Bekeh U. Ukelina

A historian of development, Bekeh Utietiang Ukelina is an Assistant Professor of African History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, south of the Sahara. He focuses on key questions such as: why is Africa poor and underdeveloped despite the abundance of natural and human resources in the continent?  How does Africa’s history help us understand and explain its development crisis?

Dr. Ukelina writes and speaks passionately about African development because his research addresses real and practical problems that over a billion people face in Africa. His most recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria was published by Lexington Books in August of 2017.

Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Assistant Professor

    SUNY Cortland

  • 20172014


    Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling

  • 20142012


    West Virginia University, Morgantown

  • 20142009


    West Virginia University at Parkersburg


  • Ph.D. 2014

    Ph.D. in History

    West Virginia University, Morgantown

  • Cert. 2017

    Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities

    George Mason University, Fairfax

  • M.A. 2007

    Master of Arts (Religion and Culture)

    The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

  • B.A. 2002

    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

    The University of Ibadan