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Emmanuel O Oritsejafor

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Chair and Professor
(919) 530-7349
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Academic and Administrative leadership in the Department of Political Science


Dr. Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor received is M.A and Ph.D. in Political Science from Atlanta University. His teaching and research interests include Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, International Relations and Development Administration.

Dr. Oritsejafor is a Full-Professor of Political Science and public policy and was the Director of International Affairs at North Carolina Central University from 2005-2012. He also served as the Chair of the Political Science Department from 2010-2014; the Chair of Public Administration from 2014-2017. He is currently the Chair of the Political Science Department at NCCU.

He has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals: Third World Studies Journal, Journal of African Policy Studies, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Journal of College and Character, Journal of Global Competitiveness, and the Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, The Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy Studies, the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, and The Journal of Pan African Studies, the African Social Science Review, the Liberian Studies Journal, the Journal of Commonwealth Youth and Development, the African Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of safety and crisis Management. He has also published numerous chapters in the areas of public policy, political economy and the humanities. He is currently co-authoring a book on "Democracy, Governance and Economic Growth in sub-Saharan Africa"-Lexignton-McMillan Publishers; and book chapters on " Food Security in Africa" , "Political Decentralization in Liberia", " CSO and Resource Management in Ghana", and "Energy Sector Management in Nigeria"

Dr. Oritsejafor has received numerous academic awards; he was the 1987 recipient of the John H. Winters Academic award. He was the recipient of Ford Foundation- Research Fellowship in 1988. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Wye Center Fellowship on Building Citizenship from the Aspen Research Institute. He was the co-winner of the 2007 Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Memorial Scholarship award for the best Article on Africa published in the Journal of Third World Studies. He was also the recipient of the Fulbright Senior Administrative Fellowship 2008-2012. He is a Senior Fellow at the united Negro College Fund; and was also selected to the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education for the MLE Class of 2013. He also received post-doctoral training in International Education Management at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Dr. Oritsejafor has also served as the principal investigator on numerous international development and international education grants and have played integral role in advancing sponsored research and international education at North Carolina Central University. He was the Co-Project Director of the Mellon Foundation Grant, International Community Initiative designed to enhance international education at North Carolina Central University; he was the Project Director of the USAID Grant entitled " Institute for Democracy and Development in War-Torn Liberia" at the University of Liberia, 2006-2007 and the Project Director for a USAID Grant on Technology in Higher Education: The Institute for Distance Education at the Academy for Economic Studies, Chisnau-Moldova. He was also the Principal investigator of the UNCF-SP, 2012-2013, Global Entrepreneurial Grant at the University of South Africa-Pretoria. He has also supervised several thesis and dissertations at the University of Ghana(UGH)-Legon-School of Business and Management.

Dr. Oritsejafor is the Co-Editor of the Liberian Studies Journal and the Managing Editor of the African Social Science Review. He was also the Executive Secretary of the African Studies Research Forum, affiliated with the Association of Third World Studies; and he currently serves on the editorial board of the African journal of Technical Education and Management(AJTEM)-Chi Polytechnic-Ghana, and the Journal of Pan African studies-California. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of African and Asian Studies(JASS), and the International Journal of Electronic Governance.

Research Interests

Governance and Political Freedom, Development Administration, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, and Public Policy.


PhD Clark Atlanta University 1995


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Selected Publications

1. Oritsejafor, E. (2018). The Politics of Peacemaking in Africa: Non-State Actors Role in the Liberian Civil War. . African Studies Quarterly, 17, 116-1125.
2. Oritsejafor, E. (2018). Enhancing Competitiveness of Public Utilities in Nigeria: The Case of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). IGI Publications, 240-252.
3. Oritsejafor, E. (2017). Food Security in Africa. Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.
4. Oritsejafor, E. M. (2015). Enhancing the Competitiveness of Public Utilities in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of electricity reform in Nigeria. Journal of Safety & Crisis Management, 5, 1-11.
5. O., E. , & S., E. (2015). Extractive Sector Policymaking and Governance in Ghana: A Study of the Role, Knowledge and Capacity Challenges of Civil Society Organizations. Journal of Public Management & Social Policy..
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