Bodia Macharia is an executive member of the Graduate Students' Union at the University of Toronto as well as a member of the International Solidarity Committee of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Division. She also serves as the President of Friends of Congo, Canada. She was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she spent most of her early life. She is PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include examining various aspects of subjectivity in contemporary francophone literature of black diaspora. She has authored articles and presented communications on Congolese women, gendered resistance, identity politics, myths and symbols, as well as narratologic analysis in postcolonial narratives. She wrote “Political Economy of the Assassination of Patrice Emery Lumumba: The Implication of Belgium, the CIA and the US” as the capstone thesis to earn her Bachelor degree from the Applied Political economy track of International Studies at the University of Arizona.