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Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

Omolade Adunbi is a political anthropologist and an Associate Professor at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), Faculty Associate, Program in the Environment (Pite) and Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His areas of research explore issues related to resource distribution, governance, human and environmental rights, power, culture, transnational institutions, multinational corporations and the postcolonial state. His latest book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2015) addresses issues related to oil wealth, multinational corporations, transnational institutions, NGOs and violence in oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. His current research focuses on the growing interest of China in Africa’s natural resources and its interrelatedness to infrastructural projects and special economic zones. His teaching interest include transnationalism, globalization, power, violence, human and environmental rights, the postcolonial state, social and political theory, resource distribution and contemporary African society, culture and politics.He is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology by the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Class of 1923 Teaching and Research Award at the University of Michigan.


  • –present
    Associate professor, The University of Michigan


  • 2010 
    Yale University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • African Studies Association