Ebenezer Olamiposi Adeyemi is a sociocultural PhD student under the advisement of Professor Theodore Powers. Ebenezer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies--both from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Ebenezer also received a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Iowa in May 2021.
Ebenezer’s broad research interests center around medical anthropology, infrastructure, the intersection of urban landscape and public health, African studies, and survival strategies in marginalized urban communities. For his ongoing doctoral research, Ebenezer is exploring strategies that residents of Makoko, a large informal settlement in Lagos State, Nigeria, use to access healthcare to treat malaria, the most prominent health issue in their community.
Ebenezer has received several awards to support his doctoral research. These include the Iowa Recruitment Fellowship, Student Impact Grant, the Stanley Award for International Research, and Research Grants for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His research has also been supported by funds from the UI Obermann Center’s Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy as well as Obermann’s Humanities for the Public Good Internship (funded by the Andrew Mellon Grant).
In January 2022, Ebenezer was recognized as an outstanding researcher in the 2022 series of the Dare to Discover Banner Campaign sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. His Research has also been featured in the Graduate College newsletter the Daily Iowan, and the Englert Theater’s Best Show Ever.