Prof. Okome

PROF. MOJÚBÀOLÚ OLUFÚNKÉ OKOME

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Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome is an International Political Economist whose regional specialization is on the African continent. Educated at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Long Island University, New York, and Columbia University, New York, she’s a Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY; past Women’s Studies Program Director and past Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College.  Born in Nigeria, Mojúbàolú has worked on international development issues as a consultant for clients including the United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat in London.  Her teaching interests include a focus on the meanings of inclusive, equitable citizenship in the context of the interplay between globalization, democratization and economic development.  Her research interests include: Youth Empowerment, Gender, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa; Governance, Development and Democracy in Africa; Effects of Globalization, Oost-Colonialism, and Modernity on Economic and Political Transformation; and African Diaspora Studies.

Her most recent publications are: two edited books published in 2013 by Palgrave-Macmillan: State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria; and Contesting the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organization; and one book co-edited with Afia Serwaa Zakiya published by Bookbuilders, Ibadan, Nigeria: Women’s Political and Legislative Participation in Nigeria: Perspectives From the 2007 Elections.   Previously, she co-edited two books with Olufemi Vaughan (January 2012) West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century. NY:  Palgrave Macmillan, and also with Olufemi Vaughan (January 2012) Transnational Africa and Globalization.  NY: Palgrave Macmillan.  She founded #BringBackOurGirlsNYC and is founder and editor of Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration.