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Dr. Akin Ogundiran is Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has previously taught in the Department of History at Florida International University, Miami and University of Benin (Nigeria). As an archaeological anthropologist and cultural historian, his primary research interests focus broadly on emergent societies and social complexity in Yorubaland, Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora over the past 700 years. These include the topics of community formation, landscape history, materiality, rituals, sacred grove, and empire. He has also written on historiography, Black Intellectual Thoughts, modernity, social sustainability, and cultural heritage issues.
Dr. Ogundiran has received support for his research from the National Humanities Center, Carnegie Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, National Endowment for the Humanities, Boston Humanities Foundation, and the National Science Foundation-supported programs, among others.
He has authored and edited several publications, including Archaeology and History in Ilare District, 1200-1900 (Cambridge Monograph in African Archaeology 55, 2002); Precolonial Nigeria (Africa World Press, 2005); Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2007), with Toyin Falola; Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Cameron Monroe; and, with Paula Saunders, Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014), which won Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015.
He serves on the editorial board of African Archaeological Review (Springer, USA), Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa (Taylor and Francis, UK), and Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, among others. He has convened major conferences and symposia including the Haitian Constitutional Reform (2007), African Culture and Development (2007), Orisa Music and Dance: Discourses of Modernity and Transnationalism (2008), Materialities and Meanings of Rituals in Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (Society of Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, January 2009, Toronto), Presidency of Barack Obama (2010), the New African Diaspora in the US (2011), and Moral Economies (2014). He also curated two exhibitions – one on stamps, and the other on his archaeological research in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, Nigeria.
Dr. Ogundiran is the recipient of the 2006 University of Texas Africanist Award for Research Excellence. In 2007, he was awarded a Certificate of Special US Congressional Recognition for Excellence in Service. He was presented with the TOFAC Research, Leadership, and Service Award at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2013. He is a member of the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars).
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