Peyi Soyinka Airewele

Peyi Soyinka-Airewele

Professor of International and African Politics
Ithaca College
Moderator, Africa Forum 2019

Peyi Soyinka-Airewele is professor of international and African politics and chairperson of the Politics Department at Ithaca College, New York. She served as president of the Association of Third World Studies, co-vice president of the Ithaca City of Asylum, and president of the African Studies and Research Forum. Soyinka-Airewele’s research on democratic development, gendered violence, African cinema, and the politics of memory and trauma in the African postcolony was published in several journals including the Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, and West Africa Review. Her published books include Reframing Contemporary Africa (CQ Press, with Kiki Edozie) and Socio-Political Scaffolding and the Construction of Change (Africa World Press, with Kelechi Kalu). A Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, Soyinka-Airewelecurrently serves as president of the African Women’s Initiative (AWI) and as an ambassador for the Stephen’s Children’s Home, a center for children orphaned by the Boko Haram terrorist assaults in Nigeria. She received her PhD in international studies from the University of Birmingham, U.K.