Achebe_Nwando_HST.jpgNwando Achebe

Faculty Excellence Advocate

The Jack and Margaret Sweet
Endowed Professor, History 


Nwando Achebe (pronounced: Wan-do Ah-chě-bě; [pronunciation key: ě as in pet]) is an award-winning author and the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History, published by Michigan State University Press; member of the African Studies Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors, and past co-convener of ASA’s Women’s Caucus.

Dr. Achebe received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at The Institute of African Studies and History Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She was also a 2000 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellow. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria.

An acclaimed author, Dr. Achebe’s first book, Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960, was published by Heinemann. Her second book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (Indiana University Press), won three book awards. Her work has been supported through prestigious grants from highly respected foundations such as Rockefeller and Ford as well as the World Health Organization and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has served as expert consultant for The History Channel/A&E Network Corporation’s “Roots,” the miniseries remake, and she has been featured in numerous documentaries, news programs, and podcasts throughout the world.

In her role as Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA), Dr. Achebe works with faculty, department chairs, and the Dean’s Office, to create a climate of, and meet its goals for, quality, inclusiveness, alignment, objectivity, consistency, and transparency of all academic human resource policies and practices (particularly faculty recruitment, retention and advancement) in the College of Social Science.