Louis Fosu

  • Faculty of Practice
  • Tucker House, Rm 107
  • Phone: 401.874.2124
  • Email: loufosu@uri.edu

Biography

Louis Fosu joined the Political Science Department at URI in Fall 2019, where he also has a joint appointment in the URI Honors Program. Prior to this appointment, Louis Fosu was a Visiting Professor with URI’s Honors Program in Spring of 2019. Professor Fosu teaches courses on a wide range of subjects including the Constitution, Non-Governmental Organizations, Public Policy, and Leadership, Nonviolence and Advocacy for a more Equitable Society. Professor Fosu is a policy expert and an advocate for women and vulnerable people. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, M.B.A. from Pace University, and B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Professor Fosu has served as a special adviser to U.S. and African government officials, AU Delegates at the UN, and NGOs seeking grants to advance and expand economic development, education, health and social policy for Africans, and women’s empowerment. He arranged for U.S. Congress Members and policymakers to meet African government officials and Heads of States; and works to build trusting relationships between high level U.S. and African govt. officials, while negotiating to remove culture and trade barriers for both Africans and Americans. Professor Fosu believes that creating visionary U.S.-Africa partnerships with universities, real-estate entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley technology venture capitalists and renewable energy investors, would help create a transformative economic boom and renaissance in Africa. 

Professor Fosu also educates African governments that the economic and health benefits of organic farming are superior to cultivating GMO products.  The economic benefits of GMOs do not outweigh the high risks to public health and environmental degradation, especially damage to scarce clean water supplies.  He believes that it is morally offensive and unethical to promote unsustainable GMO products and carcinogenic GMO herbicides, such as Roundup/glyphosate, to African countries with a dearth of advanced medical facilities to treat cancer and other lethal and rare diseases. 

Previously, Professor Fosu served as Legislative Fellow for Congressman Charles Rangel (former Chairman of Appropriations Committee).  As Rangel’s Legislative Fellow, Professor Fosu worked on both the AGOA trade bill and the Clean Diamond Trade Bill.  When the diamond industry in New York and South Africa lobbied to kill the clean diamond trade bill (so they could continue selling conflict diamonds with impunity), His meticulous research and lobbying “persuaded” Congressman Rangel that without a Diamond Bill, the harm to vulnerable populations in the mineral-rich conflict regions of Africa would far exceeded any potential loss of revenue to African governments.

Finally, Professor Fosu has drafted legislation, amendments or advocated for several policy initiatives including: Human Trafficking, Drug Addiction, Fair Prison Sentencing, and Incarcerated Pregnant Women.

Education

• J.D., Georgetown University
• M.B.A., Pace University
• B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY