Rita Kiki Edozie is the interim Dean of the John W McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is also a tenured professor of global governance in the school’s department of conflict resolution, human security, and global governance, and chair of the school’s Africa Scholars Forum (ASF). Receiving her PhD in politics from New York City’s New School for Social Research in 1999, Kiki has been a teacher-scholar and an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies for over twenty years. Her most recent last position was professor of international relations at the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing where she also served as the Director of African American and African Studies. Before that, she held the position of deputy director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Kiki has authored eight books and several journal articles and book chapters in political economy, comparative democratization, international development, global politics, and race and identity. Some of Kiki’s recent books, The African Union’s Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance (2014) and Pan-Africa Rising: The Cultural Political Economy of Nigeria’s Afri-capitalism and South Africa’s Ubuntu Business (2017), and Africa’s New Global Politics (forthcoming, 2022).

at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is also a tenured professor of global governance in the school’s department of conflict resolution, human security, and global governance, and chair of the school’s Africa Scholars Forum (ASF). Receiving her PhD in politics from New York City’s New School for Social Research in 1999, Kiki has been a teacher-scholar and an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies for over twenty years. Her most recent last position was professor of international relations at the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing where she also served as the Director of African American and African Studies. Before that, she held the position of deputy director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Kiki has authored eight books and several journal articles and book chapters on political economy, comparative democratization, international development, global politics, and race and identity. Some of Kiki’s recent books, The African Union’s Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance (2014) and Pan-Africa Rising: The Cultural Political Economy of Nigeria’s Afri-capitalism and South Africa’s Ubuntu Business (2017), and Africa’s New Global Politics (forthcoming, 2022).