Olufemi Taiwo

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Africana Studies and Research Center

Cornell University

Olufemi Taiwo is a professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. He was a professor of philosophy and director of the Global African Studies Program at Seattle University in Washington. Professor Taiwo holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. His book, "How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa" (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010) was a joint winner of the Frantz Fanon Book Award of the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2015. 

He teaches undergraduate courses ranging from introduction to African Philosophy to Perspectives on Aid and Africa, Critical Race Theory, the Arab-African Spring, Introduction to Africana Studies and Freshman Seminar on Culture, Society and Globalization. His graduate courses include classes in African Political Thought, Major Figures in Global African Intellectual History, e.g., Du Bois, Rodney, Senghor, Ransome-Kuti, Horton, Nkrumah, etc.), African Philosophy, Modernity and Colonialism, Liberalism and Empire, and Politics of the Judiciary in Africa.

Professor Taiwo's research is ongoing and can be categorized under three headings: Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, and  African Philosophy.

His works have been translated into French, German, Italian and Chinese.