Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
Ph.D., Culture and Performance, UCLA; B.Arch., Architecture, University of Houston
Areas of Interest: Global Pentecostalism, African Christianity, Space and Place
Course(s) Taught: Social Foundations III
- Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship 2011-2014
- Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division 2010-2011
- International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) 2009
Teaching Statement: My teaching is guided by the principle that creativity results from the ability to recognize connections between otherwise disparate phenomena and to synthesize new ideas from the resulting cognitive map. I therefore view helping my students to make these crucial connections as my primary pedagogical task, and I do so in three distinct ways. First, I help them bridge the temporal and geographic distance between our classroom and the spaces of the societies they study. Secondly, I connect my students with the ongoing debates in their areas of interest so that they can understand their role as intellectuals or professionals. Thirdly, I encourage my students to build bridges beyond their chosen disciplines in ways that enhance their ideas. I illustrate how scholarly works can be put into conversation with one another across fields to elucidate the same topic. I therefore encourage my students to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions in their own work.
- Osinulu, Adedamola. “The Road to Redemption: Performing Pentecostal Citizenship in Lagos.” The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging. Africa Connects. Ed. Mamadou Diouf and Rosalind Fredericks. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Osinulu, Damola. “Painters, Blacksmiths and Wordsmiths: Building Molues in Lagos.” African Arts 41 (2008): 44–53.