John Doyle-Raso

I am a first-year student interested in the environmental history of East Africa and the Nile basin, particularly Lake Victoria.


I completed a bachelor’s at McMaster University, 2012, majoring in peace studies and sociology, and minoring in biology, and the master’s of international and world history program at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, 2014.


As an undergraduate, I did interview-based ethnographies of rural water governance in Dodoma Region, Tanzania, the Somali diaspora in Hamilton, Ontario, and undergraduate students who participated in volunteer work abroad. My master’s research addressed the construction of the Owen Falls Dam as part of the decolonization of East Africa and the water politics of the Nile.


I have led canvassing teams in Toronto for Greenpeace Canada and Earthroots.