Dr. Kema Irogbe

Dr. Irogbe is a committed scholar with a desire to apply an innovative blend of academic and experiential learning approach including the use of modern technology that makes students knowledgeable and marketable.


Kema Irogbe holds a Ph.D. degree (1987) from Clark-Atlanta University in political science with concentration in public administration, international relations, and comparative politics.  In addition to post-doctoral studies at Oxford University (2011), Harvard University (1995) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990), he also holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree (1982) and Bachelor of Arts degree (1980) in political science from Jackson State University.

Dr. Irogbe, who is a tenured and full-professor at Claflin University, was honored by the university graduating class of 1997 as one of the Distinguished Faculty members.  He has taught at various institutions for the past 24 years in both graduate and undergraduate programs including Bridgewater State College and Curry College in Massachusetts, Georgia Southern University Graduate Program in Public Administration and as adjunct at South Carolina State University.  As professor of political science at Claflin University since 1991, he prepares and delivers lectures to students; compiles bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments; advises students on academic and vocational curricula; has served as adviser to students organization such as International Student Organization; directs senior theses for students; has served in a number of campus faculty committees including Student Disciplinary Committee (1992-1993), Financial Aid Committee (2003-2006), Long Range Planning Committee (1997-2001), Who’s Who Among Students Committee Chair (1996-2001), Academic Committee (1992-1994); provides professional consulting services to public and private organizations such as Educational Testing Service (Advanced Placement Reader); conducts research and publishes findings in reputable professional refereed journals; and writes grants to support his research efforts among other responsibilities.

The author of the books: The Effects of Globalization in Latin America, Africa, and Asia: A Global South Perspective (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014) and The Roots of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Apartheid South Africa, 1969-1985 (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997), Dr. Irogbe continues to actively pursue a research agenda that focuses on relevant topics on politics of the underdeveloped countries, particularly African countries. His works have appeared in refereed journals such as The Journal of Political Science, The International Third World Studies Journal and Review, The Journal African Policy Studies, The Journal of International Governmental Systems and Structures, and The Journal of Third World Studies.  He was also twice selected by C-Span in 1993 for the purpose of sharing ideas about C-Span’s academic applications relating to the classroom use of the network’s unique telecasts (copyrights, videotape editing and programming) and in 1996 to develop educational materials for use during the network’s 1997 Tocqueville Series.  He is a contributor in the edited work: The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour: Exploring Democracy in America edited by Stephen Frantzich, and a co-author of a module for C-Span that is on-line for high school and college classroom use: “Tocqueville and Multicultural Dimensions of Modern Democracy”.

Dr. Irogbe, 1996 Division of Social Sciences Faculty of the Year, is recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including ExxonMobil Faculty Fellowship Award (2004) to study in Hungary and the Czech Republic funded by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Henry C. McBay Faculty Research Fellowship Award of $10,000.00 (2001) funded by The College Fund/UNCF, University of Michigan Center for Russian and East European Studies Award for Post-Secondary Curriculum Development Program in Russian and East European Studies (2006), Research Affiliate Award of $1,500.00 by the University of Florida Center of African Studies (1993), UNCF/Prudential Faculty Development Retraining Award of $2,000.00 (1996), United Nations Association of the United States of America Grant Award of $2,000.00 to sponsor his students for Model United Nations in New York (1996), and served as a member of the Faculty Steering Committee (1992-1993) – recipient of The Bush Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Faculty  Planning Grant of $10,000.00 and $102,400.00 for the improvement of critical thinking and writing across the curriculum.  In addition, during his tenure as Director of Claflin University International Programs (1999-2004), he pioneered and directed the campus study abroad programs in England, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Northern Ireland, and Mexico; and he assisted students who received fellowships and scholarship grants of roughly $100,000.00 to study abroad.

Dr. Irogbe is a committed scholar with a desire to apply an innovative blend of academic and experiential learning approach including the use of modern technology that makes students knowledgeable and marketable.  He has a professional interest in conducting research to benefit humanity, particularly those students who may have a disadvantage due to economic and social status as well as inadequate preparation for college education, so that they can be challenged to seek for high academic performance, to participate in principled exchange of ideas, to think critically and to read and write effectively in order to ultimately enhance their access to the mainstream of society.  He regularly attends local, national, and international conferences (Dominican Republic in 2005 and Peru in 2007) to present his research findings.                        


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Clark-Atlanta University, Georgia.
  • M.P.P.A., Public Policy and Administration, Jackson State University.

Research Interests

  • Public Administration
  • International Relations/Globalization
  • African and African-American politics

Recent Publications


The Effects of Globalization in Latin America, Africa, and Asia: A Global South Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.

The Roots of United States Foreign Policy toward Apartheid South Africa, 1969-1985. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997.

Journal Articles

“The Persistence of Famine in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 2014.

“Global Political Economy and the Power of Multinational Corporations,” Journal of Third World Studies. Volume XXX, Number 2, Fall 2013: pp. 223-247.

Bretton Woods Twins and the Odious Debts of Poor Countries,” Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, Volume 2013, Number 2, October 2013, pp. 1-27.

Globalization and the World Trade Organization from the Perspective of the Underdeveloped World," Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Volume 38, Number 2, Summer 2013, pp. 174-202.

United States Occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq: A Hindrance to Combating Global Terrorism Terrorism,” Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, Vol. 2011, No. 2, August 2011, pp.1-29.

“Food Insecurity in Post-Independence Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes and Prospects,” The Journal of International Governmental Systems and Structure, Volume, No. 1, January-March 2010, pp.12-18.

“Globalization and the Development of Underdevelopment of the Third World,” Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXII, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp.41-68.

Transformation in South Africa: A Study of Education and Land,” International Third World Studies Journal and Review, Vol. XIV, 2003, pp. 11-28.

“Nigeria, Globalization and the Development of Underdevelopment of the Third World,” The Journal of African Policy Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 & 3, 2003, pp. 27-52.

Recent Presentations

“The Impact of Western Cultural Globalization,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies in Quito, Ecuador, November 22–24, 2015.

“Why Famine Persists in Sub-Saharan Africa,” presented at African Diaspora Symposium organized by the National Association of African-American Studies, at Claflin University, November 9-13, 2014.

“Global Reach: The Power of Multinational Corporations Revisited,” paper presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies at Berry College, Rome, Georgia, October 11-13, 2012.

Served as a panelist on the topic of “The Reception of Foreign-born Intellectuals at American Universities,” at the Tenth Claflin University Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions, at Claflin University, South Carolina, October 26-27, 2011.

“United States Occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq: A Hindrance to Combating Global Terrorism,” paper presented at the Oxford University Round Table Forum, Oxford University, England, U.K., March 27 – April 1, 2011.

Kema Irogbe
Dr. Kema Irogbe
Professor of Political Science
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