|Peter P. Ekeh came
to the University of Buffalo’s African American Studies as Professor in 1989. He was Chair
of this department from 1993 to 2001. Before coming to Buffalo, Dr.
Ekeh taught at the University of California, Riverside (1970-73); Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria, in northern Nigeria (1973-74); and at the University of
Ibadan, Nigeria (1974-1989). He was Chair of the Department of Political
Science at the University of Ibadan (1978-1983) and Chairman of the Ibadan University Press (1983-1988).
Peter Ekeh received his undergraduate
education at the University of Ibadan (1961-64) and his graduate degrees in sociology from StanfordUniversity (1965-66) and University of California, Berkeley (1966-70). Dr. Ekeh’s early research interest was in sociological
theory, in which he published Social Exchange Theory: The Two Traditions (1974), and in psychoanalytic
theory. He has since developed special interests in African politics
and history, in which he has some leading publications. Dr. Ekeh’s article
“Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical
Statement” (1975) is one of the most cited publications in the field of
African studies, inside and outside Africa. Peter Ekeh’s
publications span several fields and have been particularly influential
in African studies.
Peter Ekeh has held several
fellowships in Europe, United States, and Japan. He was a Fellow of the WoodrowWilsonCenter for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1988-89).
Dr. Ekeh has received various research and scholarship awards in Nigeria and the United States. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar for his graduate
studies. He has received and supervised research grants from Rockefeller
Foundation, Ford Foundation, and United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Peter Ekeh is the founder of
Urhobo Historical Society whose influential web site URHOBO WAADO he edits. He was also
founder of Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue. He is active in the campaign
for the protection of the endangered environment of Nigeria’s Niger delta.
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1970
- M.A.,StanfordUniversity, Palo Alto,
- B.Sc. (Econs.),University of London (at UniversityCollege, Ibadan) 1964.
- Ancient African Civilizations(At UB)
- Africa and the Slave Trade(At UB)
- Sociological Theory (UC.,Riverside)
- Social Exchange Theory (UC, Riverside)
and the Social Sciences. (UC, Riverside)
- Political Sociology (University of Ibadan)
- Comparative Politics (University of Ibadan)
- A Survey of African Studies
- Current African Nations (At
- Colonialism in Africa (At UB)
- Political Sociology of Africa (At UB)
African Civilizations. (At UB)
- Political Socialization and
Personality (UC, Riverside)
- Social Psychology (UC, Riverside)
- PoliticalSociology. (UC, Riverside)
- Introduction to Politics (University of Ibadan)
- Political Socialization (University of Ibadan)
Politics. (University of Ibadan)
FIVE SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Ekeh, Peter P. (1974) Social
Exchange Theory: The Two Traditions. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Ekeh, Peter P. (1975) "Colonialism
and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement." Comparative Studies in Society
and History, 17:91-112.
Ekeh, Peter P.
(1976) "Benin and Thebes: Elementary Forms of Civilization." Pp. 65-93 in Werner
Muensterberger, Aaron H. Esman and L. Bryce Boyer, eds., The Psychoanalytic
Study of Society. Vol. VII. New Haven
and London: YaleUniv. Press.
Ekeh, Peter P.
(1983) Colonialism and Social Structure. An Inaugural Lecture. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press.
Ekeh, Peter P. and Eghosa Osaghae, eds., (1989) Federal Character and Federalism
in Nigeria. Ibadan: Heinemann
Ekeh, Peter P.
(1990) "Social Anthropology and Two Contrasting Uses of Tribalism in Africa." Comparative
Studies in Society and History, 32(4): 660-700.