Philip C. Aka

Professor of Political Science, Chicago State University
Adjunct Professor, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
E-Mail: paka@iupui.edu

Education

B.A. (magna cum laude), 1985, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
M.A., 1987, University of North Texas
Ph.D., 1991, Howard University
J.D., 1994, Temple University
LL.M. (summa cum laude), 2008, Indiana University at Indianapolis

Bio

Professor Philip C. Aka is currently an S.J.D. candidate at IU McKinney School of Law, as well as an adjunct professor.  He teaches Political Science at Chicago State University in Chicago, IL.

Publications

Books and Chapters

  • *"African-American Religion." In Religion and Politics in America, edited by Frank J. Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming 2016).
  • *"Assessing Judicial Independence under Nigeria's Fourth Republic since 1999." In The Rule of Law and Development in Africa, edited by John Mukum Mbaku. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press (forthcoming 2015).
  • *“Ben Nwabueze and African Intellectual Tradition.” In The Igbo Intellectual Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, Gloria Chuku, ed., 2013), chap. 8, pp. 223-248.
  • *"Political Analysis on the Genesis of NEPAD." In Neo-Liberalism, Interventionism, and the Developmental State: Implementing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Africa World Press, Benjamin F. Bobo & Hermann Sintim-Aboagye, eds., 2012), chap. 3, pp. 55-91.
  • *"Igbo Intellectuals and Igbo Self-Determination: The Case of Professor Ben O. Nwabueze." In Emergent Theories and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele E. Afigbo (Africa World Press, Toyin Falola & Adam Paddock, eds., 2009), chap. 29, pp. 369-99.
  • *“The Need for an Effective Policy of Ethnic Reconciliation,” In Nigeria in the Twenty-First Century: Strategies for Political Stability and Peaceful Coexistence (Africa World Press, E. Ike Udogu, ed., 2005), chap. 3, pp. 41-67.

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • *"Human Rights in Nigeria's External Relations: Exigency, Methods, and Rebuttable Objections." Africa Today (forthcoming 2015).
  • *"The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and U.S. Human Rights Policy in a Changing World." Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (forthcoming 2015)
  • *"'Shaping Their Better Character': Religion in African American Politics in the Age of Obama." Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming Fall 2014).
  • *"Judicial Independence under Nigeria's Fourth Republic: Problems and Prospects." California Western International Law Journal (forthcoming Fall 2014).
  • *“Political Factors and Enforcement of the Nursing Home Regulatory Regime” (with Lucinda M. Deason and Augustine Hammond), 24 Journal of Law & Health 1-43 (spring 2011) (lead article).
  • *"Culturally and Linguistically Competent Public Services in an Era of English-Only Laws" (with Lucinda M. Deason), 34 Int’l Journal of Public Admin. 291-306 (2011).
  • *"Assessing the Impacts of Political Factors on Nursing Home Regulation" (with Lucinda M. Deason and Augustine Hammond), 17 Journal of Public Management and Social Policy 3-31 (spring 2011) (lead article).
  • *"Measuring the Impact of Political Ideology on the Adoption of English-Only Laws in the U.S." (with Lucinda M. Deason and Augustine Hammond), 13 The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues 1-28 (fall 2010) (lead article)
  • *"NEPAD and the Movement for Popular Participation in Development (MPPD) in Africa," 3 Human Rights & Globalization Law Review 79-148 (fall 2009/spring 2010).
  • *"Culturally Competent Public Services and English-Only Laws," 53 Howard Law Journal 53-131 (fall 2009) (with Lucinda M. Deason)
  • *"Affirmative Action and the Black Experience in America," 36 ABA Human Rights Magazine 8-10 (fall 2009)
  • *“Assessing the Constitutionality of President George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives," 9 Journal of Law in Society 53-110 (Wint. 2008).
  • *"Professor Ben O. Nwabueze and the Struggle for Igbo Self-Determination,” 4 Slovenian Law Rev. 9-34 (Dec. 2007) (lead article).
  • *"Corporate Governance in South Africa: Analyzing the Dynamics of Corporate Governance Reforms in the ‘Rainbow Nation,’” 33 North Carolina Journal of Int'l Law & Commercial Regulation 219-92 (Wint. 2007).
  • *"The Supreme Court and the Challenge of Protecting Minority Religions in the U.S.," 9 The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues 343-408 (Spring 2007).
  • *“Technology Use and the Gay Movement for Equality in America,” 35 Capital University Law Review 665-742 (Spring 2007).
  • *“The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action in Public Education, with Special Reference to the Michigan Cases,” 2006 BYU Education & Law Journal 1-95 (2006) (lead article).
  • *"Analyzing U.S. Commitment to Socioeconomic Human Rights,” 39 Akron Law Review 417-63 (2006).
  • *“Assessing the Impact of the Supreme Court Decision in Grutter on the Use of Race in Law School Admissions,” 42 California Western Law Review 1-47 (Fall 2005) (lead article).
  • *"Prospects for Igbo Human Rights in Nigeria in the New Century,” 48 Howard Law Journal 165-266 (fall 2004).
  • *“Human Rights as Conflict Resolution in Africa in the New Century,” 11 Tulsa Journal of Comp. & Int’l Law 179-209 (fall 2003).
  • *“Nigeria since 1999: Understanding the Paradox of Civil Rule and Human Rights Violations in Nigeria under President Olusegun Obasanjo,” 4 San Diego Int’l Law Journal 209-76 (2003).
  • *“The Military, Globalization, and Human Rights in Africa” 18 New York Law Sch. Journal of Human Rights 361-438 (summer 2002).
  • *“The ‘Dividend of Democracy’: Analyzing U.S. Support for Nigerian Democratization,” 22 Boston College Third World Law Journal 225-79 (spring 2002).
  • *“Title VII, Affirmative Action, and the March Toward Color-Blind Jurisprudence,” 11 Temple Pol. & Civil Rights Law Review 1-61 (fall 2001) (with Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere) (lead article).
  • *“Africa in the New World Order: The Trouble with the Notion of African Marginalization,” 9 Tulane Journal of Int’l & Comp. Law 187-221 (spring 2001).
  • *“Education, Economic Development, and Return to Democratic Politics in Nigeria,” 18 J. of Third World Studies 21-38 (spring 2001) (this article won the Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Award for the Best Article on Africa published in 2001 in the Journal of Third World Studies).
  • *“Nigeria: The Need for an Effective Policy of Ethnic Reconciliation in the New Century,” 14 Temple Int’l & Comp. Law Journal 327-61 (fall 2000).
  • *“Education, Human Rights, and the Post-Cold War Era,” 15 New York Law Sch. Journal of Human Rights 421-48 (spring 1999) (with Gloria J. Browne).
  • *“The Military and Democratization in Africa,” 16 Journal of Third World Studies 71-86 (spring 1999).

