Emmanuel A. Balogun, PhD
I am an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, USA where I am also Co-Director of the Global Masters of Arts in International Relations program at Webster University. I am also affiliated with the Webster Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. I received my PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.
My research engages broadly with African Regional Organizations, Peace and Security Governance, and Global Health Governance. My forthcoming book, Convergence and Agency in West Africa: Region-Building in ECOWAS, examines the Economic Community of West African States and the importance of international bureaucrats in coordinating, creating, and managing regional governance practices in the areas of public health, peace and security, and micro-financial integration. My other projects examine health surveillance practices in Southern, East, and West Africa, the integration of traditional medicine as social policy in West Africa, and variations in institutional trajectories in ASEAN and ECOWAS. I am also a recipient of a Fulbright- Hays Group Project Abroad Grant, which supports both my research and teaching.
I teach several courses in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, and Africana Studies. I practice culturally responsive teaching and encourage student motivation through metacognition. My goal as an educator is to facilitate an inclusive learning experience by relying on three core principles in my teaching: 1) Accessible Pedagogy 2) Enhancing Metacognition through Critical Thinking and 3) Learning through collaboration. I achieve these principles through the use of Active Learning and the concept of Universal Design of Learning (UDL).