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About Akanmu Adebayo

Dr. Akanmu Adebayo is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He was also formerly Director of the Center for Conflict Management (2011-2016); Executive Director of the Institute for Global Initiatives (2003-2009); assistant dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002-2003); and assistant director in the Office of International Programs (1995-1997). Adebayo has held other administrative positions, including serving as the Chair of the University System of Georgia’s Committee on International Students and Scholars, a committee charged with addressing issues facing international students and scholars in Georgia’s 35 public universities and colleges.

As Executive Director of the IGI, his most recent administrative position, Adebayo worked with KSU’s leadership to maintain and strengthen the institution’s international focus. He coordinated, articulated and helped to establish KSU’s mission of international education, research and public service. He worked with faculty, staff and students throughout the university and fostered relationships with state, national, and international agencies concerned with promoting international education. The IGI directly operated or helped to coordinate many study abroad programs ranging in length from two weeks to eight weeks during summer, as well as semester-long programs. In addition, the IGI managed KSU’s faculty and staff exchanges and coordinated relations with overseas partner institutions. Finally, the IGI coordinated regional studies and provided leadership for component centers, including Center for African and African Diaspora Studies, Center for Hispanic Studies, several Asian Studies centers, and the Confucius Institute. Adebayo brought to this position such attributes as vision, collaborative spirit, fundraising, and diplomatic skills.

Despite his forays into university administration, Professor Adebayo is, first and foremost, a teacher and scholar. His teaching and research have spanned many decades and continents. As full-time, part-time, or visiting professor, Adebayo has taught in Nigeria, Canada, Germany, and the U.S. He was Senior Lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (1980-1991), Visiting Associate Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada (1991-1992), and Research Fellow at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, Germany (1994). As a member of the faculty at Kennesaw State University, Adebayo has made significant contributions to program development in the area of African and international studies. He provided leadership for the development of a degree program in African and African Diaspora Studies, and in the establishment of the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies. He has received many awards for his excellence in teaching and research, including being finalist in the Distinguished Scholarship Award in 1999, and the Tommy Holder Award in 2009.

Dr. Adebayo received his education at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU, formerly University of Ife), where he earned his B.A. (First Class Hons.) (1979), M.A. (1982), and Ph.D. (1986)—all in History. His B.A. History long essay is entitled A History of Iwo to 1960; his M.A. History thesis was on Petroleum and Nigeria’s Foreign Policy; and he wrote his Ph.D. thesis on A History of Revenue Allocation in Nigeria. He specializes in African economic history with emphasis on production and distribution of wealth. He has written on various aspects of African economy. He is the author or editor of many books, chapters in books, and articles in learned journals. He is author of Embattled Federalism: A History of Revenue Allocation in Nigeria (1993), co-author of Culture, Politics and Money among the Yoruba (2000), co-editor of Instructional Technology Training for Basic Education in Ghana (2003); co-editor of Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System (2009); co-editor of Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa (2010); and author of In the Sphere of the Dragon: China’s Economic Relations with Africa in the New Millennium (2010). Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Initiatives which publishes articles on global policy issues, pedagogy, perspectives.

His current research projects include themes and topics like African Economic History, Chinese and Asian Economic Relations with African Countries, New African Diaspora, Brain Drain, Leadership and Governance in Africa, and International Partnership Agreements between African and U.S. Universities. Professor Adebayo consults on these topics. He also conducts training and workshops to assist new African universities to develop effective and sustainable international programs.

Positions

Present Professor of History, Kennesaw State University School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
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