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Ajani (Ade) Ofunniyin

Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies

Address: Bell Building, Room 306
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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida
Dissertation:  "The Osbogbo Connection:  Transnational Identities, Modernity and World View of Yoruba Americans in Sheldon, South Carolina and Alachua County, Florida"

M.A, Anthropology, University of Florida

Certificate in African American Studies, University of Florida

B.A., Social Science and Special Education, Fordham University

Research Interests

Recovering Meaning: Locating, Mapping, and Restoration of Historic African and African Descendant burial sites on Daniel Island, South Carolina seeks to restore and enhance four (4) sacred burial sites. The plots contain the remains of generations of   families buried since 1778 until 1973

Courses Taught

Honors and Awards

Charlie Magazine, 50 Most Progressive, 2015.

Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Fellowship, College of Charleston, 2014

First Year Experience (FYE) Fellowship, College of Charleston, 2014

Writing Across Curriculum (WAC) Fellowship, College of Charleston, 2014

Obama Organizing Fellowship, Gainesville, FL, 2008

Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship for GPA Yoruba Program in Nigeria, OAU, 2007

Florida Department of Education, Literacy and Technology, 2003-2005

Delores A. Auzene Fellowship 2001-2002, 2006-2007

Florida Education Fund McKnight Fellowship 2002-2006

Anthropology Dept., UF, John Goggin Award 2004

FLAS Summer Language Award, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) 2002

FLAS Summer Language Award, Yale University 2001

Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS) 1998, 1999, 2000


Ofunniyin, Ade. DNA: Die Not Another (2015)

Ofunniyin, Ade and Amy Cox. The Lost Tribe of Florida: Re-imaging and Re-inventing The Calusa at the Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Ringling Cultural Policy Symposium, Volume 1, pp.40-50 2003

Ofunniyin, Ade. Three Iyawos: Ethnography of Transformation” in Africa in Florida. University of Florida Press, edited by Poynor, Robin and Amanda Carlson (2014)

Poynor, Robin and Ade Ofunniyin “Baba Onabamiero and Compound   Ifalola,” in Africa in Florida, University of Florida Press, Edited by Poynor, Robin and Amanda Carlson (2014) 

Ade Ofunniyin, PhD, Contributor to the Tales of the Conjure Woman Catalogue, Featuring the works of Renee’ Stout at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston Charleston, SC (2013)