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Gloria Emeagwali

Gloria Emeagwali 

Professor of History and African Studies 

Phone: (860) 832-2815
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: emeagwali@ccsu.edu

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.

The 2014 Distinguished  Research Excellence Award, University of Texas, Austin


For Dr. Emeagwali’s complete curriculum vitae, please click here.

Emeagwali's BooksSelected publications:

  • Africa and the Academy: Challenging Hegemonic Discourses on Africa (Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2006). [editor]
  • The African Experience: Past, Present and Future. New York: Whittier Publications, 2006. [edited with Walton Brown Foster]
  • African Civilization: Technical, Social, and Political Dimensions(New York: American Heritage Publishers, 1997). [editor]
  • Women Pay the Price: Structural Adjustment in Africa and the Caribbean (Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1995). [editor]
  • African Systems of Science, Technology & Art: The Nigerian Experience (London: Karnak House, 1993). [editor]
  • The Historical Development of Science and Technology in Nigeria(Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992). [editor]
  • Science and Technology in African History with Case Studies from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Zambia (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992). [editor]
  • “Creation Myths of Ancient Northeast Africa,” in Gary Laderman and Arri Eisen, eds., Science, Religion and Society, (Armonk, N.Y: M.E Sharpe Inc., 2006). With A. Bekerie. 
  • “Technology in History: Africa,” in Sal Restivo, ed. Science, Technology and Society, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • “Ancient Egyptian Shamanism” in Mariko Namba Walter and Eva Jane Neumann Fridman, eds. Shamanism; An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO, 2004). With M. N. Walter.
  • “African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Implications for the Curriculum,” in Ghana in Africa and the World: Essays in Honor of Adu Boahen, ed. Toyin Falola, (Trenton, N.J. Africa World Press, 2003). 
  • “Islam, Structural Adjustment and Gender: The Nigerian Case,” in Muslim Women’s Choices: Religious Belief and Social Reality, eds. Camillia Fawzi El-Solh and Judy Mabro, (London: Berg Publishers, 1994). 
  • “Textile Technology in Nigeria in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” in African Systems of Science, Technology & Art(1993) [see above.]
  • “African Historiography, Gender and Technology,” in The Historical Development of Science and Technology in Nigeria(1992) [see above.]
  • “The Intersection of Gender and Technology in Nigeria,” in The Historical Development of Science and Technology in Nigeria(1992) [see above.]
  • “Glassmaking Technology in Nupeland, Central Nigeria: Some Questions,” in The Historical Development of Science and Technology in Nigeria (1992) [see above.]
  • “The Control of Water-based Diseases in Colonial Northern Nigeria,” in The Historical Development of Science and Technology in Nigeria (1992) [see above.]
  • “Perspectives on Women and the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Nigeria” in Alternative Development Strategies for BookAfrica, ed. Mohammed Suliman, 3 vols. (London: Institute for African Alternatives, 1991).
  • “Technology Transfer: Explaining the Japanese Success Story,”Journal of Contemporary Asia [Philippines] 21, no. 4 (1991): 504-512.
  • “Pre-colonial Nigeria: The Case of Eastern and Western Nigeria and the Middle Belt,” in Domination and Resistance, eds. Daniel Miller, Michael Rowlands, and Christopher Tilley (London and Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989). 
  • “Oral Historiography and the History of Technology in Nigeria” in MUNTU, Review Scientifique et Culturelle du CICIBA [Center International des Civilisations Bantu, Libreville, Gabon] 8, no. 1 (1988).
  • “Reflections on the Development of Science in the Islamic World and its diffusion into Nigeria before 1903,” Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society 36, no. 1 (1988): 41-48.
  • “The Historian and the Use of Models,” Tarikh [Nigeria] 9 (1987).
  • “History and the Question of Technological Development; The Transfer of Technology Revisited,” in Africa Development/Afrique et Développement [Senegal] 12, no. 2 (1987). 
  • “Women in Pre-capitalist Socio-economic Formations in Nigeria,” in Women in Nigeria Today (London: Zed Books, 1985).
  • “Political Institutions in Pre-Nineteenth Century Nigeria: Some Observations on the Groundwork of Nigerian History” in ODU, A Journal of West African Studies [Nigeria], no. 26 (1984): 144-159.