Dr. Sharon Bethea
Professor, Counselor Education; Coordinator, African/African American Studies
Counselor Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5545
Courses Taught
COUN-401 Professional Orientation and Legal/Ethical Practices
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling
COUN-403 Theories of Counseling
COUN-408 Research Seminar
COUN-415 Children and Youth in School and Family Systems
COUN-430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
ICSE-103 Introduction to Inner City Studies
AFAM-200 Introduction to African/African American Studies
AFAM-301 Foundations of African Civilizations
AFAM-302 Foundations of Africans in the Diaspora
AFAM-303 Global Collaborations: Cross Cultural Research in Ghana
Research Interests
Resiliency of inner city youth; African centered counseling paradigms; social and cultural diversity in counseling; counselor identity development; Oakland Freedom Schools; adolescent civic engagement; study abroad

Ph.D., Educational Psychology
University of Missouri at Columbus

M.A., Clinical Psychology
Specialization: Marriage, Family, Child, and Adolescent Counseling
John F. Kennedy University

B.A., Psychology
San Francisco State University

Selected Publications

Perlow, O., Wheeler, D. I., Bethea, S.L., Scott, B. M. (2018). Black Women's Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. Switzerland: Palgrave, Macmillan.

Bethea, S. L. (2018). Kuja Nyumbani (Coming Home): Using African-Centered Pedagogy to Educate Black Students in the Academy. In Perlow, O., Wheeler, D. I., Bethea, S.L., Scott, B. M. (eds). Black Women's Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. Switzerland: Palgrave, Macmillan.

Tavakoli, S., Mei-Whei Chen, M., Zook, N., Bethea, S. L. (2015). Attachment, combat exposure, and post-trauma cognitions as predictors of PTSD and PTG in Veterans.Journal of Military and Government Counseling. (3) 2, 113-130.

Bethea, S. L., Payne, M. (2015). Children’s defense fund: Oakland freedom school.  In Shujaa, M. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African cultural heritage in North America. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Perlow, O., Bethea, S., & Wheeler, D.  (2014). Dismantling the master’s house: Black women faculty challenging white privilege/supremacy in the college classroom. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.   

Bethea, S. L. (2013). Illumination of the Spirit: The evolution of an African centered social justice counselor. In J. Carlson & J. Kottler (Eds.), Helping Beyond the 50-Minute Hour: Therapists Involved in REAL Social Action.  New York: Routledge, 2012.

Bethea, S. L. (2013). Past & present societal influences on black couples that impact sex, love, and intimacy. In K. Helm & J. Carlson (Eds.), Love, Intimacy, Sex and the African American Couple. New York: Routledge.

Bethea, S. L. (2012). The impact of Oakland freedom school’s summer youth program on the psychosocial development of African American youth.  Journal of Black Psychology, 38(4), 442-454.

Bethea, S. L. (2008). A chronology of the education of Black people in Illinois to1874.  Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission 2008 Report II: v2.

Bethea, S. L. (2008). Writings of Baffour Amakwa Tia II [Asa Hilliard], Ph.D.  Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission 2008 Report II: v2.

Smith, S. M., & Bethea, S. L. (2004). The emotionally intelligent educator.  NABTE Review, 31, 69-75.

Additional Information

In addition to her teaching responsibilities in the Department of Counselor Education, Dr. Bethea also teaches as an affiliate faculty member in the African/African American and Inner City Studies programs.

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Chielozona Eze
College of Arts and Sciences
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Courses Taught
ENGL 201 World of Poetry
ENGL 222 English Literature, 1750-Present
ENGL 203 World of Fiction
ENGL 334 Biblical Backgrounds English & American Literature
ENGL 345 Practical Criticism
ENGL 383/483 Post Colonial African Literature
ENGL 480 Ethnic Literatures
ENGL 488 Africana Literature
ENGL 381 African-American Literature
Also Literary and Cultural Theories,Postcolonial Literature, Global Literature
Research Interests
Narrative theory, Globalization and Cultures, Feminism in Global Contexts

Ph.D.  English/Philosophy, Purdue University, 2003
MFA    Fiction, Purdue University, 2003
M.A.    Comparative Literature/German, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1996
M.A.    Catholic Theology, Leopold Franzens University, Austria, 1989
B.A.     Philosophy (Magna cum laude), St. Joseph’s Seminary, Nigeria, 1984

Selected Publications


Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women's Literature - Feminist Empathy  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Postcolonial Imagination and Moral Representations in African Literature and Culture. Lanham: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), 2011.

