Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon
Ọbádélé Kambon, PhD attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on a full academic scholarship where he majored in African American Studies. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse, he went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW-Madison, Ọbádélé focused on Historical and Comparative Linguistics and within three years completed two Master's Degrees; one in African Languages and Literature and one in Linguistics. Ọbádélé completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012 earning the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Best PhD Thesis in the Humanities for his thesis entitled “Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan.” He is now a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies and was the 2014-2015 coordinator of the revamped IAS Thursday Seminar Series and Editor of the IAS Newsletter. He is currently the coordinator of the UGRC African Language Program (2nd Semester) and the coordinator of the new graduate African Thinkers/African Thought program in which he teaches the core course Foundations of African Thought. Ọbádélé is Editor-in-Chief of Ghana Journal of Linguistics and a member of the Linguistics Association of Ghana. He is also a member and Acting Secretary of the African Studies Association of Africa. In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Provost's Award for Best Publication in the Humanities for his 2015 article entitled “Theory of Endogenous and Exogenous Motivation in L2 Migration,” published in South Africa’s Per Linguam journal. As of 2016, he also coordinates the IAS Mdw Ntr Study Group, the IAS Thursday Evening Film Series and the Annual IAS Black History Month Film Festival. He was also instrumental in the historic restoration of Ghanaian citizenship for 34 Africans of the Diaspora in December of 2016.