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Nkiru Nzegwu

SUNY Distinguished Prof; Nelson Mandela Visiting Prof, Rhodes Univ, South Africa, Prof Extraordinarius, Univ of South Africa

Africana Studies


Professor Extraordinarius, University of South Africa, UNISA, School of Transdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies.

Member, SUNY Distinguished Academy Board

Member, 2020-2021 University-wide Advisory Council on Distinguished Professorships


  • PhD, University of Ottawa
  • MA, BA (Hons), University of Ife

Research Interests

  • Feminist philosophy
  • African philosophy
  • African women studies
  • African and African Diaspora art and aesthetics

Teaching Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence and Racism
  • Race, Philosophy & the Law
  • African Intellectual Traditions
  • African Art and Aesthetics
  • African Women and Feminism


  • Residency Award, Office of the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University, Canada
  • Senior Humanities Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Senior Research Grant, The Getty
  • Society for The Humanities, Fellowship, Cornell University
  • Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Africa Knowledge Project

Founder of an educational Internet initiative publishing and distribution platform of five academic, peer reviewed, indexed, journals and an archive devoted to the study of global Africa.


Editor, Onitsha at the Millennium: Legacy, History and Transformation. Endicott, NY: Africa Resource Press, 2013.

Editor, His Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe: A Ten-Year Milestone. Endicott, NY: Africa Resource Press, 2013.

Co-Editor (with Isidore Okpewho), The New African Diaspora. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture. Albany, NY: SUNY Press 2006.

Selected Publications

“Ọkụ Extenders: Women, Sacrality, and Transformative Art,” Polylog: Journal for Intercultural Philosophy, accepted, forthcoming August 2020.

“Temporality, Oríkì and Nigeria’s Contemporary Art.” In Aesthetic Temporalities Today: Present, Presentness, Presentation. Ed. Gabrielle Genge and Angela Stercken. Transcript Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2020, 87-100.

“To Chair or Not to Chair: Liberal Racism in the Hallowed Halls of Academia,” JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, forthcoming Spring 2020. [In press]

“Omumu, Disassembling Subordination, & Reasserting Endogenous Powers,” International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, forthcoming Spring 2020: 1-18.

“De-Racing Aesthetics: African Art in Deep Time,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, (JAAC), Race and Aesthetics 77, 4, 2019: 367-378.

“‘When the Paradigm Shifts, Africa Appears:’ Reconceptualizing Yoruba Art in Space and Time,” Journal of Art Historiography, Number 18 June 2018: 1-29.

Symposium: Lead Author. “How (If At All) Is Gender Relevant to Philosophy,” Journal of World Philosophies 1, 1, 2016: 75-118; https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/...


Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae