Professor Sheriff F. Folarin
Professor and Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations
B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D
Nigerian Foreign Policy, African Politics, American and European Diplomacy, Health Diplomacy, Strategic and Conflict Studies, Democratic Governance, eGovernance
Awards & Honours
- Mentor, Research Fellows, Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2018
- Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Host-Scholar, 2014
- Classroom Beyond Borders Partners' Institute Fellowship, Ithaca College, New York (USA) (2011)
- US Public Affairs Section Study of the US Institute Fellowship (2007)
- US Commanding General's Award for Excellence, Fort Jackson, South Carolina (2007)
- Award for Outstanding Staff Adviser/Leader of Delegation (Nigeria UN Model Society) (2009)
- Best University Delegation Award (Nigerian Model UN Society Conference) (2008 and 2007)
- Lecturer of the Year Award (College of Development Studies) (2008)
- Lecturer of the Year Award (Covenant University Strategic Students Association) (2007)
- Lecturer of the Year Award (Covenant University Strategic Students Association) (2006)
- Covenant University Award for Outstanding Performance (Covenant University) (2005)
- Award for Excellence as Youth Corps Teacher/Game Master (Comprehensive High Sch., Aningeje, C'River State) (1998)
- Best Graduating Student in History Award (University of Ibadan) (1997)
- Oba Lipede Prize in History for Best Undergraduate (1994)
- Best Student of History and Government (Abadina College) (1989)
Foreign Policy, International and African Politics, International Institutions, and Diplomatic History
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Selected Publications (16)
2. 100 Years of Nationhood in Nigeria: Governance, Foreign Policy and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Paper: “Making Foreign Policy Intelligible: A Case for the Codification of Nigeria’s National Interest”, November 9-12, 2014.
3.International Business Information Management Conference (24th IBIMA), Milan, Italy. Paper: Nigeria and the BRICS: Regional Dynamics in Developing Economies’ Studies", November 6-7, 2014.
4.14th European Conference on E-Government, ECEG 2014, Brasov, Romania. Paper: “Challenges and Prospects of E-Elections in Nigeria”, June 12-13, 2014.
5. Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN, 11th National Conference on "Multiculturalism, Citizenship and National Integration", September 12-15, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
6.Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN) 10TH Anniversary Conference on Development, Environment and Climate Change: Challenges for Nigeria, September 12, 2011. Paper: “Interrogating Nigeria’s International Role Conceptions in an Age of Global Climate Change”
8. Society for Peace Studies and Policy, Conference on Democratization, March 29-April 2, 2010, Minna, Niger State. Paper Title: "Democratizing Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Process: Lessons from America’s Citizen Diplomacy"
9.Seminars on American Foreign Policy, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies (WIIAS), University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, June 9- July 22.
10. Kennesaw State University/University of Ibadan International Conference on Globalization, organized by Kennesaw State University, USA and University of Ibadan, Nigeria, November 2007. Paper Title:“Environment and the Economics of Nationalism: Oil and the Restless Run of Locusts in the Niger Delta”
11.IFES-Nigeria/UK-DfID Conference on 2007 Elections in Nigeria and the Way Forward, Abuja Sheraton Hotel, August 21- August 24, 2007
12.UK-DfID/ IFES-Nigeria Workshop on Changes Introduced by the Electoral Act 2006, organized Lagos, Monday October 9, 2006.
13. IFES-Nigeria Seminar on Money and Politics in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, June 1, 2006.
14. National Conference on Cost of Governance in Nigeria, A.A.U., Ekpoma, July 2005-Paper Title:“White Elephants”, Multinationals and Nigeria’s Stagnation: A Historical Enquiry.”
15. Covenant University International Conference on Human Development,
Covenant University, Ota, June 2005.
16. Electoral Geography Workshop (Southern Zone), Global Rights, Ibadan July 2005.
17. Electoral Geography in Nigeria (Southern Workshop) Electoral Reform Network/Global Rights, Ibadan, Nov. 2003.
18.American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN) Conference, Calabar, July, 2002.
19. State of the Arts Conference, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana, May 2002 – Paper Title: “American Political History in Nigerian Universities: Nature of its Teaching in the Post-Cold War era.”
20.Institute of Peace Conference on September 11 and the Future of Asia, IPIS, Tehran, Iran, March, 2002. Paper Title: “Impact of September 11 on Power and Stability in Asia in the 21st Century.”
21. Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) 45th National Congress, University of Uyo, November, 2000. Paper Tile: “Conjugal Dictatorship: Political Economy of Women Activism in Nigeria during the Babangida Years.”
22.University of Ibadan Post-Graduate Students Seminar Series, Tafawa Balewa Hall, October 2000-Paper Presentation “History and Social Consciousness”.
Summary of Profile
Professor Folarin has, for the past 18 years, from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), been a scholar, researcher, writer of international repute as well as a passionate teacher and mentor of students, commitments and passions that have earned him awards at home and abroad. His responsible approach to assignments has made him appointed, in the last twelve years, into numerous committees and positions in the institution, including founding and leading the University's Literary and Debating Society, chairing the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 11th National Conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN) in 2012 (the first time a private institution in Nigeria would be hosting the annual event), and serving between 2006 and 2012, as a member of the Covenant University Convocation Planning Committee.
Folarin has published in many reputable journals and contributed chapters in several highly referred books, including Marginality and Crisis: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary Africa (Lexington Books, USA) and Encountering the Nigerian State (Palgrave-Macmillan, USA). He has also co-edited books, including Readings in Peace and Conflict Studies, and solely edited the forthcoming title, Topics in World Politics. Folarin is a member of professional bodies and institutes related to his field. These include the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), International Political Science Association (IPSA), Classroom Beyond Borders International Partners Institute (Ithaca College, USA), Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and US State Alumni. Nationally,he had served as Southwest Coordinator of the All-Nigeria Universities Debating Council (ANUDC) from 2015-2017 and in 2017, got elected as the National Vice-President of the same organization.
A public-spirited intellectual and social commentator, he has been privileged to contribute on national and international issues on notable television and radio programmes, has published close to 400 newspaper articles, is a long-standing writer of the internationally acclaimed newspaper column, “Uncensored” and a pioneer Visiting Member of the Editorial Board of National Mirror newspapers.
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