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A Bit About Me

My name, Chinyere [CHEEN-yair-ay] means "God gave" in the Igbo language. I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who calls Chicago and Owerri home.

I have written about Black people around the world understand their interactions with racial and ethnic others. This includes everything from interracial marriage in the USA and Brazil, understanding the movement for immigrant rights, and Africans in the nursing profession.

I have given talks about interracial marriage and dating. I have also given keynotes about navigating life as a Black person in academia.

I am a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Maryland-College Park in African American Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University–Camden in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.

PhD Sociology. UCLA

MA Sociology. Harvard

BA Sociology and Spanish. UIUC

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Talks and Media

I am available for speaking engagements, keynotes, and lectures. Below are some of my previous speaking engagements.


Please hit the contact button at the top to arrange a talk or appearance at your institution.


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Talks, Interviews, and Podcasts

Beyond the Mill
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