Uchenna Onuzulike, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer


Uchenna Onuzulike (Ph.D., Howard University, 2014, Intercultural Communication/Media Studies) is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Strategic of Legal, & Management Communication (SLMC) at Howard University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Intercultural & International Communication, Persuasion, and more. His research foci lie in (critical) intercultural communication, media literacy, ethnic and diasporic identities, transnational media and globalization; interrelationships of religion, culture, folk belief, and language; and Nollywood/film analysis and criticism.

He is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD) at James Madison University. In 2013-14, he was a Doctoral Fellow, through the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program in the same department, where he served as a Diversity Committee Member. He teaches Mediated Communication: Media Literacy and he will be teaching Special Topics in Film Study: African Cinema & Nollywood in the Spring of 2017 for the English Department.

His 2014 dissertation, Ethnic and Transnational Identities in the Diaspora: A Phenomenological Study of Second-Generation Igbo-American Young Adults, won the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the National Communication Association’s African American Communication and Culture Division and the Black Caucus. Also he was selected as one of Quinsigamond Community College’s 50 Distinguished Alumni “Guardian Protectors” for the College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2014.

He has a number of publications including peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. These appeared in journals such as Explorations in Media Ecology; the International Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies; Black Camera: A Micro Journal of Black Film Studies; the Journal of African Media Studies; African Identities; and the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies. He has presented approximately fifty papers at professional meetings and conferences.

He is serving on the editorial boards of two journals, the Journal of Social Media Studies and the Journal of Eurasian Film Studies. He has served as an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for the Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives, the Howard Journal of Communications, the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, SAGE Open, the Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, and more. Also he served as contributing columnist for The Hilltop: The Student Voice of Howard University, 2011.

Dr. Onuzulike holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Howard University, an M.S. in Professional Communication from Clark University, a B.A. in Communication, with an emphasis on film and electronic media from Worcester State University, and an A.S.S. in Telecommunications Technology from Quinsigamond Community College.

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