Kelechi A. Kalu is Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. As Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, Kalu provides leadership to help facilitate international opportunities for Ohio State’s students, faculty and staff. He is responsible for overseeing the activities of study abroad, international student and scholar services, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and five area studies centers. Before coming to Ohio State, Kalu was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley and Adjunct Professor of African Politics and Political Economy at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.
Kalu’s recent publications include contributions in and co-editor of West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror, (Routledge Studies in U.S. Foreign Policy (UK: Routledge, 2013) and United States-Africa Security Relations: Terrorism, regional security and national interests (Routledge Studies in U.S. Foreign Policy (UK: Routledge, 2014) and has been published widely in the area of African politics and development. He is a member of several professional academic organizations and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of several scholarly journals and as an Associate Editor for African Social Science Review. He is a recipient of several academic and service awards and was honored with the 2009 Peace Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Peace and Conflict Studies in Africa by California State University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution.