Chuka Onwumechili, Ph.D.

Chair | Strategic, Legal and Management Communication Department

Dr. Chuka Onwumechili is a Professor of Communications in the Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) Department. Dr. Onwumechili joined Howard University, full time, in 2009 and served as Interim Dean of the School of Communications. Prior to his appointment at Howard, he served as Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) in Abuja, Nigeria and Chair of the Department of Communications at Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland.

Along with his role as Department Chair, Dr. Onwumechili is Editor-In-Chief of The Howard Journal of Communications, a position he assumed in September 2014.

He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited ten books which include Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Community and Clubs; Re-Imagining Development Communication; Reform, Organizational Players, and Technological Developments in African Telecommunications: An Update; and African Democratization and Military Coups. He has also published in peer reviewed academic journals and numerous book chapters.

Dr. Onwumechili’s research areas are varied but currently focus on football and communication, particularly as it intersects with the African continent.

Dr. Onwumechili earned his doctoral degree in Human Communication Studies from Howard University. His other degrees include a Baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Nigeria and a Master of Science in Advertising from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Selected Publications:

Onwumechili, C. (2018). Sport communication: An international perspective. NY: Routledge.

Onwumechili, C. & Bedeau, K. (2016). An analysis of FIFA’s attempt at image repair. Communication & Sport, 5(4), 407-427. doi:10.1177/2167479516633843

Onwumechili, C. (2011). Urbanization and women football in Nigeria: History and struggle in ‘a man’s game.’ The International Journal of the History of Sport, 28(15), 2206-2219. doi:10.1080/09523367.2011.622117

Onwumechili, C. (2009). Nigeria, football, and the return of Lord Lugard. International Journal of Sport Communication, 2(4), 451-465. doi:10.1123/ijsc.2.4.451

Onwumechili, C., Nwosu, P., Jackson II, R., & James-Hughes, J. (2003). In the deep valley with mountains to climb: Exploring identity and multiple reacculturation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 27(1), 41-62. doi:10.1016/S0147-1767(02)00063-9

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