 The Dilemma of Ethnic Identity: Alain Locke’s Vision of Transcultural Societies. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.


"Decolonisation and its Discontents: Thoughs on the Postcolonial African Moral Self" Journal of South African Philosophy, Vol 34. Issue 4 (2015): 408-418.

“Rethinking African Culture and Identity: The Afropolitan Model.” Journal of African Cultural Studies. 26. 2. (2014): 234-247.

“The Open Wounds of Being: The Poetics of Testimony in the Works of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.”  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Vol. 16, No.2 (Fall 2014): 282-306.

“Death, Here I Am: Violence and Redemption in Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying.” Journal of Narrative Theory, 43.1. (Spring 2013): 87-107.

“Nelson Mandela and the Politics of Empathy: Reflections on the Moral Conditions for Conflict Resolutions in Africa.” African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review. Volume 2, Number 1, (Spring 2012): 122-135.

“Ambits of Moral Judgement: Of Pain, Empathy and Redemption in J.M.Coetzee's Age of Iron,” Journal of Literary Studies, 27:4, (2011):17-35.

“African Feminism: Resistance or Resentment." Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy XX, 1-2, (2008): 97-117.

“The Pitfalls of Cultural Consciousness.” Philosophia Africana 10. 1 (March 2007): 37-47.

“Cosmopolitan Solidarity: Negotiating Transculturality in Contemporary Nigerian Novels.” English in Africa. (Spring 2005):99-112.

“Resentment and the African Condition: An Inquiry.” Gefame: Journal of African Studies. 2, no. 1, 2005.

Creative Works

The Trial of Mugabe (Novella) Chicago, Okri Books, 2009.

Survival Kit (Poems) New York:  Akachic Books, 2016.

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Curriculum Vitae
Aissetu Ibrahima
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 402- Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK 404 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWK 415 – Field Practicum I
SWK 415 – Field Practicum II
SWK 432 – Family Centered Policy
Research Interests
Indigenous social work, community health, health disparities, maternal health

Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S., Social Work, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

B.A., Sociology and Social Administration, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Selected Publications

Ibrahima, A. B. (2017). 16 Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). Transforming Society: Strategies for Social Development from Singapore, Asia and Around the World91, 229.

Ibrahima, A. B., & Mattaini, M. A. (2018). Social work in Africa: Decolonizing methodologies and approaches. International Social Work,  0020872817742702.

Additional Information

Aissetu Barry Ibrahima got her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Aissetu has more than 10 years of post-master's social work field experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and care, community health, education, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, addiction, and monitoring and evaluation in Ethiopia as well as the U.S. Dr. Aissetu’s research area can fall under community health and grassroots development. Her research broadly examines indigenous knowledge and cultural relevance in social services, and international polices, and health disparities in maternal health service provision and utilization. 

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Jeanine Ntihirageza
Department Chair, Coordinator
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5873
Phonology, Morphology, African Languages (Bantu Languages), Contact Linguistics, Language Teaching Methodology, ESL / EFL African Summer Institute
Courses Taught
TESL 426-Advanced Linguistic Analysis
Research Interests
Department Chair, Anthropology, Philosophy, Teaching English as a Second.Foreign Language, & Academic Literacy Program Coordinator, African Summer Institute

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Chicago

Selected Publications

Bofman, Theodora,Jeanine Ntihirageza, and Paul Prez. “Writing a bilingual learner’s dictionary:  A case study of Kirundi.”  In English Learners’ Dictionaries at the DSNA 2009. Ilan J. Kernerman and Paul Bogaards, eds. Tel Aviv: K Dictionaries Ltd. 2010.


