UMass Boston

Rita Edozie

Confl Res, Hum Sec & Globl Gov
McCormack Hall Floor 03

Areas of Expertise

African affairs and politics, global development, comparative democratization, international relations, international political economy, race and identity


PhD, Politics, The New School for Social Research, NY
MA, Politics, The New School for Social Research, NY
MA, Communication Arts, Brooklyn College, CUNY, NY
BA, English and Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife (Nigeria)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Rita Kiki Edozie Curriculum Vitae

Receiving her PhD in politics from the New School for Social Research, Professor Edozie has been a teacher-scholar and an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies for about twenty years. Her most recent position was as Professor of international relations and African affairs at the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. She has also served as the director of African American and African Studies at MSU and as deputy director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Edozie has authored seven books and several journal articles and book chapters. Her recent scholarship includes the 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 she is currently working on a forthcoming book, Africa’s New Role in Global Politics forthcoming in 2021.

Professor Edozie earned MSU’s Lilly Teaching Excellence Fellowship (2008-2009), the Academic Leadership Fellowship (2011-12), Detroit’s “Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Community” award (2015), and she holds an honorary appointment as research associate at the University of South Africa(UNISA), Pretoria.


Select Courses

  • International Relations Theory 
  • International Political Economy 
  • International Conflict Management and Security