Dick Kawooya, Ph.D.
Davis College, Room 106
Dr. Dick Kawooya
Dr. Dick Kawooya comes to the University of South Carolina
from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he has
held teaching academic staff positions since 2006.
Dr. Kawooya's PhD in Communication and Information was
completed in 2010 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
USA. His doctoral research (dissertation) explored Ugandan
traditional musicians' construction of ownership. Dr.
Kawooya's broad research interest focus on the impact
and manifestation of intellectual property in Africa's
informal sectors. His current research focuses on the
role of intellectual property in the interactions and
exchange of innovations between actors in the formal
and informal economies in Africa (Uganda as case study).
Related to this research, Dr. Kawooya is part of an expert
group advising the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) on the study of intellectual property in the informal
economy in Africa. He is also part of the Global Research
Network on Copyright Flexibilities in National Legal
Reform project of the Program on Information Justice
and Intellectual Property at American University Washington
College of Law.
Dr. Kawooya was the recipient of 2006-07 International
Policy Fellowship of the Open Society Institute (OSI)
and the Center for Policy Studies at the Central European
University (CEU). The Fellowship research focused on
the impact of copyright on access to e-resources in Uganda's
teaching and research environments. He was a member Commonwealth
of Learning (COL) Copyright Expert Group. In 2005-2006,
he has served as the National Copyright Expert to eIFL.IP
representing the Consortium of Ugandan University Libraries
(CUUL). Dick’s most recent work involved serving
as the Lead Research of the African Copyright and Access
to Knowledge (ACA2K) project (www.aca2k.org).
Dr. Kawooya teaches foundation course at graduate and
undergraduate levels, research methodology, policy and
law, economics of information, and information literacy.
He has also taught courses in global studies and global
media specifically focusing on access to information
and intercultural issues.