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Villanova Political Science Professor Awarded Prestigious Kellogg Fellowship

Okunle Owolabi

Villanova, Pa. – Olukunle Owolabi, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, has been awarded a visiting fellowship by the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  

Dr. Owolabi will spend one academic semester at the Kellogg Institute to complete his book manuscript entitled, “The Colonial Origins of (Under) development, Dictatorship, and Democracy: West Africa and the West Indies in Comparative Perspective.” 

The Kellogg Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute that sponsors scholarship on democracy and human development relevant to contemporary global societies. It links University of Notre Dame faculty from various departments with researchers and scholars from across the globe. The Visiting Fellow program brings top scholars and prominent public intellectuals from the US, Latin America and elsewhere to the Institute. Visiting fellows include eminent senior scholars and promising junior scholars who go on to tenured positions at prestigious institutions, as well as visiting public policy fellows.

“This opportunity for Dr. Owolabi is well-deserved and recognizes the importance of his research, which is especially significant in how it relates to current global events,”  said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, interim dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

At Villanova, Dr. Owolabi teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses on politics, society, and governance in developing regions, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. His research examines the long-term consequences of European colonization for social development and postcolonial democratization.

Dr. Owolabi obtained his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame and was a recipient of two other Kellogg grants and fellowships during his studies there.   

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