NWANDO ACHEBE, the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Faculty Development, and Strategic Implementation is an accomplished equity minded and transformative change academic leader. She is a multi-award-winning scholar-advocate historian and teacher at Michigan State University.
Dr. Achebe is a 2022-23 ACE Fellow and a 2022 HERS Leadership Fellow. She is also co-director of the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation, co-CEO of Achebe Masterworks, LLC, editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History; Executive Board member of Association for the Study of the World Wide African Diaspora, past member of African Studies Association’s Board of Directors, and past co-convenor of ASA’s Women’s Caucus.
Achebe is the author of six books, and recipient of prestigious grants from Rockefeller Foundation, Wenner-Gren, Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright-Hays, Ford Foundation, World Health Organization, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
She has served as expert consultant for The History Channel’s “Roots,” miniseries; and has been featured in documentaries and news programing on three different continents including History Channel’s “Roots: A History Revealed,” and “Roots: A New Vision;” South Africa Broadcasting Corporation’s “MorningLive,” Nigerian Television Authority’s “15 Minutes Studio,” and BBC’s “Chinua Achebe: A Hero Returns,”Witness: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and The History Hour.