Educated on five continents, Anene Ejikeme received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003. A specialist in modern African history, she studies the politics of gender and eonomic development in colonial and postcolonial Africa. She is completing a manuscript, "From Traders to Teachers," an analysis of the changes in women's lives in Onitsha, an important Nigerian market town in the twentieth century. The life of the boxer, Hogan "Kid" Bassey, 1957 world welterweight champion and Nigerian nationalistic icon, is the subject of her next project. She is co-editing a volume titled "Black Women Travel," a collection of travel narratives. Prior to coming to Trinity, Anene taught at Barnard College in New York, where she served as the Director of the Pan-African Studies Program from 2001 to 2003.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Culture and Customs of Namibia (Greenwood, 2012).
"From Traders to Teachers: A History of Elite Women in Onitsha, Nigeria, 1928-1940," Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2011.
"Reframing African Women," in Peyi Soyinka-Airewele and Rita Kiki Edozie, eds., Reframing Contemporary Africa (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009.)
"Subterfuge & Resistance: A History of Infanticide in Onitsha, Nigeria," in Falola, Toyin, ed., Power and Nationalism in Modern Africa: Essays in Honor of Don Ohadike (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2008).
"Hogan 'Kid' Bassey: Nigerian Icon," in Falola, Toyin and Adam Paddock, ed., Emerging Themes and Methods in African Studies (Trenton, N. J.: Africa World Press, 2008).
"Mothers First: Onitsha Women Battle the Government in Colonial and Postcolonial Nigeria, 1956-1964," in Litzenberger, Caroline and Eileen Groth Lyon, eds., The Human Tradition in Modern Britain (Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Books, 2006).
Hedgebrook Residency, Whidbey Island, Washington, Summer, 2007.
Community service & Involvement
At Trinity, Anene teaches introductory and upper level courses on African. She also teaches a popular First Year Seminar on boxing.
Anene serves on a number of boards, including the Africa Network, a consortium of liberal arts colleges throughout the United States which seeks to increase the presence of Africa at undergraduate institutions.