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Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Ifeoma NwankwoIfeoma Nwankwo is the associate provost for strategic initiatives and partnerships. In this role, Ifeoma works with colleagues in the Office of the Provost, deans and faculty in all schools and colleges, and other campus academic leaders to enhance the university’s efforts and outcomes in strategic initiatives, to engage the campus and Middle Tennessee communities and to advance academic partnerships that support the university's strategic mission. 

Nwankwo is also associate professor of English and American Studies, immediate past Director of the Program in American Studies, and founding director of the Voices from Our America international public and digital humanities initiative.

Having joined Vanderbilt in 2006, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Nwankwo earned her Ph.D. in English from Duke University in 1999, with certificates in Latin American studies and African and African American studies. Her research centers on intercultural and intergenerational relations, particularly as they surface in the literary texts, oral narratives and popular music of Afro-descendants in the United States, Caribbean and Latin America. Her publications include Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas; “Bilingualism, Blackness, and Belonging: The Racial and Generational Politics of Linguistic Transnationalism in Panama”; and “Race and Representation in the Digital Humanities: An Inter-American Case Study.” Her edited volumes include Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World(co-edited with Mamadou Diouf of Columbia University); African Routes, Caribbean Roots, Latino Lives; and, most recently, Globally Engaged Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Creative Practice, a special issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America, co-edited with Jan Cohen Cruz and Jeff Hou.

Nwankwo directs Voices from Our America, an international project linking academic research, K-12 curriculum development and community engagement, and The Wisdom of the Elders, a combination publicly-engaged research program and health study focused on revealing and recognizing older adults’ life- and soul-sustaining wisdoms and productively incorporating them into K-12, undergraduate, graduate and health professions education. She is the principal investigator and lead faculty member of the related Wisdom Working Group, a trans-institutional program. 

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Ifeoma Nwankwo
121 Kirkland Hall