Gordon Divine (Dee) AsaahGraduate Associate
Butcher and Chesnut 4th Floor: Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship
Dee was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa. He lived in Greece and Germany for six years and traveled extensively in Europe before immigrating to the United States (in 2004). A firm believer in the transformative power of education, Dee co-founded Educate a Child in Africa, Inc., a nonprofit that promotes literacy, student achievement, and school improvement in Africa.
Dee is a Ph.D. student in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division at the Graduate School of Education. He obtained his master's degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University and earned a bilingual (English and French) bachelor's degree in Performing Arts from the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. He also studied Modern Greek language and Theatre Arts at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; and film editing at the New York Film Academy.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Dee worked in the film industry in Southern California and Austin, Texas. He founded and managed a film and motion graphics production company and co-owned another. Dee also worked for some years in business management--for the U.S. Department of Defense's Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR); and for the Decurion Corporation's ArcLight Hollywood. He has lived and/or worked in several states across the U.S., including: California (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Venice, Fort Irwin, and San Diego); Texas (Austin, Fort Hood, and Killeen); South Carolina (Fort Jackson); Massachusetts (Boston); New York (Philadelphia); and Hawaii (Honolulu). As you can tell, Dee has diverse interests. Although he loves to talk about research, entrepreneurship, leadership, personal development, movies, writing, travel, and so on, he is always curious. Feel free to engage him in conversation about anything!