Oluwakemi Amodu

Junior Affiliate (PhD)

Amodu’s previous work and current training in the doctoral program has centered on policy-relevant research with network building with junior and senior scholars working on social issues related to displacement and immigration as offshoots of terrorism. Her Masters thesis demonstrated that Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria is a major factor that has extended the gap between women in northern Nigeria and the care and human rights protection they need. Although the Nigerian constitution supposedly provides a foundation of social justice and equity to eliminate maternal morbidities, activists and political observers alike have questioned the Nigerian constitution’s commitment to social justice for women in Northern Nigeria. Amodu’s PhD dissertation topic exemplifies the TSAS partnership commitment to understanding the societal contexts in which issues of radicalism and securitization operate. She aims to explore how legislative responses to terrorism in Nigeria, ongoing Islamic radicalism in the north and social inequalities intersect to impact forcibly displaced women’s wellbeing. Through this work, she hopes to advocate for improved access to reproductive healthcare and human rights protection for women displaced by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Olumakemi’s research will employ critical approaches with ethnography methods involving community grounded work to explore women’s experiences of terrorism and displacement with respect to the post-conflict reconstruction of reproductive rights access and enablement of women’s active participation in the conflict mediation processes. Her longer range career plan is to become a professor in a university and to specialize in global health research with expertise in terrorism, displacement, and women’s health.

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