Chinyere Oparah

Chinyere Oparah
Provost and Dean of Faculty, Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall 204

Professional Interests: African diaspora studies, Black British studies, black feminist theory, women of color organizing, transnational prison-industrial complex, women and transgender prisoners, black women and childbirth

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 1997


Chinyere Oparah became Provost and Dean of the Faculty in 2017, after serving for almost twenty years on the Mills faculty. Previously, she pursued a career in nonprofit administration, taught within the University of California system, and served as Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at the University of Toronto. For the past two decades, she has provided leadership around social justice, inclusive excellence, racial equity and queer and trans inclusion at Mills. Oparah has edited and written numerous books, chapters and journal articles. Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, is a seminal work that explores globalization, gender and mass incarceration. Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth is a key text in university midwifery, reproductive health and women’s studies classrooms. Oparah received the Maternal-Child Health Champion Award Visionary of the Year award for her most recent work, Battling Over Birth.


  • BA, University of Cambridge
  • MA, University of Warwick
  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • PhD, University of Warwick

Faculty Office Hours, Fall 2020

Days Times Room
R 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Mills Hall Room 204

Courses Taught

  • ETHS 126: Theories of Race and Ethnicity
  • ETHS 189: Research Methods with Communities of Color, with Fieldwork