The President - Professor Edward Lama Wonkeryor, Ph.D.

Edward Lama Wonkeryor is president for William V. S. Tubman University beginning July 1, 2016. Dr. Wonkeryor served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of Media and Communication and African Studies at Cuttington University. He also taught courses in African/African American Studies and Mass Communication at Temple University from 2003 to 2013. His research interests are: African political history, African American history, mass communication, race and ethnic relations, security studies, military studies, peace and conflict resolution, globalization, and democratic governance.

He obtained his B.A. in Communications from Rowan University in 1978, M.M.C. (Master of Mass Communication) from the University of South Carolina in 1980, and Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Temple University in 1995. A scholar, an educator, and a civil servant, Wonkeryor’s career has combined academia with service in Liberia and in the United States.

Dr. Wonkeryor commenced his career as program analyst (Radio/TV) at the Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS) in 1980. He was promoted to the position of radio manager of LBS (1980-82), and next appointed as public relations officer for the Liberian Petroleum Company (1982-83).  As the Samuel Kanyon Doe military dictatorship unleashed ethnic cleansing in Nimba County, Wonkeryor sought security, freedom, and education in the United States.

After he earned his Ph.D. from Temple University, Wonkeryor worked for the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Department of State, as a project coordinator for the New Jersey Underground Railroad Project (2000-2003). He coordinated and researched the operation of the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. He also wrote reports for submission to the New Jersey State Assembly, and contributed to publications associated with the project. He worked with the U.S. Census Bureau—Eastern Region—for a short time as an enumerator.

While in the United States Wonkeryor’s activities included academic affiliations with several associations, including the National Broadcasters’ Association, Liberian Studies Association, Association of Third World Studies, Inc., and African Studies and Research Forum, among others. He also served as president of the Liberian Studies Association (2010-2011).

Scholarly, Wonkeryor has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 10 books and many peer-reviewed articles. His recent publications include African Immigrants in a Diverse United States (2013), Dimensions of Racism in Advertising: From Slavery to the Twenty-First Century (2015), and Globalization and Its Implications for Africa (2016).

Dr. Wonkeryor has presented papers at national and international conferences. As an invited speaker, Wonkeryor presented papers on diverse topics at Princeton University (2010), George Mason University’s Mercatus Center (2006), Oxford University – Oxford Round Table Forum (2006), Cornell University (2012), Yale University (2009), and the University of Liberia (2009), among others. Wonkeryor is a member of the Oxford Round Table Forum, Pembroke College in the University of Oxford, England.

He is married to Cynthia Zigbuo Wonkeryor and they have three children and three grand-children.


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