Dr. Olabanji Akinola

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Law and Politics, Algoma University, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada.


Welcome and thanks for visiting my website where you can find details of my teaching, research, publications, and presentations, among other details about me. As a way of introduction, I am Dr. Olabanji Akinola, an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Law and Politics at Algoma University. I hold an interdisciplinary Doctorate (Ph.D., 2017) in Political Science and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I also hold a Master of Arts (M.A., 2011) degree in Political Science  and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph; a Master of Arts (M.A., 2010) in International Studies (Political Science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons., 2007) degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I have studied as a graduate exchange student at the Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (Fall 2009). I am a Founding Member and Fellow of the Centre for Social Protection and Policy Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, and an External Fellow at the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

My areas of teaching expertise are mainly in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Global Development, and my research interests revolve around issues relating to the political economy of development, social protection governance, and (im)migration, settlement, and integration. With more than twenty (20) single and co-authored publications in the past five years, I have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to knowledge in my areas of research. These include publishing peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles, policy briefs, book reviews, essays, and I also feature occasionally in the media. Combined, my conceptual map of the academic profession as a knowledge entity and my understanding of my place within it as a teacher and scholar serve as inspirations that shape my inclusive approach to teaching, research, and service, inside and outside the classroom.

Additional details about my professional activities can be found on this website, and should you have any question(s), kindly contact me using the contact page of the website.