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Dr. Diedre L. Badejo

Dr. Diedre L. Badejo is a published author, speaker, facilitator, professor and academic administrator. She currently serves as core faculty for the American Council on Education Emerging Leaders Program Department Chairs Seminars and senior assistant to the provost at the University of Baltimore. Diedre is an internationally recognized scholar who has conducted research in West Africa for more than three decades. Her expertise in African and African Diaspora Studies includes nearly a hundred conference papers, public presentations, scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia chapters and entries, creative writing, essays, and books published in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Her book, Osun Seegesi: The Elegant Deity of Wealth, Power, and Femininity, Africa World Press, has received broad international attention. Her most recent published works include a book on The African Union, Chelsea House 2008; and several articles including “Sango and the Elements: Gender and Cultural Discourses” Indiana University Press, 2009, “The Pathways of Osun as Cultural Synergy” University of Wisconsin Press, 2007; “Methodologies in Yoruba Oral Historiography and Aesthetics” University of Rochester Press, 2005.

She is a contributing editor and member of the executive committee for Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel Volume. NY: Feminist Press, 2002-2005. In 1993, Dr. Badejo served as the Research Project Director for the Kentucky Humanities Council and Kentucky Derby Museum on African Americans In Thoroughbred Racing. Her scholarly contribution to this area is part of a permanent exhibit and tribute to African Americans in the Horse-Racing Industry at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. Professor Badejo is an American Council on Education Fellow where she served at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the University of Ghana Legon. She taught West African Drama at the University of Ghana, and conducted field research on traditional education and leadership development in the Akan region. She is a consummate research scholar and educator. As a Rockefeller Fellow at Brown University, Dr. Badejo worked with the late playwright, George Houston Bass, on the cultural aspects of his then works-in-progress on the connections between West African and African American folklore. While at Brown University, she prepared several publications in African American and African literary history and festival drama. She was senior editor and head of the editorial department at Ahmadu Bello University Press in Nigeria. She was fortunate to work with Nigerian, African, and global researchers and scholars to develop a wide topical range of scholarly journals and books focused on African and global issues.

Dr. Badejo also worked for CBS-TV in Los Angeles as a docudrama researcher and editor before leaving for Nigeria in 1980. She earned a doctorate in comparative literature in 1985, and a master's in African Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a board member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Maryland Humanities Council. She’s also a member of the African Studies Association, the American Council on Education, and the Authors’ Guild in New York among other organizations.