Prof. Obioma Nnaemeka, President & CEO

Obioma Nnameka Obioma Nnaemeka is Chancellor’s Professor of French, Women’s Studies and African/African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Indiana University, Indianapolis. She studied French, German, and African Studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria), the former Université de Dakar (Senegal), Université de Grenoble (France), and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) where she earned an M.A. and a PhD with distinction.

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 Founder and  current President of the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS) and the List Administrator of an internet discussion group on women’s and gender issues in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAADGLOBAL). 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 (Sweden), and IRDC (Canada).

Prior to coming to Indiana University, Professor Nnaemeka taught at the University of Nigeria (Nsukka) and the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio). She is a commentator/cultural critic for the French Service of the International Service of Radio Netherlands in Helversum (Netherlands), a Nominator for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a Board member of Global Women’s Leadership Center at the Leavey School of Business, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for the Liberal Education and Global Citizenship Project, and a participant in the Women Waging Peace initiative at Harvard University.

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 Africa and the African Diaspora” (WAAD) international conferences.

Professor Nnaemeka has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses, lectures, and papers in over 30 countries in five continents. 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 sixty scholarly articles and book chapters, and author/editor of eleven books, including Engendering Human Rights: Cultural and Socio-economic Realities in Africa and the African Diaspora ; Paratext and Author(ity)The Politics of (M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity, and Resistance in African Literature ; Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge: African Women in Imperialist Discourses ; and Sisterhood, Feminisms, and Power: From Africa to the Diaspora , and Women, Creativity and Dissidence .