Dr. Festus Moasun

Festus Moasun
Assistant Professor

Email: Festus.Moasun@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6731
Office: Room 235
167 Ferry Street, Windsor Hall

Scholarly Interest

  • (dis)Ability and mental health in the Global South
  • Immigrant populations,
  • Decoloniality and politics of knowledge creation
  • International Social Work
  • Social Work pedagogy

Educational Background

  • PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • BA and M.Phil., University of Ghana


Dr Festus Moasun is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. He received his PhD from the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr Moasun specializes in (dis)Ability and mental health in the Global South, immigrant populations, decoloniality and politics of knowledge creation. He draws on critical qualitative methodologies including interpretive phenomenology, participatory action research, structured interview matrix and digital ethnography for his research. Prior to joining the University of Windsor, Festus has previously taught in other institutions including University of Ghana, Wilfrid Laurier University, King’s College – University of Western Ontario, and University of Regina. His practice experience includes working with persons with mental and developmental (dis)abilities and internally displaced youth in Ghana. He is an ardent advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Dr Moasun is a Carnegie and Queen Elizabeth Scholar. He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of Innovation & Imagination Health and Wellness Inc. – a trauma-informed mental health counselling agency in Canada.


Recent Publications

Published Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Karki, K. K., & Moasun, F. Y. (2023). Vulnerable to Precarity: COVID-19 and the Experience of Difference by Newcomers, Immigrants, and Migrant Workers in Canada. Molung Educational Frontier13(01), 132–159. https://doi.org/10.3126/mef.v13i01.56070
  • Karki, K.K., Moasun F.Y., Freymond, N., Giwa, S. & Zoltek, A. M. (2022). MSW students’ perception of the professional identity of the Social Work practitioner and the social work researcher: Considerations for Educators. Journal of Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2021.1997683.
  • Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M., Moasun, F., Novotna, G., & Christensen, D. (2021). The Typologies of Mental Health, Addiction, and Problem Gambling Systems Integration in Ontario. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-021-00551-w.
  • Cait, C., Gokani, R., Ewan, A. R., Moasun, F., et al., (2021). Epistemology and Arts-Based Pedagogy: Pictures from a doctoral classroom. Journal Of Teaching in Social Work, 41 (2), 103–116, https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2021.1887051
  • Moasun, F. Y. & Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M. (2021). The power of the tongue: Inherent labeling of persons with disabilities in proverbs of the Akan people of Ghana. Qualitative Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020910469
  • Moasun, F. (2018). When ethical requirements become a bane on qualitative inquiry in third world countries: Reflecting on studying ‘sensitive’ topics as a Ghanaian student in Canada. Qualitative Inquiry in Social Work, 1(1), pp 26-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.33946.90561
  • Sottie, C. A., Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M., & Moasun, F. (2018). Graduate social work students’ perceptions and attitude toward mental illness: Implications for practice in developing countries, Social Work in Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2018.1448325


Published Book Chapters

  • Moasun F.Y. (2023). Deconstructing Disability from a Global South Perspective: Examples from an Interpretive phenomenological study. In Riegel, C. & Robinson, K. M. (eds), Health humanities in Application. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. (pp. 223-246). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-08360-0_10    



  • Akesson, B., Sider, S., Wilson-Forsberg, Moasun, F., Coupland, K., &, Kloss, M. (2022, Jan. 13). International research ethical reviews. GAWB Research. Available at: https://youtu.be/wZ7WJZwBQ0A