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    Ade Akinrinola, Ph.D. (ABD)

    Program of Study, Research Interests, & Advisors

    My interests in and passion for international education and higher education anchor on the philosophy that one cannot aspire toward a future that one does not know is possible. Anchored on the values of equity and fairness, education can equip one with the tools to dream, actualize and become more—for oneself and others.  

    My research interests focus on the racialized experiences and Black identity formation of Black African international students in American higher education institutions. My work problematizes and unpacks the politics of (Black) identity formation at the intersection of race and international education, advancing its implications for policy, research, and praxis. 

    At the core of my career and life aspiration is the desire and commitment to inspire and support young people of color toward the fulfillment of their dreams. 


                   Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Primary; GSE)

                   Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher (Secondary; Higher Education)

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2021

    Professional & Educational Background

    • Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in Global Studies in Education and Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • M.A., K-12 Educational Administration, Michigan State University 
    • B.A., Educational Administration, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ademola-akinrinola