Dr. Nkiru Nzegwu, philosopher, art historian and the current chair of Africana Studies Department has taught for over ten years at State University of New York at Binghamton. Professor Nkiru Nzegwu introduced first-ever courses at Binghamton University such as Philosophy of Orisha Worship, Hip-Hop I and Hip-Hop II. Among Dr. Nzegwu's areas of expertise are African aesthetics, philosophy, African feminist issues, multicultural studies in art, and digital publishing. She had managed Onira Arts Africa gallery in Ottawa, Canada, and had been a producer for a very popular radio program, Voice of Nigeria.
She has received numerous major research fellowships and grant including the Senior Humanities Fellowship of the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa at UCLA; The Getty Senior Research Grant; the Cornell University Society For The Humanities Fellowship; SUNY Research Foundation Fellowship and Project Grant; the Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship; University of Ottawa Merit Graduate Scholarship, and the Nigerian Federal Government Scholarship.
She is author of Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006), and the editor of both Contemporary Textures: Multidimensionality in Nigerian Art, (Binghamton: ISSA, 1999) and Issues in Contemporary African Art, (Binghamton: International Society for the Study of Africa [ISSA], 1998); editor-in-chief of Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World, editor of award-winning publications, West Africa Review, and JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, as well as author of numerous articles in academic journals and books. Nkiru was one of the executive producers of Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits (1996), the Emmy award winning Smithsonian documentary. She is a member of a number of professional organizations. Nkiru Nzegwu often gives talks and workshops on gender issues, art and on publishing. She is on the board of International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publishing [ICAAP].