Jeanine Ntihirageza (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL) holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Bantu languages. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  She received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Burundi where she subsequently taught TEFL and ESL classes as a Lecturer.  She came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship to do her graduate studies.  Her primary research area is phonology and morphology.  Her other research interests include contact linguistics and Pragmatics.  In addition, she is a currently working on an online bilingual Kirundi-English dictionary with Teddy Bofman and Paul Prez (http://homepages.neiu.edu/~kirundi/dictionary/ )  She is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and Department chair of Anthropology, English Language Program (ELP), Philosophy, and Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL).  She is also on the core faculty of the African and African American Studies program. She has taught Theoretical and Applied Linguistics for the last 13 years. She spearheaded a Genocide Research Group that recently organized a symposium on Silencing Genocide in Africa and African Diaspora.

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Main Campus
Professor T.Y. Okosun smiles into the camera.
Justice Studies
African and African American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5453
Governance and political power Local and global destitution Intersections: Africans and African Americans Conflict scenarios and transformation Colonial / Post-colonial legacies Dictatorships, democracy, and vapid insatiality
Courses Taught
JUST 101 Introduction to Social Justice
JUST 202 WIP: Justice and Inequality
JUST 241 Research Methods in Justice Studies
JUST 301Theories of Justice and Social Change
JUST 312 Theories of Criminal Behavior
JUST 315O Haitian Revolution
JUST 343 Conflict Transformation
JUST 345 Practicum in Justice Studies
JUST 350 Field Work Seminar
JUST 362 Justice Issues in Africa
Research Interests
Social justice, social inequalities, global justice and peace, political governance, race and racialism, conflict transformation, transformative justice, and justice as compassion

• Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
• L.Th., Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
• M.M.R.Sc., Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium
• M.A., Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium
• B.Th., Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy

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Office Hours
Spring 2019: Monday and Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Campus
Cris E. Toffolo
Interim Director of International Programs
Office of International Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4761
• Modern and contemporary political theory, especially theories of justice and social movements • Human rights theory, practice and international law • Peace studies, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building • Comparative politics and social change in the Global South, especially West and Southern Africa, Central American and South Asia.
Courses Taught
JUST 202 WIP: Justice and Inequality
JUST 301 Theories of Justice and Social Change
JUST 338 Introduction to Human Rights
Research Interests
• Human rights, humanitarian law and peace education • Theoretical models of global peace • Causes and responses to genocide in Africa

• Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1995
• M.A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1988
• M.A., George Washington University, Washington, DC., 1986
• B.S., Alma College, Alma, Michigan, 1983, cum laude

Selected Publications

The Arab League. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Emancipating Cultural Pluralism, ed. Prescript by Crawford Young. SUNY Press, 2003.

“The International Red Cross Educates the World about International Humanitarian Law,” Ch. 13 in Peace Education from the Grassroots, edited by Ian Harris. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc. Forthcoming in fall 2013.

“Unethical Alliance? The United States, Pakistan, and the ‘War on Terrorism,’” Ch. 13 in The Ethics and Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism: Fighting Terror with Terror, edited by Charles Webel and John Arnaldi, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 2011.

“Moral Education and Peace Education” in Character and Moral Education: A Reader, with Ian Harris, edited by Joe Devitis and Tianlong Yu Peter Lang. 2011, 369-381.  

“Beyond Leviathan? The Historical Relationship Between Peace Plans, International Law and the Early Anglo-American Peace Movement,” Peace Movements Worldwide, Volume 3: Peace Efforts That Work and Why.  Edited by Marc Pilisuk and Michael N. Nagler. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2011, 46-60. 

“Education of the Heart: What Justice and Peace Studies can Learn from Moral Development Literature,” Ch. 6 in Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action. Edited by Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo & Randall Amster. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, 85-100.  

