Ogechukwu Ezekwem Williams

Ogechukwu Ezekwem Williams, Ph.D.

Ogechukwu Ezekwem Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Humanities Center 232

Ogechukwu Ezekwem Williams

Ogechukwu Williams’ current research focuses on childbirth as a central site of medical, cultural, and imperial contestations in Nigeria's colonial and post-colonial era. Through a historical analysis of reproductive medicine, she highlights the importance of a plural medical structure that approaches healthcare through a cultural, religious, and biomedical lens. Her teaching and research interests include the history of medicine in Africa and the African diaspora, early and modern Africa, Africa and globalization, women's history, indigenous health systems, medicine and social justice, and wartime medicine. She is co-author of Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War.


2017 Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
2014 M.A. University of Texas at Austin
2010 B.A. University of Nigeria

Courses Taught

Critical Issues: Globalization and Leadership in Africa
Origins of Modern Africa
Global Perspectives on Medicine in Africa and the African Diaspora


Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War (edited with Toyin Falola) (Suffolk: James Currey, 2016)

Recent Articles

"A Blur between the Physical and the Spiritual: Birthing Practices among the Igbo of Nigeria in the Twentieth Century," in Childbirth and Spirituality in the Modern to Contemporary World: A Reader, edited by Marianne Delaporte and Morag Martin (Maryland: Lexington Books, forthcoming, 2018)

"Africa," Dictionary of American History Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to Present, edited by Edward J. Blum (Michigan: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016)

"Amazons, Dahomey Female Warriors," Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts, edited by Timothy Stapleton (California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016)

"Art, Parody, Politics, and the Production of dele jegede’s Intellectual Space," (with Ben Weiss and Daniel Jean-Jacques), Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, Vol. 9, Issue 1, February 16, 2015, 59-71

"Consequences of the First World War for Africa," (with Toyin Falola) in The World during the First World War, edited by Helmunt Bley and Anorthe Kremers (Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2014)


Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-in-Aid, 2015
Churchill Scholar, British Studies Program, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
Martin Luther King Jnr. Scholar, University of Nigeria, 2009