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Prof. 'Dimeji Togunde

Vice Provost for Global Education & Professor of International Studies, Spelman College

Dr. ‘Dimeji Togunde serves as the vice provost for global education and professor of international studies at Spelman College. His roles include providing leadership for the implementation of the College’s Strategic Planning and its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), also known as Spelman Going Global!, which is the centerpiece of the College’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In his capacity as the College’s chief international officer, Dr. Togunde provides guidance and direction for all of the College’s global initiatives. As the focal point of contact for information about Spelman’s global activities, he is responsible for building/strengthening strategic international partnership engagements aimed at enhancing student exchanges, faculty and students’ research, and students’ global learning experiences. Reporting directly to the Provost, he oversees the Office of Study Abroad, Office of Cultural Orientation, G-STEM Program, International Affairs Center, International Student Services and Advising, and all study abroad programs directed by faculty and staff. Dr. Togunde also leads the assessment of the College’s internationalization initiatives and collaborates with academic departments to encourage greater awareness of and involvement with the realities of globalization.

Prior to joining Spelman College in August 2011, Dr. Togunde spent the last 15 years at Albion College in Michigan, where he held the John S. Ludington Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences as professor of sociology, and served as chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, and director of the Ethnic Studies Program. He received both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in demography and social statistics from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He recently co-edited a book with Emmanuel Yewah, "Across the Atlantic: African Immigrants in the United States Diaspora" (Common Ground Publishing, University of Illinois, 2010).

Publications on child labour include:

- In Their Own Words: Consequences of Child Labor in Urban Nigeria:

- Household size and composition as correlates of child labour in urban Nigeria:

- Socioeconomic causes of child labor in urban Nigeria:

- PARENTS' VIEWS, CHILDREN'S VOICES: Intergenerational Analysis of Child Labor Persistence in Urban Nigeria:

- Value of Children, Child Labor, and Fertility Preferences in Urban Nigeria:


  • –present
    Associate Provost for Global Education & Professor of International Studies, Spelman College