Ndubueze L. Mbah


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Ndubueze L. Mbah


Ndubueze L. Mbah



African History; The Atlantic World; History of Slavery and Emancipation; Gender and Sexuality; Social and Cultural History

Contact Information

564 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8415


How did Atlantic slavery and European imperialism define West African gender and sexual identities, and transform power relations between men and women?


  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2013
  • BA, University of Nigeria, 2007


  • Emergent Masculinities: Gendered Power and Social Change in the Biafran Atlantic Age (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2019)
    • Winner, ASWAD “2020 Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Book Prize for Outstanding Original Scholarship on Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora.”
    • Finalist, ASWAD “2020 First Book Prize.”
    • Finalist, African Studies Association “2020 Best Book Prize.”

Selected Publications

  • “Gender and Sexuality in Nigeria,” in The Routledge Handbook of Nigerian History, ed. Saheed Aderinto (NY: Routledge, Forthcoming).
  • "African Masculinities," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (Spring 2019)​
  • "Matriliny, Masculinity, and Contested Gendered Definitions of Ethnic Identity and Power in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Nigeria," in Gendering Ethnicity in African Women’s Lives, ed. J. B. Shetler (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), 233-264.
  • “Performing Ogaranya: Kalu Ezelu Uwaoa, Male Slavery, and Freedom Politics in Southeastern Nigeria, c.1860-1940” – Journal of West African History, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2017) 

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • 2019-2020: American Council of Learned Societies Centennial Fellowship in the Dynamics of Place
  • 2019: SUNY OVPRED/HI Research Fellowship, SUNY-Buffalo
  • 2017-2018: History Department Faculty Research Grant, SUNY-Buffalo
  • 2016: ​Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship
  • 2015: The Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant