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A Bit About Me

My name, Chinyere [CHEEN-yair-ay] means "God gave" in the Igbo language. I grew up in Chicago in a large Nigerian/Igbo-American family and community. I love Giordano's Pizza, Korean dramas, and akara/acarajé.

I write about how Black people around the world understand their interactions with racial and ethnic others. This includes Korean drama fandom, African immigrants in US nursing, interracial marriage in Brazil and the USA, and the immigrant rights movement. 

I have given talks and keynotes about interracial marriage, life as a Black academic, and anti-blackness in Korean media.

I am an Associate Professor in African American Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park.

PhD Sociology. UCLA

MA Sociology. Harvard University

BA Sociology and Spanish. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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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