Friday, May 27 2022

WASHINGTON – The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership (CWGGL) to Howard University is delighted to welcome Anita Plummer, Ph.D., as the new Associate Director for Research and Faculty Engagement. The center supports faculty and graduate students engaged in innovative, interdisciplinary research on women, gender, and sexuality. In his role, Plummer will be responsible for implementing programs that will increase research productivity and faculty and student publications.

“I am delighted to see one of the four pillars of the center [faculty engagement] come to life thanks to this appointment. Plummer brings a strong record of feminist research and engagement to this position, having served on the organizing team for past programming of International Women’s Day events at Howard University, and having served as co-host of the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies. association,” said Jarpa Dawuni, Ph.D.founding director of the center.

“I am excited to launch a research incubator that will support research projects in the early stages of development so that the women’s center can become a center of excellence on issues related to black feminist studies, gender and sexuality. says Plummer.

As part of her portfolio, Plummer will work with faculty to expand the existing CWGGL curriculum Interdisciplinary collaborative networks (ICN) and to foster research collaboration between professors and professor-students based on the five main themes of the CWGGL. These faculty-led networks foster collaboration and scholarship on a range of gender-related issues across different disciplines. In the summer of 2022, the center will fund the first round of its Faculty Summer Fellowship.

Plummer is Assistant Professor of African Studies at Howard University. His research and teaching focus on African political economy, emerging markets, transnationalism, and China-Africa relations. Prior to joining the faculty at Howard University, she taught international studies at Spelman College in Atlanta and was also a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cultures in Transnational Perspective program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies and political science at the University of California. Los Angeles. She received a Carter G. Woodson Center Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. She got her doctorate. in African Studies from Howard University. Her current book project, “Kenya’s Engagement with China: Discourse, Power and Agency” (University of Michigan Press) focuses on grassroots perspectives and responses to China’s increased political and economic interventions in Africa. Plummer has conducted research in China, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique and Senegal.

To learn more about the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership, click here.

To find out more about Interdisciplinary Collaborative Networks (ICNs) and to create or join one, click on here.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

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