Dr. Elijah Dickens Mushemeza is an academic, and author. He is a Professor of Political Science and Development Studies at Ankole Western University and a Senior Consultant at Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE). Previously he was the Dean Faculty of Business and Development Studies at Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara, Uganda.
He is a Visiting Professor at Bishop Stuart University. He holds BA, in Social Sciences, an MA in Development Studies and a PhD in Political Science of Makerere University. He is also a consultant on Education, Governance, Poverty, Politics, Conflict, Forced migration, Security, Oil and Gas, and Development issues generally in the Great Lakes region of Africa. He was previously a Coordinator of the MA programme in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University.
He has taught at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Professor Mushemeza is a past alternate Executive Committee member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He has published widely in international journals. He is the Editor of the Journal of Development Issues. Outside academia, Prof. Mushemeza is active in Ugandan politics.
He was a member of the Constituent Assembly 1994-95 that debated, scrutinized, enacted and promulgated the Constitution of Uganda, and a Member of Parliament of Uganda in 1996. He was a Presidential Advisor at the level of a Senior Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling party in Uganda (2010-2015).