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Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Associate Professor
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  • Affiliated Departments: African Studies, IRES
  • Interests: Globalization, Nationalism, Culture, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, Embodiment, Africana Studies
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Balogun received her B.A. in Sociology from Pomona College in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California Berkeley in 2012. She joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2013. Her research focuses on gender, globalization, nationalism, race/ethnicity, and migration. She has published articles in outlets such as Ethnicities and Gender & Society. She is currently working on a book that examines the Nigerian beauty pageant industry in order to document the country’s transition from post-independence to an emerging nation.

Research Interests

  • Globalization
  • Nationalism
  • Culture
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Embodiment
  • Africana Studies

Teaching Areas

  • gender and feminist theory
  • bodies and embodiment
  • globalization
  • cultural sociology
  • qualitative methods



  • Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation, Stanford University Press, 2020.

Edited Volume

  • Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent, Ohio University Press, 2019. (co-edited with Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu).

Journal Articles

  • (2019) "Beauty and the Bikini: Embodied Respectablity in Nigerian Beauty Pageants" African Studies Review 62(2): 80-102.
  • (2018) "The Political Economy of Embodiment: Globally Staged Bodies in Nigerian Beauty Pageants and Vietnamese Sex Work" Sociological Perspectives 61(6): 953-972. (equal co-author with Kimberly Hoang)
  • (2012) “Cultural and Cosmopolitan: Idealized Femininity and Embodied Nationalism in Nigerian Beauty Pageants.” Gender & Society 26(3): 357-381.
  • (2011) “No Necessary Tradeoff: Context, Life Course and Social Networks in Second-Generation Nigerian Immigrant Identity Formation in the USA.” Ethnicities 11(4): 436-466.

Book Chapters

  • (2017) “Gendering Sexuality” (equal co-authorship with Kimberly Hoang) in The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique, edited by Jennifer Carlson, Abigail Andrews and Raka Ray, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • (2013) “Refashioning Global Bodies: Embodiment in Nigerian Beauty Pageants and the Vietnamese Sex Industry,” (equal co-author with Kimberly Hoang) in Global Beauty, Local Bodies edited by Erynn Masi de Casanova and Afshan Jafar, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.