Peter Ukpokodu is chair of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. His area of specialization is theatre and he teaches such courses as African Theatre and Drama, African Traditional Religion and Thought, African Cultural Institutions, African Film and Video, and African-American Theatre and Film.
He previously taught at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria.
Dr. Ukpokodu is a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the American Society for Theatre Research, the African Literature Association, the National Association of African-American Studies, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists, and the World Poetry Society.
His research interests cover theatre and religion as they manifest themselves in the culture of Africa and the African Diaspora. Author of Sociopolitical Theatre in Nigeria, Dr. Ukpokodu's publications have appeared in L'Anmaire Theatral , TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies, the Theatre Annual, Theatre Research International, the African-American Encyclopedia, Survey of Social Science Sociology, South African Theatre Journal, Ready Reference: Ethics, the Literary Griot, among others.
Dr. Ukpokodu is also a poet and has been published in American Poetry Showcase, American Poetry Anthology, Our Western World's Most Beautiful Poems, Poet, and Poetic Voices of America, among others.
He is currently editing a book International Theatre Practice and researching African theatre history.
Forthcoming publications include chapters in Femi Osofisan: Interpretive Essays (Vols. I and 2) and essays in the Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy.
Besides English, Dr. Ukpokodu's languages include French, Etsako, Afenmai, Edo, Yoruba, Esan, and Latin.