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Research Project

The Power of Women in Eastern Nigeria

2023 – 2024
Omu Martha Dunkwu

Omu Martha Dunkwu

Key Question

Project Summary

The rise of the nation-state is often associated with the creation of gender hierarchies. Yet in eastern Nigeria it led women to forge a parallel set of political institutions to counterbalance the increased power of men. This project will deepen our understanding of the roots of “dual sex” political institutions in eastern Nigeria, which the team contends are unique in world history.

Research Team

James A. Robinson

James A. Robinson

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and Director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

University of Chicago

James A. Robinson has conducted influential research in the field of political and economic development and the relationships between political power and institutions and prosperity. His work explores the underlying causes of economic and political divergence both historically and today and uses...

Maria Angélica Bautista

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Maria Angélica Bautista

Senior Research Associate, Harris School of Public Policy

University of Chicago

Maria Angélica Bautista is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on the political, economic, and social consequences of state-led repression. Her PhD dissertation studied the case of military dictatorship in Chile based on a...

Sara Lowes

Sara Lowes

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

Sara Lowes’s research interests are at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and economic history. Lowes graduated from Harvard University in May 2017 with a PhD from the Political Economy and Government program (Economics track). Prior to joining the faculty at the...

Chima J. Korieh

Chima J. Korieh

Associate Professor of History

Marquette University

Chima J. Korieh specializes in West African social and economic history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, gender relations, and comparative slavery. He is the director of the Biafra War Oral History/Genocide Project and editor of two journals: Igbo Studies Review and...

Andrea Velasquez

Andrea Velasquez

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Colorado, Denver

Andrea Velasquez's research interests lie at the intersection of development, labor, and population economics, with a special interest in the topics of data quality, conflict, and migration.

Francis Njoku

Francis Njoku

Associate Professor of Philosophy

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Francis Njoku is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His research is focused on political conditions in Nigeria.

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