“Failed States,” The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Edited by Nigel Young, with a forward by The Dalai Lama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Law, International: History and Definition,” The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Edited by Nigel Young, Forward by The Dalai Lama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Nobel Peace Prize, Appeal of” The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Edited by Nigel Young, Forward by The Dalai Lama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

"Pakistan," with Charles Amjad-Ali. World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties. 3rd and 4th editions, Oakland Park, Florida: Schlager Publishing Group, 2005 and 2006.


I came to NEIU in 2008 to take up the position of Professor and Chair of Justice Studies. Prior to that, I was the Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. I love to travel and sometimes I take students to conferences here in the U.S. and to study in Guatemala, Bangladesh and South Africa. I had the opportunity to teach high school in Nigeria for a year when I was an undergraduate and so I know just how important study abroad can be. I have also done consulting and research in Guatemala, Ghana and Pakistan. While on sabbatical in South Africa in 2005-06 I worked as a researcher for a human rights NGO in Johannesburg. This is related to my work on human rights for Amnesty International which I have done since 1991, including providing court testimony in immigration cases. I currently serve on a subcommittee of AI (USA)’s board and as the advisor to NEIU’s AI Student Club. I also serve as co-chair of the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a group of peace studies scholars and activists in the U.S. and Canada. As the mother of a college sophomore I am currently getting to see college from several different perspectives, and I truly love working with NEIU students who are hungry to get an education.

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Office Hours
Fall 2016: Tuesday 12-12:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Wednesday 2-3 p.m., and by appointment.
Main Campus
Dr. Isidore Udoh
Associate Professor
Health Sciences and Physical Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5572
Courses Taught
HSCI 212: Consumer Health
HSCI 307 Human Diseases
HSCI 312 Global and Environmental Health
HSCI 314 Principles of Epidemiology in Higher Education
HSCI 318: Consumer Health
HSCI 316: Health Disparities
PH 410: Epidemiology
PH 440: Health Disparities
Research Interests
Health disparities, Disease prevention, Natural resources extraction, conflicts and health, Ecological
determinants of health, International education, International virtual learning exchange.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City

Ph.D.:  North Dakota State University, College of Education and Human Development (HIV Prevention Education)

JCL: Catholic University of American, School of Canon Law

M.A.: DePaul University, Health Communication

B.Th.: Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, Italy, Theology, magna cum laude

B. Phil.: Pointifical Urbanian University, Rome, Italy, Philosophy, magna cum laude

Selected Publications

Udoh I. A., Mantell JE, Kelvin E, Adams-Skinner J. (in press). The influence of religion and culture on HIV transmission in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Journal of Religion and Health.

Udoh, I.A. (2019) Oil production, environmental pressures and other sources of violent conflict
in Nigeria, Review of African Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2018.1549028

Udoh, I. A. (2018). Public Health Emergency, UNEP Environmental Assessment and the Clean-up of
Nigeria’s Niger Delta. Arts and Humanities Open Access Journal, 2(6), 386-389.

Udoh, I. A., & Ibok, M. S. (2014). Manipulative and coercive power and the social-ecological
determinants of violent conflict in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, 4(1), 60-94.

Udoh, I. A. (2013). A Qualitative Review of the Militancy, Amnesty, and Peacebuilding in
Nigeria's Niger Delta. Peace Research, 63-93.

Udoh, I. A. (2013). Globalization and its discontents. Explorations in Adult Higher Education, 2, 46-49.

Udoh, I. A. (2013). Oil, migration and the political economy of HIV/AIDS prevention in Nigeria’s
Niger Delta. International Journal of Health Services, 43(4), 681-697.

Udoh, I. A., Mantell. J. E., Sandfort, T., & Eighmy, M. A. (2009). Potential pathways to HIV/AIDS transmission in the Niger Delta of Nigeria: Poverty, migration and commercial sex. AIDS Care, 21(5), 567-574.

