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Okechukwu Iheduru

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Biography

Okey Chris Iheduru joined the Arizona State University faculty in fall of 2004. He received his bachelor's from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, his master's from the University of Akron, and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Professor Iheduru is the author of "The Political Economy of International Shipping in Developing Countries" (1996). He has written numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals such as International Studies Review,  Review of International Political Economy, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Ocean Development and International Law, and Maritime Policy and Management. In 2005, he was elected chair of the Executive Committee of the Southern Interdisciplinary Research on Africa (SIRAS). He was a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Scholar in South Africa in 2000-2001, and has consulted for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency/SPCS Transport Consortium on the maritime policies of African states. He is also a visiting professor-at-large of national security governance at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. His current teaching interests straddle comparative politics and international relations; while his current research interests are focused on social transformation and military leadership, state-mediated capitalism and comparative capitalism; and cross-border non-state actors and changes in African political economy and regional integration.

Education
  • Institut de Français, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (Proficiency and immersion course in French language) 
  • Ph.D.  Political Science, The University of Connecticut 1992
  • M. A. Political Science, University of Akron, Ohio 1988     
  • B.Sc. Political Science (2nd Class Upper, Honors), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

 

Research Interests

His current teaching and research interests are focused on state-mediated capitalism in South Africa; government-business relations; globalization, the New African Diaspora and transformations in government-citizen relations; and cross-border non-state actors and changes in African political economy.