Essays and Reports

  • *“Teaching Constitutional Law in U.S. Four-Year Colleges and Universities.” Foreword to Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts xi-xiv (Pearson Learning Solutions, 3d ed., 2011).
  • *"Introductory Note to the Chinese Government's National Human Rights Action Plan 2009-2010," 48 International Legal Materials 841-45 (2009) (piece is republished, without footnotes, in IL Post, e-publication of the American Society for International Law, Issue of July 15, 2009).

Book Reviews

  • *Criminal Law Reform and Transitional Justice: Human Rights Perspectives for Sudan (Ashgate, Lutz Oette, ed., 2011), 59 Africa Today 131-37 (Summer 2013).
  • *John Iliffe, Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World (James Currey, 2011), 58 Africa Today 125-29 (Fall 2011).
  • *Sara E. Davies, Legitimizing Rejection: International Refugee Law in Southeast Asia(Leiden & Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2008), 8 Journal of African and Asian Studies 187-91 (2009).
  • *Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Dynamics of Economic and Political Relations between Africa and Foreign Powers: A Study in International Relations (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999), 17 Journal of Third World Studies 247-54 (fall 2000).
  • *African Foreign Policies, ed. Stephen Wright (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999), 28 Perspectives on Political Science 232 (fall 1999).

Other Publications

  • *“Terrorist Threat in the 21st Century: A Global Security Problem.” In Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror: Volume 1: Combating Modern Terrorism (1968-2011)(Praeger Security Int’l, Frank Shanty, ed., 2012): 30-36.
  • *“War on Terror.” In Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror: Volume 1: Combating Modern Terrorism (1968-2011)(Praeger Security Int’l, Frank Shanty,ed., 2012): 36-41.
  • *“China.” In Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror: Volume 1: Combating Modern Terrorism (1968-2011) (Praeger Security Int’l, Frank Shanty, ed., 2012): 72-76.

Presentations

  • "Advancing Human Rights in a Post-Authoritarian System: Nigeria under the Fourth Republic." Paper Presented at the 85th Annual Conference of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences (IASS), Anderson University, Anderson, IN 46012, October 10, 2014.
  • The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and U.S. Human Rights Policy in a Changing World." Paper Presented at the 12th Annual Global Studies Association Conference, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, June 6-8, 2014.
  • "Toward an Effective Human Rights Policy for Nigeria by Mid-21st Century: Preview of Two Viable Scenarios for the Igbo." Paper Presented at the 12th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, May 22-24, 2014.
  • "Influence of Human Rights in Nigerian External Relations." Paper Presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2014
  • "Judicial Independence under Nigeria's Fourth Republic: Problems and Prospects." Paper Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR), California State University, Sacramento, CA, April 24, 2014
  • "Origin and Evolution of Human Rights in Nigeria's External Relations." Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), Wilmington, DE, March 14, 2014.
  • "Sparks of Human Rights in Nigeria's External Relations." Paper Presented at the S.J.D. Colloquium, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis. Feb. 6, 2014
  • "Human Rights in Nigeria's External Relations." Paper Presented at the College of Arts and Sciences' (CAS) Forum, Chicago State University, February 13, 2014
  • “Religion and Race in American Politics: Valorizing the Contributions of (Black) Muslims to the Civil Rights Movement.” Lecture in Commemoration of Black History Month, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque, Chicago, IL, Feb. 22, 2014
  • "Small Place Close to Home: The Judiciary and Human Rights in Nigeria." Paper Presented at the College of Arts and Sciences' (CAS) Forum, Chicago State University, Nov. 19, 2013



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