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Chiedo Nwankwor

Lecturer and Director of SAIS Women Lead

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  • Campus Location: Washington DC
  • Office Location: BOB 715


Dr. Nwankwor serves as a Lecturer and Director of SAIS Women Lead (SWL). Her primary areas of specialization are Comparative Politics with a focus on African politics, and Women and Gender Studies. Within women and gender studies, her research and teaching interests include women’s political participation with an emphasis on ministerial level politics in Africa, women’s health and health policy, feminist international relations, and the political economy of gender in Africa.

As Director of SAIS Women Lead, Dr. Nwankwor develops and teaches SWL’s practicum courses; facilitates collaboration with SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN), SWL’s Women Who Inspire Lecture Series, and Global Women in Leadership to co-sponsor programming; strengthens alumni mentoring activities affiliated with SWL; and advises students.



  • Africa
  • Gender Studies

In the News

After outcry over abuse, Nigeria’s police reform efforts under scrutiny.

Chiedo Nwankwor quoted on Voice of America, 12/02

Is the U.S. emboldening authoritarian behavior In Nigeria?

Chiedo Nwankwor wrote in Premium Times, 11/05

How women helped rally mass protests against Nigeria’s police corruption?

Chiedo Nwankwor wrote in The Washington Post, 11/04

Mali military coup: Why the world is watching?

Chiedo Nwankwor quoted in The New York Times, 8/19

Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

Chiedo Nwankwor quoted on BBC, 7/8

Women cabinet ministers’ substantive representation in Africa.

Chiedo Nwankwor wrote in Social Politics, 10/26

Gendered contests: PTCIJ, John Hopkins University partner on women in competitive elections.

SAIS and Chiedo Nwankwor cited in Premium Times Nigeria, 2/15