Publications
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Chapter 14 Nigeria,". Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order (2014).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Civil Society and Regional Integration in West Africa". Civil Society and World Regions: How Citizens Are Reshaping Regional Governance in Times of Crisis (2013).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Regional Integration and the Private Authority of Banks in West Africa". International Studies Review (2012).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "African States, Global Migrations and Transformations in Citizenship Politics,". Citizenship Studies (2011).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "The ‘New’ ECOWAS: Implications for the Study of Regional Integration". The Research Companion to Regionalisms (2011).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. The African Diaspora and Homeland Identity. Across the Atlantic: African Immigrants in the United States Diaspora (2010).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. Why 'Anglo Licks ANC's Boots': Globalization and State-Business Relations in South Africa. African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (London) (2008).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Chapter 14 Nigeria. Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order (2008).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Globalization, State Failure and Maritime Insecurity in West Africa. Ocean Yearbook (2007).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. State Failure, Globalization and Maritime Insecurity in West Africa. Ocean Yearbook (2007).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Continuity and Change in African Entrepreneurship in South Africa. African Analyst Quarterly (2006).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Black Economic Power and Nation Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Journal of Modern African Studies (2004).
  • Andrew Arant, Fred Söderbaum, Okechukwu Iheduru. New Regionalisms, States and Non-State Actors in West Africa. New Regionalism in Africa (2003).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Corporate Amazons or Empowerment Spice Girls?: Elite Black Businesswomen and Transformation in South Africa. Journal of Developing Societies (2003).
  • Folu Ogundimu, Ebere Onwudiwe, Minabere Ibelema, Okechukwu Iheduru. Developments in Transport and Communications. Afro-Optimism: Perspectives on Africa's Advances (2002).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Social Concertation, Labor Unions and the Creation of a Black Bourgeoisie in South Africa. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (2002).
  • Toyin Falola, Alusine Jalloh, Okechukwu Iheduru. Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa and the United States. Black Business and Economic Power (2002).
  • Okechukwu Iheduru. Organized Labor, Globalization and Economic Reform: Union Investment Companies in South Africa. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (Durban) (2001).
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 160Global Politics
POS 465International Organization/Law
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
POS 484Internship
SGS 484Internship
POS 584Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 359African Politics and Society
POS 486Internatl Political Economy
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 160Global Politics
POS 465International Organization/Law
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
SGS 484Internship
POS 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 300Contemp Global Controversies
SGS 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 502Global Institutions and Actors
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 504Indiv Decis Mak CCultur Contx
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 486Internatl Political Economy
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 359African Politics and Society
POS 465International Organization/Law
POS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 394Special Topics
POS 486Internatl Political Economy
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 359African Politics and Society
POS 465International Organization/Law
Presentations
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Regionalizing West African Civil Society: Constraints, Lessons, and Opportunities for Reshaping Regional Governance From Below,"presented at the workshop on Regionalizing African Civil Societies: Lessons, Opportunities and Constraints organized by Nordic Africa Institute and West African Civil Society Institute (Accra, GHANA) at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala (SWEDEN), 30-31 October, 2014. Workshop on Regionalizing African Civil Societies, NAI, Uppsala, Sweden (Oct 2014).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Mobile Money, Mobile Banking and the Governance of Emerging Technologies in Africa". The 2nd Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, Scottsdale (May 2014).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Contending Perspectives on Civil Society and Regional Governance in West Africa". Building Regions from Below: Regional Integration and Civil Society from Eur, University of Pretoria (May 2013).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Non-military Threats to National Security: The Nigerian Experience,". Conference on The Changing Dynamics of National and Regional Security Challenges (May 2013).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "Contending Perspectives on Civil Society Engagement With Regionalism: The Case of West Africa". the Governance and Innovation Conference, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Af (May 2013).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. "African Mining Protests: Local Rebellions Against the State and Global Capital and Spaces of Hope for Alternative Discourses on Rights,". The "Post-Post" Independence? Contemporary Protests, U. of London (May 2012).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. Making Regionalism Work in West Africa: The Role of Cross-Border Business Coalitions,. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies association, 17-20 February 201 (Feb 2010).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. Africa’s Oceans as a Global Security Problem: The Case of the Gulf of Guinea and the Horn of Africa. 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies association, 17-20 February 20 (Feb 2010).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. The Past, Present and Future of Our Common History and Humanity: Through the Prism of the Model United Nations Conferences. 59th Annual Session of the Model United Nations of the Far West, San Francisco (Apr 2009).
  • Okechukwu C. Iheduru. State-Led Transnationalism and African Migrations: What We Know and the Implications of the African Experience. 51st Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Nov 2008).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. African Politics in America: Globalization, Transnationalization, and the New African Diasporas in the 21st Century. The 49th annual meeting of the African Studies Association, 10-14 November 2006, San Fr (Nov 2006).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Globalization, the State and Capital: The Case of Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa. The Symposium on Political Economy Series, 19 October 2006, Thunderbird: Gavin School o (Oct 2006).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Elusive Synergy: Government-Business Relations and Transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa," presented at the African Studies Association meeting, 1418 November 2005, Washington, DC. African Studies Association Meeting, 14-18 November (Nov 2005).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Fair Trade, Economic Development and the Future of the African Youth. 3rd Youth and Human Rights Forum (Oct 2005).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. West Africa's Oil, American Interests and Regionalism in West Africa. International Conference on US and West Africa, University of Texas at Arlington (Apr 2005).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Post-Apartheid South Africa and Its Neighbors: A Ten Year Retrospective. 47th Meeting of the African Studies Association, 11-14 November 2004, New Orleans (Nov 2004).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Victims, National Pride, and Saboteurs: Youth and Political Participation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies "Looking at South Africa Ten Years On" (Sep 2004).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Black Youth, Ethnic Redistribution and Nation Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa. African Studies Association meeting (Oct 2003).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. The State and the Development of a Black Capitalist Class in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Canadian Association of African Studies (May 2002).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. New Regionalisms, Africa, and the 'Uni-Multipolar' World Order. Seminar on Regionalisms and the International System (Apr 2002).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. New Regionalisms, States and Non-State Actors in West Africa. 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (Mar 2002).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. Sisterhood, Patriarchy, and Capitalism: Black Women's Business Movement in Post-Apartheid South Africa. CASID/WID Symposium (Sep 2001).
