Chinaza Okonkwo

Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo

I knew when I began my undergraduate journey at Penn that I wanted to participate in research. However, I wasn't sure what humanities research looked like coming from a high school where anyone who even did research, did science-based work. Throughout my time at Penn, I have had the opportunity to work with multiple professors and Ph.D. students in the Penn Museum, Political Science department, School of Social Work and Policy, and the Graduate School of Education through PURM. I am now working on my own independent research project on Igbo philosophy and thought with the supervision and support of Professor Detlefsen in the Philosophy department. 

  • 2021 Beinecke Scholar
  • 2021 Nnamdi Azikiwe Prize
  • Andrea Mitchell Undergraduate Fellow
  • Wolf Humanities Undergraduate Fellow
  • Mellon Mays Research Fellow
  • Perry World House Student Fellow
  • Independent Researcher, Igbo Philosophy Project
  • PURM Award Recipient 
  • Research Assistant, Political Science Department 
  • Research Assistant, Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology
  • Research Assistant, School of Social Work and Policy 

Affinity groups: Black, FGLI, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Robeson Cooper Scholar

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