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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

Global Studies Faculty

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.

Dr. King Yik

Phone: 208-282-6283
Office: 115 Graveley Hall

King Yik, King Yik received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, specializing in international business. Despite his business education training, he has chosen to focus on liberal arts teaching. He has taught international economics and international management to both undergraduate and graduate students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Michigan, and Idaho State University. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards. His current research interest is on the role of international organizations in economic development.

Dr. Malliga Och

Phone: 208-282-3717
Office: 116 Graveley Hall

Malliga Och, is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Languages Department at Idaho State University. She has a PhD from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her dissertation explained why conservative governments adopt feminist policies remedying economic inequalities for women. In her previous life, Malliga was the Research Director of Political Parity – a program of Hunt Alternatives in Cambridge, MA.

Malliga has extensive research experience in women and politics, particularly women’s access to political office in Europe and Asia, international women’s rights, as well as in comparative feminist policy research with a focus on parental leave and corporate board diversity. She is the author of “Unpacking the descriptive representation of women in Asian parliaments” (with Devin Joshi) and has taught comparative and international politics courses at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado State University, and Community College Denver. Outside of school, she serves as the CEDAW Co-Chair for the United Nations Association’s initiative Denver for CEDAW Campaign for its Denver Metro chapter.

In her past life, Malliga was a member of the Public Advisory Committee of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Committee Chair for Educational Outreach at the United Nations Association Denver Chapter, and part of the Colorado Leadership Council of the White House Project. She was also a member of the Diversity Council of Big Sister Association Boston and a core member of Women in NAAP Boston.

Malliga holds a Magister Artium in Political Science, Communications, and Law from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado in Denver.

Dr. Yolonda Youngs

Phone: 208-282-6083
Office: 119 Graveley Hall

Dr. Yolonda Youngs, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Geography (Arizona State University, 2009), M.S. in Earth Sciences/Geography (Montana State University, 2004), B.A. in Anthropology (Florida State University, 1993). Her research specialties are world regional geography, cultural landscapes, historical-environmental geography, tourism & outdoor recreation, GIS, and national parks and protected areas.

Dr. Youngs has published her research in the Geographical Review, Environmental History, Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal. She is currently completing a two book projects: Framing Nature: The Making of an American Icon at the Grand Canyon (University of Nebraska Press) and is the co-editor (with Dr. Geoffrey L. Buckley, Ohio University) of The American Environment Revisited: Historical Geographies for the Twenty-First Century (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). She serves on the editorial board of Historical Geography (journal). She is the author of Shaping Tourism in North American Odyssey: Historical Geographies for the Twenty-First Century and is anticipating a forthcoming book chapter about Yellowstone Lake (in Designs Upon Nature: The Cultural Landscape of Yellowstone National).

Her research has been funded through grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Idaho Humanities Council, and the Association of American Geographers. She currently is an active researcher in the NSF EPSCoR MILES project, focusing on historic landscapes and ecosystem services ( past. Dr. Youngs' research is also supported by grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park. Dr. Youngs is active in national and international scholarly networks. She has presented her research in Chile, Russia, Tunisia, Australia, France, and Spain. She has lived in Italy and travelled extensively throughout Europe. She is an active member of the International Geographical Union, International Cartographic Association, and served as a U.S. National Committee Scholar.

Dr. Youngs teaches courses in World Regional Geography, Historical Geography of National Parks, Introduction to Cultural Geography, Global Tourism, and Environment, Geography, & Sustainability.

Dr. Joachim Agamba

Phone: 208-282-3043
Office: 100 Graveley Hall

Dr. Joachim Agamba, received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Motion Picture and Television Production and his M.A. in African Studies from the UCLA International Institute. He is the recipient of the Jim Morrison Film Award for his final undergraduate film “Things Fall Apart” and the James S. Coleman Award for his thesis “The Slave Trade in Northern Ghana.” While a Graduate Teaching Associate at UCLA, Agamba developed interest in Curriculum Development which led to his pursuit and attainment of a Instructional Design (Educational Technology emphasis) from Idaho State University following which he became the Program Coordinator for Teacher Education at the Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness (ICEE) as well as an instructor in the College of Education. He currently teaches courses on Global Studies and World Cinema. His current research interests are in Next Generation Learning, 21st Century Ctizenship, and the role of World Cinema in breaking down barriers.