Jacinta Chiamaka Nwaka

Jacinta Chiamaka Nwaka holds a PhD in history from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She teaches Nigerian and African history in the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Benin in Nigeria. Her research focuses on social and religious history with a special interest in the history of religious conflict, gender and peace studies, and conflict management in Nigeria and Africa more broadly. She has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters on religion, conflict, and conflict management in Nigeria and Africa. Dr. Nwaka has won a number of fellowships and prominent awards, including: the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE)/IDRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012. She has participated in a number of workshops and discourses, including: the Eight Berlin Round Table; Workshop on Methodology of Peace Research, Addis Ababa, 2010; CODESRIA Methodological Workshops; ACLS Manuscript Development Workshop, Kampala, 2015; and a host of others. Dr. Nwaka is also a trained mediator and a member of the FemWise-Africa (Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation) of the African Union’s Peace and Security Department. She is a 2016 recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network’s Individual Research Grant.

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