Tope Folarin was educated at Morehouse College, and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2010 he served as a Newman Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. In 2013 Tope won the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story, ‘Miracle.’ He is currently completing his first novel.


From The IPS Cave: A Conversation between Newman Fellows

Due to a recent move within the IPS office, the Newman Fellows are forced to share an office (along with New Economy Working Group Coordinator, Noel) in the side “cave” where nobody visits–this has forced them to talk to each other.

What the Chilean Miners Taught Me

The most salient connection between progressive politics and art is imagination.

What Obama can Learn from W.

Obama needs to put his heart on his sleeve to regain the approval of voters.

Education Reform: Waiting for the Super Rich?

Should our education system rely on the help of philanthropists like Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to achieve meaningful reform?

Nigeria @ 50

The direction that Nigeria takes — towards a future of hope and growth, or one of backsliding and defeat — depends, to a great extent, on the country’s future leadership.

Immigrants’ American Dreams

We need a system that responds to the realities of immigration in this country while rejecting the knee-jerk discrimination that the Arizona law represents.

The Chase for the World Cup Has Begun

Amidst the celebrations there are some real questions about how the people of South Africa will benefit from the World Cup.

Obama at the BP Press Conference

The president was cool and competent, as always. But his press conference speech once again lacked substantive answers to the Gulf oil spill disaster.

The World Cup and I

Soccer’s big event is about to begin in South Africa. It’s time to root for your favorite team…and for Africa.

Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

The UN donors’ conference is an opportunity to help Haitians rebuild in a manner that respects their humanity and enables them to become more productive.

Africa: C

The president is using carrots and sticks in Africa, but he might have gotten the two mixed up.

Board Chair

Vice President for Content and Storytelling

    Immigrants’ American Dreams

    The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | June 28, 2010

    Immigrants’ American Dreams

    The (Worthington MN) Daily Globe | June 23, 2010

    More than Sweatshops Needed to Save Haiti

    The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | March 17, 2010

    Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

    Truthout | March 16, 2010

    Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

    Common Dreams | March 15, 2010