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Department of Global Studies and Languages
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8067
Pocatello, Idaho, USA 83209

Phone: 208-282-3043
Fax: 208-282-3098

Director and Department Chair

Dr. Raphael Chijioke Njoku

Phone: 208-282-4164
Office: 101 Graveley Hall

Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Director and Department Chair of Global Studies and Languages, graduated with a first-class honors from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and was Nigeria’s 16th Rhodes Scholar-elect in 1992. He received his doctorate in African History from Dalhousie University Canada in 2003. Early on, he had earned a doctorate in Political Science from Vrije University, Belgium in 2001. His research specialty is African history, politics, and culture, including the intersection between literature and African studies. He has also been working on themes related to the international studies since 1997.

Njoku is the author of Culture and Customs of Morocco (2005), African Cultural Values: Igbo Political Leadership in Colonial Nigeria 1900-1966 (2006), and co-editor of Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa (2007), War and Peace in Africa (2010), African history (2010), Africa and the Wider World (2010), and The History of Somalia (2013). He has also authored 35 scholarly articles in international journals and edited volumes.

Some of his awards include: Eleanor Young Love Award for Distinguished scholarship (2006), Distinguished Research Award in the Category of Social Sciences (2009), Indiana University Library Residency Award (2009), Victor Olurunsola Endowed Research Award (2007), and the Schomburg Center award for Research in Black Studies (2006-07). Njoku is currently the Director and Chair of the Department of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University.