Faculty

Prof. Jacob Olupona

Convener, Ife Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS)

Harvard University, USA

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School and Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Boston University where he received his PhD in Comparative Religion in 1983. He is currently working on a new ground-breaking study of the explosive growth of evangelicalism across all branches of Christianity, expanding the current discourse that is largely focused on Pentecostalism by identifying its affect on and place in the larger context of Nigerian Christianity and society. Olupona has authored or edited numerous books, including Kingship, Religion and Rituals in a Nigerian Community: A Phenomenological Study of Ondo Yoruba Festivals and The City of 201 Gods: Ile-Ife in Time Space and the imagination, in which he examines the modern urban mixing of ritual, royalty, gender, class, and power, and how the structure, content, and meaning of religious beliefs and practices permeate daily life. His most recent edited volume, Ifa Divination: Knowledge, Power, and Performance analyzes the famous tradition of Ifa divination from perspectives as varied as theology, art and aesthetics, philosophy, and cultural studies. Olupona has received prestigious grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, the Davis Humanities Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Getty Foundation. He has served on the editorial boards of three influential journals and was the president of the African Association for the Study of Religion. Olupona has received an honorary doctorate in divinity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife and the University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2008 he was awarded the highest distinction the Nigerian government bestows on civilians, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, and he was inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters in 2015. In October 2015, he was honored with the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

Prof. Olutayo Adesina

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. David Ogungbile

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Funmi T. Bickersteth

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Chris Ajila

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Adigun Agbaje

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Naluwembe Binaisa

University College, London, UK

Dr. Laura Grillo

Georgetown University, USA

Prof. Simeon Ilesanmi

Wake Forest University, USA

Prof. Olatunde Lawuyi

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Prof. Margaret Lombe

Boston College, USA

Prof. C. Mavhunga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Ebenezer Obadare

University of Kansas, USA

Prof. Omolade Adunbi

University of Michigan, USA

Prof. Oyeniyi Okunoye

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Oyeronke Olademo

University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Prof. M. O. Opeloye

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Prof. Funmi Soetan

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Prof. Olufemi Vaughan

Amherst College, USA

Prof. Akanni Akinyemi

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Taiwo Soneye

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Afe Adogame

Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

Prof. Charles Ukeje

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Corey L. Williams

Leiden University, Netherlands

Prof. Sheriff F. Folarin

Covenant University, Nigeria

Prof. Wale Adebanwi

Oxford University, United Kingdom

Prof. Francis Egbokhare

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Tunde Decker

Osun State University, Nigeria

Prof. Patricia Mbote

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Prof. Olatunji Oyeshile

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Nkatha Kabira

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Prof. Morenike Ukpong

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Abiodun Alao

Kings College, United Kingdom

Prof. Matthews Ojo

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof. Tang Xiaoyang

Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Femi Mimiko

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Nancy Baraza (VON)

Women Rights Activist, Kenya

Prof. B. Ogunnaike

University of Delaware, USA

Prof. Olufemi Taiwo

Cornell University, USA

Prof. Mojubaolu Okome

Brooklyn College, USA

Prof. Egodi Uchendu

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Prof. Maha Marouan

Pennsylvania State University, USA

Prof. Dianne Stewart

Emory University, USA

Prof. Yetunde Ajibade

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr. Olubunmi Ashaolu

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Ife Institute of Advanced Studies

The Faculty of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies is a team of senior Scholars in the Institute.