercise autonomy. I am grateful to have a mentor that believes in students' potential not only as scholars but also as an aspiring sociologists. As I prepare to go to graduate school, I am confident knowing that his guidance will be essential in ensuring that I utilize my education to serve the community."



Moses Ssemakula was born in Uganda on December 31st, 1991 where he lived for 14 years before he moved to the U.S. in 2006. In 2010, he enrolled at Eastern Washington University after he visited the campus and noticed a sense of community and chemistry among students and faculty. With the guidance and inspiration of several Professors, he decided to declare a major in Sociology and a minor in Africana Studies. One of the reasons he gravitated towards Sociology is because of its ability to explain social relations as well as institutions. Having been perplexed by the conflicting values and traditions between Uganda and American cultural traditions, he was fascinated by how well sociological works attempt to explain social problems that people in different cultures experience. Ssemakula has proven to be a vigorous and dedicated to raising awareness about on gong issues in Africa through organizations such as Afro-Caribbean Club and African International movement.  With the inspiration and support of faculty and family member, Ssemakula is determined to be the first member of his lineage to attain a degree in sociology in the United States. In the future, he not only plans to become a professor in Academia, but also continue to conduct research that will assist in understanding Africa's social problems.


Dr. Sean Chabot, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, EWU

TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

Gaining Agency in Response to Ongoing Violence in Northern Uganda (2014)

Most of the literature published on the local communities of Northern Uganda has failed to acknowledge the effort that residents of the region have invested in collaborating with each other to collectively rebuild their community in response to ongoing direct and structural violence that came as a result of the recent civil war. Residents  have gained agency in response to ongoing direct and structural violence in their region. My claim is that agency is going to be utilized as a tool to ensure independence and self-emancipation in reinventing their environment. The desire to advance will be demonstrated through stories that portray autonomy and collective action hence increasing solidarity among community members. I have conducted several interviews with people who lived in the region during and after the civil war that cost the lives of many. Aside from sociological concepts, the interviews have equipped me with an extensive knowledge of how these communities define agency.

Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

Gaining Agency in Response to Ongoing Violence in Northern Uganda,

  •  17th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA (2014)

Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

  • McNair Scholar Summer Internship, Awarded $2,800. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. (2013 & 2014)
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