Exner, T. M., Mantell, J. E., Adeokun, L. A., Udoh, I. A., Oladipo, O., Delano, G. E., Faleye, J., & Akinpelu, K. (2009). Mobilizing men as partners: The results of an intervention to increase dual protection among Nigerian men. Health Education Research, 24(5), 846-854..

Selected Performances

"Oil, Pollution, and the Political Economy of Violent Conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta." DePaul University MPH Spring Colloquium, April 24, 2013

"Oil, Environment and health: A review of the 2011 UNEP report on pollution in the Niger Delta." A Workshop for 15 host communities to oil production and executives of oil multinationals in the Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, December 19-20, 2011.

"Oil exploration and health: Analysis of Responses to pollution in Ecuador, Nigeria, and Indonesia." Seminar presentation at the NEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, Columbia University, New York, November 11, 2011.

Udoh, I., & Workman, M. (2020). Assessing Shared Social, Economic, and Environmental Issues in the United States and Nigeria Through Virtual Exchange. Virtual presentation at the International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC): Towards Digital Equity in Internationalization, Newcastle University, UK, September 14-16, 2020.

Leon, R., Joppie, A., Udoh, I., & Workman, M., Olivier, J., & Pearl, M. (2020). Expanding access to international learning through virtual exchange. Remote presentation at the 2020 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin, Aug. 3-7, 2020.

Banas, J., York, C., & Udoh, I. (2020). Lessons from a transitional learning experience: US and Liberian Students reading about and discussing health disparities. Presentation at the annual E-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies Conference, Rhodes, Greece (Conference Cancelled), April 2020.

Udoh, I.A. (2019). The Public Health Impact of Oil Pollution in Nigeria. Presentation at the Twelfth Global Studies Conference, Jaggiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 27-28 June, 2019

Udoh, I.A. (2017). Oil Production and Other Ecological Determinants of HIV/AIDS Risk in Nigeria. Presentation at the International Conference on Clinical & Pharmaceutical Microbiology October 18-20, 2017, Rome, Italy

Udoh, I.A. (2016). Assessing the Effectiveness of the Niger Delta Amnesty Program as a Peace and
Development Strategy in Nigeria. An Address to the 6th Plenary Session of the 2016 International Peace Research Association Conference, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 27 – December 1, 2016.

Udoh, I.A. (2016). Assessment of the Sources of Violent Conflicts and Strategies for Peacebuilding in
Nigeria’s Niger Delta. Presentation at the 26th IPRA General Conference On AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk, and Sustainable Development Debate. University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 27 – December 1, 2016.

Udoh, I. A. (2011). Oil, Environment and health: A review of the 2011 UNEP report on pollution in
the Niger Delta. A Workshop for 15 host communities to oil production and executives of oil multinationals in the Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, December 19 -20, 2011.

Udoh, I. A. (2011). Oil exploration and health: Analysis of Responses to pollution in Ecuador,
Nigeria, and Indonesia. Seminar presentation at the NEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, Columbia University, New York, November 11, 2011.

Udoh, I. A. (2011). A comparative analysis of pollution and occupational health in Africa and South  
America. A workshop presented to graduate students in the socio-medical sciences track, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, November 10, 2011.

Udoh, I. A. (2010). The status of the federal amnesty program: A review of youth development
programming in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Paper presented at Brown University’s 2010 Achebe Colloquium, Providence, Rhode Island, December 3 – 4, 2010.

Udoh, I A (2009). Integrating of HIV prevention within poverty reduction and human rights: A
model of health promotion in Nigeria. Grand Rounds, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, June 25, 2009.

Udoh, I A, Mantell, J E Sandfort T (2008). A political economy of HIV transmission in the Niger Delta
of Nigeria: Conflict, Poverty, migration and commercial sex work. Poster presented at the International AIDS Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, August 3-9, 2008.


Affiliated Faculty, Health Communication M.A. Program, DePaul University, 2014-2015

Affiliated Faculty, Master of Public Health Program and Department of Environmental Science, DePaul University, 2014 -

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