A multilingual, widely traveled scholar/social reformer, Obioma Nnaemeka is Professor of French, Women’s Studies and African/African Diaspora Studies and a former Director of the Women’s Studies Program at
A former Rockefeller Humanist-in-Residence (University of Minnesota), Edith Kreeger-Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor (Northwestern University, Evanston), and Verne Wagner Distinguished Visiting Professor (University of Kansas), Professor Nnaemeka is the current President of the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS) and the List Administrator of an internet discussion group on gender issues in Africa and the African Diaspora (AFWOSCHO). She has received numerous national and international awards as well as grants and fellowships from several foundations and agencies, including Rockefeller, MacArthur, SIDA and SAREC (
Prior to coming to
She is a member of the Board of Directors of many international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and on the Advisory Board of several refereed scholarly journals. As an expert in African/African Diaspora studies, development, globalization, women's/gender studies, human rights, literary studies, peace and conflict resolution, and multiculturalism, Professor Nnaemeka combines research and consultancy for the United Nations, the World Bank, foreign governments, international agencies, and academic institutions with speaking engagements and active participation in national and international conferences and programs. She is the convener of the "Women in
Professor Nnaemeka has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses, lectures, and papers in over 30 countries. She has published extensively in the following areas: development, women/gender studies, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and African/African Diaspora studies. She is the author of over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters, and author/editor of eleven books, including Development Cultures: New Environments, New Realities, New Strategies; Engendering Human Rights: Cultural and Socio-economic Realities in Africa and the African Diaspora; The Politics of (M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity, and Resistance in African Literature; Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge: African Women in Imperialist Discourses; Sisterhood, Feminisms, and Power: From Africa to the Diaspora; and Women, Creativity and Dissidence.