Dr Imaobong Umoren to be first joint TORCH and Pembroke College career development fellow


A new Career Development Fellowship in women in the humanities has been established jointly by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) and Pembroke College, thanks to the generosity of a private donor.  The three year post will be taken up by Dr Imaobong Umoren, following a very competitive selection process.

On receiving news of her appointment Dr Umoren was delighted, explaining that the post "will provide me with time to develop two research projects on African, African American, and Caribbean women’s history in the twentieth century.  Being based at TORCH and Pembroke College will strengthen my interdisciplinary approach and allow me to interact and collaborate with a number of scholars in the fields of history, literary studies, psychology, anthropology and theology. It will also enable me to organise academic and public events. During the fellowship, I am also excited to take part in Pembroke College’s award-winning Access scheme."

Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke, commented: “Pembroke is delighted to welcome Dr Umoren, a talented and impressive academic whose research and writings on black women’s history in the twentieth century are already adding much to her field.  We look forward to the contribution she will make to our activities and to academic debate here in College.”

Professor Stephen Tuck, Director of TORCH added: “Imaobong Umoren is an outstanding early career researcher whose work on global race women relates to a variety of TORCH programmes. We are looking forward to welcoming her to TORCH.”

Imaobong Umoren completed BA and MA studies at King’s College London, and in May 2015 completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford awarded for a thesis entitled Becoming Global Race Women: The Travels and Networks of Black Female Activist-Intellectuals, 1920-1966.  In 2014-15 she held a Fulbright Scholarship and Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies.


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