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Gloria Emeagwali

Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University

Gloria Emeagwali received her B.A. in history from the University of the West Indies in 1973. In 1976, she received a Dip. Ed. from the University of London and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in history from Ahmadu Bello University [Nigeria] in 1985.

She joined the CCSU faculty in 1991. Prior to her arrival, she taught at the University of Ilorin [Nigeria], the Nigerian Defence Academy, and Ahmadu Bello University. She was the founding coordinator of the African Studies Program at CCSU, serving from 1992 until 1997. She was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University in 1990-91, and also a Visiting Scholar at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, in Spring 2000.

Dr. Emeagwali’s teaching interests include world history, African history, and specific courses on the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, the History of South Africa, and African History through Film.

Her current research focuses upon the historical context of African Indigenous Technology and its implications for sustained economic growth. Dr. Emeagwali’s personal website, African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems, has been recognized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as one of the top fifty websites on Africa. She is also the Chief Editor of Africa Update.

She is recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Research Excellence Award, University of Texas, Austin and the 2019 Distinguished Africanist Award, New York African Studies Association.


  • –present
    Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University