McCormack Graduate School Welcomes New Associate Dean

McCormack Graduate School | July 14, 2017
Professor Rita Kiki Edozie

Professor Rita Kiki Edozie



Her ... focus on transformative teaching, research, and community engagement will be critical moving forward.



After a national search, McCormack Graduate School Dean David W. Cash announces the appointment of the school’s new Associate Dean Rita “Kiki” Edozie. Along with her commitment to social justice, her scholarship in the fields of international relations, political economy, and global development makes her a superb fit with McCormack’s mission.

Receiving her PhD in politics from the New School for Social Research, Professor Edozie has been a teacher-scholar and 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 (forthcoming this year).

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 an honorary appointment as professor and research associate at the University of South Africa, Pretoria (2017).

Dean Cash heralds her background and looks forward to welcome Edozie on August 1. “Because Kiki is both a prolific scholar and has been recognized for her national and international community service and teaching excellence, I trust that she will be an inspiration to McCormack students and faculty alike. In her role as associate dean, Professor Edozie will work with the dean, faculty, staff, students, and the broader UMass Boston community to help guide the McCormack Graduate School during this time of transition on the UMass Boston campus. Her background in public higher education and focus on transformative teaching, research, and community engagement will be critical moving into the future.”

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Comments (6)

Posted by Cassandra Veney | November 15, 2017 - 12:58 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Edozie. I am so proud of you and humbled that I have had the pleasure to work with you. Your new university is very lucky to have you.


Posted by Ola Nwabara | August 08, 2017 - 12:43 a.m.

Congratulations, you’ve definitely received a gem in Dr. Edozie! As a former student and mentee, I can attest to her commitment to developing teacher-scholars who are innovative and intersecting in their approaches to research, teaching, and community engagement in both national and international settings. She will be an extraordinary addition to your community.


Posted by Sandra Philpott-Burke (Michigan State University B | July 18, 2017 - 9:08 a.m.

Congratulations to Dr. Edozie. She deserves it!


Posted by Igbo Rowland | July 16, 2017 - 11:46 a.m.

Very interesting. I hope to follow in her footsteps.


Posted by Kelechi | July 15, 2017 - 1:28 p.m.

Excellent choice!!!


Posted by Helen Odibo | July 15, 2017 - 11:50 a.m.

Great, Uniben! Proud of you!