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Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Obasesam Okoi is an Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches Intro to Justice and Peace Studies and Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy. His interdisciplinary research focuses broadly on natural resource conflict and conflict resolution processes, post-conflict peacebuilding programs and policies, the intersection of engineering and peace, and the linkages between technology, inequality, and mobility. He also examines the alleviation of inequities that are emerging in Africa as a result of globalization, digitalization, and artificial intelligence as well as global pandemics. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Conflict Resolution Quarterly, African Security, World Development, International Journal on World Peace, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, and in prominent global policy think tanks. He is currently working on a book project: “Punctuated Peace in Nigeria’s Oil Region.” Recently, Dr. Okoi contributed to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Global Think Tank Town Hall III: Solidarity and Solutions To Save Lives and Livelihoods at the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, University of St Thomas
  • 2017–2017
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Winnipeg
  • 2009–2011
    Adjunct Faculty, Wilfrid Laurier University


  • 2019 
    University of Manitoba, Ph.D.
  • 2012 
    University of Windsor, M.A.
  • 2009 
    Wilfrid Laurier University - Balsillie School of Internattional Affairs, MIPP
  • 2008 
    Trent University, BA (honors)