President – Serving through 2023
Adérónké Adésolá Adésànyà, art historian, artist, poet, and professional mediator and conciliator, is a faculty member at the James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her degrees are from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a fellow of the Peace and Conflict Studies international program of Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a laureate of CODESRIA Gender Institute, Dakar, Senegal, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Nigeria. Her teaching and research focus on art history, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, African migration, and the African diaspora.
Adésànyà’s publications include Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diasporas, 2008 (co-edited); Etches of Fresh Waters, 2008 (co-authored), Carving Woods, Making History, 2012 (a monograph); Art Parody and Politics, 2013 (co-edited), Akinola Lasekan: Cartooning, Art and Nationalism at the Dawn of a New Nigeria, 2020, (co-edited), many book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. She has received numerous scholarly awards.