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History and Political Science Faculty


Benson Onyeji

Benson Onyeji
Professor of Political Science
Academic Center Room 215
Phone: (260) 982-5337
Fax: (260) 901-8239


Ph.D., Graduate School of International Studies
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1990

M.A., Graduate School of International Studies University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1982

M.A., School of International Studies
American University, Washington, D.C. 1980

B.A., Double major in Political Science and Sociology
University of District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., formally Federal City College, 1979 Summa cum laude

Research Interests
Dr. Onyeji will be spending his one year sabbatical leave during the 2012-2013 academic year conducting research in Nigeria. The topic of his research is, “The Political Economy of Nigeria: A Critique of the Resource Curse Paradigm.” He plans in this work to examine why states like Nigeria endowed with oil resource are unable to use the oil wealth to promote economic development and democratic transformation in their societies? He will be based at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu Nigeria, as a Visiting Professor of Political Science. His research interests extend to the examination of the nature and role of the state, and the broader issues of globalization, democratization, and economic development.

Teaching Fields
International Relations, International Political Economy, Globalization, Comparative Politics, Africa

Courses taught
HIST 220 African History
POSC 140 International Politics
POSC 230 Contemporary Politics
POSC 233 Comparative Politics
POSC 236 Comparative Foreign Policy
POSC 237 African Politics
POSC 272 American Foreign Policy
POSC 360 International Law
POSC 365 International Political Economy
POSC 367 International Organization
POSC 370 Model United Nations
INTD 441 Globalization

Publications and Newspaper Commentaries

“Globalization and the Localization of Politics in Africa,” in The Global Studies Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2009.

“Another Africa,” in X – Position: The Journal of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, January 2009.

“Dean’s Meeting to Focus on Global Links,” in The News-Sentinel, Wednesday, February 13, 2002.

“Relations won’t Change: Jordan to Remain Prominent in Mideast Peace Process,” Wabash Plain Dealer, Monday, February 8, 1999.

“Trouble in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa Offer Important Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy,” in The Journal Gazette, Tuesday, April 8, 1997.

Book & Manuscript Reviews

Douglas A. Yates, The Scramble for African Oil: Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa’s Natural Resources, (London: Pluto Press, 2010).

Matt Houngnikpo, Africa’s Elusive Quest for Development, (New York: Palgrave McMillan Publishers, 2007).

Work in Progress

Editing conference proceeding on: The Political Economy of Mbieri in the Era of Globalization

The Political Economy of Nigeria: A Critique of the Oil Based Theses


The Postcolonial State and Industrialization: The State and the Oil Industry in Nigeria, Ph.D. dissertation, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 1990.

Varieties of Capitalist Development and the African Experience: The Implications of Slavery, Colonialism, Apartheid, and Globalization (manuscript).

Globalization, Corporatism, and the Transition to Democracy in Nigeria and South Africa (manuscript).

Papers, Presentations and Participation in Academic Conferences

“China’s New Role in Africa: Engendering the Next Frontier in Global Economic Transformation,” paper presented at the 1st World Emerging Industries Summit held in Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun, Jilin Province, China, August 31- September 3, 2010.

“China’s New Role in Africa: Globalization or Imperialism?” paper presented at the African Network Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2010 at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

Attended African Studies Association Annual Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, November 13-16, 2008.

“Nigeria We hail Thee,’ a Keynote Address at the Nigeria’s Independence Day Celebration, in South Bend, Indiana, October 4, 2008.

“Teaching Africa in Liberal Arts Institutions” presentation in a workshop titled “Consultation on the Interdisciplinary Teaching of Black Experience” at Wabash College, October 25-27, 2007. This workshop brought together 15 prominent African and African American scholars in social science and the humanities to explore pedagogical issues in interdisciplinary programs dealing with black experiences in Africa and the Diaspora.

Attended the International Studies Association annual meeting in San Francisco, March 26-29, 2008.

“Sudan and the Genocide in the Darfur Region: a Comparative Historical Analysis,” presented at Manchester College, North Manchester, May 9, 2006, by invitation of the Peace Studies Institute.

“Naming as an important aspect of African culture,” Keynote address on the occasion of the naming ceremony of Kweku Magualla May Akan, formerly Carl Johnson, member of the Fort Wayne Community School Board, on Friday, April 14, 2006 at the Weisser Park Youth Recreation Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“Re-conceptualizing Globalization, Democracy, and Development in Africa: Lessons Learned so far from the Creation of Autonomous Communities in Imo State, Nigeria,” presented at the African Studies Association’s 47th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 9-15, 2004.

“Globalization and the Perils of Liberal Arts Education,” presented at the 5th Annual Area Deans’ Conference on Educating the Global Community, Friday, February 22, 2002.

G. John Ikenberry, “American Imperial Ambition,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 81, no. 5, September – October 2002, 44-60, reviewed at the Manchester College faculty happy hour, September 23, 2002.

“Lumumba and Political Developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) in Historical Perspective,” Public presentation, Monday, November 26, 2001, at the Borders Bookstore, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“President Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky Affair Repudiated his Sainthood not his Charm: Some Lessons and Implications for World Politics,” Presentation at Manchester College, Thursday, September 24, 1998.

“Globalization: What is New about it?” presented at the 23rd Annual Third World Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 19-22, 1997.

“The Policy Implications of Globalization for Liberal Education and Employment,” presented at the 1996 Manchester College Faculty workshop as contribution toward the Lilly Grant on Liberal Education.

Attended the Five Colleges Program in Peace and World Security Studies conference titled, “Global Economic Inequality as a Source of Conflict in the 21st Century,” Amherst, Massachusetts, June 11-14, 1996.

“United States Role in Africa,” contribution to a panel discussion on The Political and Military Role of the U.S. in Changing World, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Thursday, April 7, 1994.

“Africa in the Global System: How to Survive in the New World Order,” Symposium on Imperialism, Manchester College, October 26, 1993.

“Transition to Democracy in Nigeria: Crisis and Prospects,” presented to Manchester College and the community, September 23, 1993.

“The Somalia Crisis and U.S. Response,” presentation with Nathan Davis during the Black History month celebration, Manchester College, February 15, 1993.

“Somalia in the New World Order,” presentation with Ahmed Haile, sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, North Manchester, Indiana, January 19, 1993.

“Marxism and Liberation: First-World Theories, Third World Realities,” presented with Leonard A. Williams to the conference on “Marxism in the New World Order: Crisis and Possibilities,” Amherst, Massachusetts, November 12-14, 1992.

“The State, Capital Accumulation, and Industrialization in Nigeria: Implications for Africa in the Post-cold War Era,” presented at the African and Global Human Rights Conference in Honor of George W. Shepherd, Jr. and Edward Hawley, May 7-9, 1992, Denver, Colorado.

“The Question of Apartheid,” presented at Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, November 7, 1991.

“Nigeria in the New International Division of Labor: Managing the Ties of Dependency,” presented at the African Studies Association’s 33rd Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, November 1-4, 1990.

“The National Question in African Development,” presented at the African Development Conference organized by the African Student Association, University of Denver, May 15, 1984.


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