The Ohio State University’s Kalu Named Vice Provost for International Affairs at UC Riverside

Expert in University Globalization, International Affairs and West African Politics

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Kelechi A. Kalu, Ph.D., an expert in university globalization, international affairs and West African politics, has been named Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, it was announced today by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul J. D’Anieri.

Kelechi A. Kalu is UCR's Vice Provost for International Affairs

Kelechi A. Kalu is UCR’s Vice Provost for International Affairs

Kalu will join UCR on June 1, leaving his post as Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at The Ohio State University.  Kalu was also named Professor of Political Science in the UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

In the position of vice provost, Kalu will oversee UCR’s international programs and engagement.  UCR currently hosts students from more than 60 nations, and its faculty research features dozens of international research activities touching all continents.

“Scholarship, education, and engagement are increasingly global as well as local enterprises, and UCR has a rich tradition connecting our students and our region to entire globe,” said D’Anieri. “Professor Kalu has the talent, experience, and enthusiasm to lead our expanding international initiatives. He rose to the top of a talented pool in a competitive national search.”

Said Kalu:  “My professional passion is for connecting people, ideas, and spaces within the context of international affairs.  UC Riverside has an excellent base for global engagement, and I look forward building new opportunities for international collaborative research programs, expanding student exchange opportunities, and helping the campus become a vital center for global engagement in California and the nation.”

“One of our most important responsibilities as educators is to ensure that our students become individuals who can see beyond their immediate personal environments and adapt to new international contexts for social and work relations. It requires more than mere acquaintance with different cuisines and music [although these are important], but the development of a high level of cognitive skills which can enable them to solve problems ranging from local to global.”

In his new position, he will earn $210,000 per year.

D’Anieri thanked search Chair David Herzberger, Professor, Hispanic Studies and his fellow committee members for their service.  Members of the committee were:

David Herzberger, Professor, Hispanic Studies and Committee Chair
Ayana Best, Undergraduate Student
Marcelle Chauvet, Professor of Economics
Exequiel Ezcurra, Director, UC-MEXUS and Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences
Edgar Tellez Foster, Graduate Student
Anthony Huang, Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences
Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas, Director, International Education Programs
Mariam Lam, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages
Stefano Lonardi, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Christina Schwenkel, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Sheldon Tan, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Yinsheng Wang, Professor, Chemistry
Gillian Wilson, Professor, Physics
Elaine Wong, Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration

About Kelechi Kalu

Kelechi Kalu has served The Ohio State University as associate provost for global strategies and international affairs since 2012. He is also a professor of African American and African Studies specializing in African and Third World politics, development and underdevelopment studies, globalization, ethnic politics and state reconstruction in Africa, as well as the political economy of foreign relations.

Kalu is author of Economic Development and Nigerian Foreign Policy (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000). He is editor of and contributor to Agenda Setting and Public Policy in Africa (Aldershot, 2004). Most recently he published West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror (Routledge, 2012), edited with George Kieh and based on a 2009 Mershon Center conference. His current book project is on political restructuring in post-conflict states in Africa, which is part of a larger project funded by The Ford Foundation.

His other publications include articles in International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Africa Today, Journal of Nigerian Affairs,Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Third World Studies,Journal of African Policy Studies, West Africa Review, and several book chapters on African and Third World issues.

Kalu is currently associate editor of International Journal of Nigerian Studies and Development and African Social Science Review, and a member of the International Screening Committee for the Social Science Research Council program on Global Conflicts and Security. A past president of the International Studies Association-Southwestern, Kalu is also recipient of African Scholars Research Board 2000 Excellence in Authorship award.

Kalu is a Korea Foundation visiting scholar at Ewha Womans University, and has previously held positions at the University of Denver, the University of Dayton and the University of Northern Colorado. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on Public Sector Governance.  He was also director of the Center for African Studies at Ohio State from 2009-12.

Kalu earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and a doctorate in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

About UC Riverside

UCR currently hosts about 22,000 students, with 900 instructional faculty, including 660 ladder-rank faculty. Chancellor Kim A.  Wilcox and Provost Paul J. D’Anieri are implementing plans for an aggressive expansion of the faculty, planning to bring an additional 300 ladder-rank faculty onboard.

UC Riverside has a long history of research contributions with an unbroken string of scholarly innovations impacting global issues ranging from crop management, to dance theory, to pioneering genomics, to quantum mechanics. UCR is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities — air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR shares the promise of our research with its community, region, state, and the world.

UC Riverside offers bachelor degree programs in over 100 majors, 56 Master’s degree programs, 47 Ph.D. Programs, and ten state teaching credentials. University Extension offers continuing education to the community as well as English instruction to thousands of international students each year. UCR Extension brings approximately five thousand international students to the campus annually.

UCR faculty ranked 35th in the world out of 500 universities in the latest Leiden University ranking based on objective bibliometric measures of scholarly impact. Similarly, UCR ranked 37th on a per capita basis (and 77th overall) in the world in highly cited researchers, and it ranked 26th on a per capita basis (and 54th overall) in the world in papers published in Nature and Science in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


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