  • Iheduru, Okechukwu. The State and the Development of a Black Capitalist Class in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Departmental Seminar (Jun 2001).
Service
  • African Affairs, Mansucripts Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Review of International Political Economy, Manuscript Reviewer (twice) (2008 - Present)
  • International Journal of Social and Management Sciences, Editorial Committee (2007 - Present)
  • Boren Fellowship Program, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Institute of International Education (IIE), Washington, DC, Member (2005 - Present)
  • National Competitive Scholarships Committee (Rhodes, Fulbright,NSEP, Gates, Mitchell, Marshall, etc.), Committee member (2005 - Present)
  • National Screening Committee, Member (2005 - Present)
  • National Security Education Program (NSEP), Member (2005 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, Dept. of Political Science, Committee member (2005 - Present)
  • School of Politics and Global Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Chair, Undergraduate Committee; Chaired the committee's work on curriculum, teaching, scholarships, etc. (2013 - 2015)
  • National Scholarships Committee & Barrett Honors College, Reviewed ASU students' applicantions for Fulbright and Boren Fellowships, etc. (2014 - 2014)
  • U.S. National Security Education Program/Boren Fellowship Program, Fellowship Grant Application Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • African Studies Review, the official journal of the 4,000-member African Studies Association, USA, Manuscript Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Abia State (Nigeria) Association of America, Public lecture on the role of the African Diaspora in homeland development (2014 - 2014)
  • 110th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC., Panel Chair and Discussant (2014 - 2014)
  • Educational Testing Service/The College Board, Princeton, NJ., Faculty Consultant & Member, Examinations Development Committee (2014 - 2014)
  • CBS 5 KPHO-TV, Phoenix, Guest/Resource person on the 6:20 am News segment on Monday, May 12th, 2014 (2014 - 2014)
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders., Grant Application Reviewer and Selection/Recommendation Panel member (2014 - 2014)
  • Educational Testing Service/The College Board, Princeton, NJ., Faculty Consultant & Member, Examinations Development Committee (2013 - 2013)
  • Strategic Security and Africa Peace Review journals, Blind-reviewed two manuscripts for each for each of the three issues of the two journals during the year. (2013 - 2013)
  • National Scholarships Committee & Barrett Honors College, Reviewed 8 ASU applicants for Fulbright and Boren Fellowships, etc. (2013 - 2013)
  • Oxford University Press, Reviewed book manuscript "Thinking About Democracy" by Del Dickson (2011 - 2013)
  • National Universities Commission, Abuja, Nigeria., Member of program accreditation panel for Pol. Science & International Relations at 3 universities (2012 - 2013)
  • National Defense College, Abuja, Nigeria, Member, University Transition Committee & Liaison with National Universities Commission (2011 - 2013)
  • ETS/College Board, AP Comparative Govt. & Politics Development Committee, Develop new exam questions; review and revise old ones; coordinate workshops and write training mate (2010 - 2013)
  • Ministerial Conference of the Abidjan Convention on Coastal and Marine Environment Management of West and Central Africa at Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, Rapporteur for COP10 (2012 - 2012)
  • Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Auto Section)., Keynote Lecturer at the 2012 annual symposium (2012 - 2012)
  • The Abidjan Convention/UN Environmental Program (UNEP) on Coastal and Marine Environment Management of West and Central Africa, Member, Experts Committee on Science and Technology Policy (2011 - 2012)
  • Annual meeting of the Nigerian Political Science Association, University of Abuja, Nigeria., Panel Chair (2011 - 2011)
  • World Development, Reviewed "Authoritarianism and Democracy and Anti-Growth Regimes in Africa",(MS Ref #: WD-904). (2011 - 2011)
  • Citizenship Studies journal, Reviewed "Yoruba Cultural Construction of Citizenship and National Identity: The Emerging Trends in Nigerian Socio-Political Behaviors" (Manuscript ID CCST-2010-0059). (2011 - 2011)
  • Advisory Committee, Personnel advisory; recruitment, policy (2010 - 2011)
  • National Scholarships Screening Committee, Review scholarship and fellowship application (Fulbright, NSEP, NSF, etc.) (2004 - 2011)
  • National Screening Committee, Review scholarship and fellowship application (Fulbright, NSEP, etc.) (2004 - 2011)
  • 69th meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 30 March-2 April 2011, Chicago, Illinois., Panel Chair; & Panel Discussant (2011 - 2011)
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, Political Science, Committee Chair & Undergraduate Director (2010 - 2010)
  • Business Day newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria, Weekly Columnist on politics and economics of Africa (2010 - 2010)
  • Study Abroad, Director, ASU Ghana Summer Study Abroad & Internship Program (2010 - 2010)
  • The Light of Hope Institute, Volunteer (2010 - 2010)
  • The Rising Sun Club, Inc. (of Phoenix), President (2010 - 2010)
  • Advisory Committee, Personnel advisory; recruitment, policy (2009 - 2010)
  • Journal of Modern African Studies, Manuscript Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • International Foundation for Self-Help (IFESH), Consultant (2009 - 2009)
  • Business Day newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria, Weekly Columnist (2009 - 2009)
  • Study Abroad, Director, ASU Ghana Summer Study Abroad Program (2009 - 2009)
  • The Light of Hope Institute, Volunteer (2009 - 2009)
  • The Rising Sun Club of Phoenix, Administrative Coordinator (2009 - 2009)
  • Africa Today, Manuscritp Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • African Studies Review, Manuscript Reviwer (2009 - 2009)
  • Boren Fellowship Program, Fellowship Grant Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • US Dept. of Education, Reviewer for Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program grant competitions (2009 - 2009)
  • National Competitive Scholarships Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Southern Inter-Disciplinary Research on Africa, Executive Committee Member (2004 - 2007)
  • Africa Today, Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Honors Disciplinary Faculty, Barrett Honors College, ASU, Faculty (2006 - 2006)
  • Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies, Chair of the Executive Committee (2006 - 2006)
  • The Light of Hope Institute, Scottsdale, AZ, Affiliate (2006 - 2006)
  • African Affairs, Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • The State Press, Gave interview on the politics of global oil price hikes and their impact on U. S. domestic politics (2006 - 2006)
  • International Journal of African Studies, Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • International Journal of Human Development, Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Arizona Black Film Festival, Reviewer and post-screening teach-in for the South African film "Tsotsi." (2006 - 2006)
  • African Studies Review, Manuscript reviewer (twice) (2005 - 2005)
  • Southern Inter-Disciplinary Research on Africa, Chair (2005 - 2005)
  • A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture Series on Race, Coordinator (2004 - 2005)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Administrative Council (2004 - 2005)
  • Committee on African and African American Research, Coordinator (2004 - 2005)
  • Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Committee of Chairs and Directors (2004 - 2005)
  • Institute for Social Studies Research Planning Committee, Executive Committee (2004 - 2005)
  • The Light of Hope Institute (Phoenix, AZ) Annual Youth Forum on Human Rights, Co-organizer and Panel Leader and Lecturer on "Fair Trade and Human Rights in Africa" (2005 - 2005)
  • A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture Series, Planning Committee Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Advisory Committee, African Studies Center, Elected Member (2004 - 2004)
  • MSU Multidisciplinary Study Abroad Program, Accra, Ghana, Director (2002 - 2004)
  • Africa Today, Reviewer (2004)
  • African Studies Review, Reviewer (2004)
  • African Students Association, MSU, Faculty Advisor (2002 - 2003)