Mouhamadou El Hady BA

Associate Research Scholar

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar

Trained in Dakar as a philosopher, Dr. Hady Ba holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from The Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. He spent academic year 2021-2022 in the US as a Fulbright Research Scholar affiliated with the Philosophy Department of the University of Connecticut at Storrs and The Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.

Dr Ba lives in Dakar, where he is the head of the Philosophy Department at Cheikh Anta Diop University’s Teachers College. He’s been an Invited Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, an invited Researcher at the University of Turin, and an International Supporting Faculty at the School of Collective Intelligence of Mohamed 6 Polytechnique University in Morocco.

Dr. Ba has published research papers in Linguistics, Epistemology, Psychology and Political Philosophy. He’s currently finishing a book about the so-called ‘epistemologies from the South.’ and has an ongoing project on animal cognition, comparing human and non-human cognition.

Before coming back to Dakar, Hady Ba worked on the development of Natural Language Processing tools that use open-source resources to detect and anticipate security threats. A founding member and first scientific director of the Think Tank Ipode, he has written in this capacity about terrorism in the Sahel and policy problems affecting west Africa.

During the pandemic, Dr. Ba was a member of the International Collaboration on the Social & Moral Psychology (ICSMP) of COVID-19 that brought together more than 250 scholars from around the globe to examine psychological factors underlying the attitudes and behavioral intentions related to COVID19.

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