ECOWAS shells.jpeg


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. 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

I specialize in African Politics and International Relations. 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 (to be released Mid-2019), examines the ECOWAS Commission and its efforts to include relevant civil society actors in the process, creation, and deepening of regional governance practices. I study the areas of Peace and Security, Finance, and Public Health to provide a holistic perspective as to how the dynamics of region building are pervasive throughout the complex political and social spaces in West Africa. Other projects contribute to scholarship on Comparative Regionalism, Norm Localization, and Regional Health Surveillance in Africa.

I teach several courses, including Contemporary African Politics, Democracy and Development and International Organizations, in addition to survey courses such as Introduction to International Relations and Research MethodsI am passionate about teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), particularly culturally responsive teaching, creating inclusive classrooms, and understanding student motivation.  My goal as an educator is to facilitate a an inclusive learning experience by relying on three core principles in my teaching: 1) Access 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).