Russell Stevenson

Geographic Area:  Nigeria 

Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Nwando Achebe

Committee Members: Walter Hawthorne, Pero G. Dagbovie, and Peter M. Beattie 

Field of Research:

I study the construction of indigenous knowledge in post-independence Nigeria, paying particular attention to how Nigerian higher educational systems institutionalized and reshaped existing ways of conceptualizing local landscapes. Thus, I am an historian of ideas but also, I tether ideas to social and economic institutions; indigenous knowledge cannot be unmoored from land practices, great power politics, and local identities—thus making higher educational efforts the product of “glocal” identities and exchange. 

Awards Received
1. Fulbright-Hays DDRA Recipient (2019-2020)
2. Charles A. Gliozzo Scholarship (2018)
3. West Africa Research Association Dissertation Research Fellowship (2018)
4. Martin Luther King Endowed Scholarship for Community Service (2015)
5. Mormon History Association Best Book Award (2015)