Edward Lama Wonkeryor, author, professor and administrator

Edward Lama Wonkeryor is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cuttington University, Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia, where he has also served as professor of Mass Communication, Liberian and Africana Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was an assistant professor in Temple's Department of African American Studies from 2003 to 2013. He earned his M.M.C. (Master of Mass Communication) in 1980 from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and his B.A. in Communications in 1978 from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He completed the first two years of his undergraduate study at Moscow State University in the former U.S.S.R. from 1974 to 1975. He also attended the Annenberg School of Communications, at the University of Pennsylvania, as a special student from 1987 to 1988.

Notable among E. Lama Wonkeryor’s other employment are positions he held in Liberia and the United States. In Liberia, he was public relations officer and staff writer for the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company and the radio manager of the government-owned Liberian Broadcasting System in the 1980’s. From 2000 to 2003, he was project coordinator for the Underground Railroad Project at the New Jersey Historical Commission in the New Jersey Department of State.

Dr. Wonkeryor has authored seven books, book chapters and occasional papers on the African military, ethnicity, political communication, broadcasting, development and democracy, and many articles and dictionary entries on the evolving democracy in Africa, the resistance activities of Africans on the continent and in the United States, and race and ethnicity in Liberia.

His research interests are in African political history, peace and conflict resolution, military, democratic governance, security and globalization, 19th and 20th century African American history, mass communication, and race and ethnic relations. The three books are the following titles: Liberia Military Dictatorship: A Fiasco Revolution; The Effects of United States' Political Communication and the Liberian Experience 1960-1990; On Afrocentricity, Intercultural Communication and Racism. He co-authored these titles: American Democracy in Africa in the 21st Century?; New Jersey's Underground Railroad Heritage. 'Steal Away, Steal Away' A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. Wonkeryor also wrote the chapter "The Dynamics of Afrocentricity in Intercultural Communication," in Molefi Kete Asante and Afrocentricity: In Praise and in Criticism. His has numerous articles published in journals and newspapers, including The New Jersey Encyclopedia, The Liberian Studies Journal, The Philadelphia Daily News, and The Daily Observer, among others. His forthcoming titles are Globalization and its Implications for Africa; African Colonization Movement: From the United States to Liberia. As a presenter-participant, he has produced works for meetings and proceedings. His most recent title is the occasional paper African Immigrants in a Diverse United States (2013). His forthcoming book, as editor and contributor, is Globalization and its Implications for Africa (summer 2014).




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