Jennifer W. Adebanjo, Ph.D.


Dr. Jennifer W. Adebanjo is the Associate Professor of Political Science at Fisk University.  She received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville Tennessee. She received both the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Jackson State University, located in Jackson Mississippi.   She joined the faculty in the Department of Political Science at Fisk University in August 1986. 

Dr. Adebanjo currently serves as the Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Fisk University and is an active member of the faculty.  She is the 2012-2013 Chair of the Fisk Faculty Assembly, a member of the Academic Council, and numerous committees. She also serves as one of the university’s Pre-Law Advisors, in addition to being advisor to the Political Science Club and the Sigma Eta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national Political Science Honor Society. Under her guidance many of her students have been admitted into law and graduate schools across the country.

Dr. Adebanjo also has served as Associate Director of the Fisk/UNCF Program for Environmental Justice Education and Research Grant and the Fisk Component of the UNCF/DOE Building Environment Justice Collaboration between Paine and Savannah River Site.  She currently serves in the capacity of Co- Principle Investigator for the Meharry /Fisk program for Prostate Cancer and Research Training in Health Disparities for Undergraduates, (PCaRT).

Dr. Adebanjo is very active in the local Nashville community and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.  She is likewise affiliated with several professional organizations and has been selected for Who’s Who among American Teachers numerous times, most recently being selected in 2011.  She is a Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellow and a 2010 Salzburg Global Fellow.

She is married to Dr. George O. Adebanjo.

Professionally, Dr. Adebanjo’s teaching and research interests include Presidential, Congressional and Supreme Court Politics, Environmental Justice, and Public Policy as it pertains to race and gender.

Jennifer W. Adebanjo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

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1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN, 37208