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Oluwakemi "Kemi" Balogun

Associate Professor
Director of African Studies
African Studies, Black Studies, IRES, Sociology, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 541-346-0558
Office: 311 Hendricks Hall
Office Hours: Winter 23, Monday noon-1:00 p.m., Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m. and by appointment on zoom
Research Interests: Globalization, Nationalism, Culture, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, Embodiment, Africana Studies


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 African Studies Review, Ethnicities and Gender & Society. 

Research Interests

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



  • 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.