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Yetunde Odugbesan

Visiting Assistant Professor 10 Month Email Memorial Hall, Room 222

Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Affairs and Politics in the department of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College where she teaches Comparative Politics, Women in Comparative Political Development, Imperialism, Global Politics, African Politics and Introduction to Politics.  Dr. Yetunde's area of research expertise is in corruption studies and global ethics. She is also newly appointed to Universities in Exile Consortium as a member where the consortium publicly defends academic freedom, the core value of all their member institutions, and nurtures academics who have been persecuted and uprooted by creating a sense of intellectual community among exiled scholars. She is a member of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), American Political Science Association (APSA), International Studies Association (ISA), Professionals in Foreign Policy, United Nations Association of New York, Young Professionals for International Cooperation and Global Women Leadership Collaborative and a former researcher at Rutgers Institute of Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS).


Dr. Yetunde's interest in global ethics, good governance, human rights, gender equality, and counter-corruption studies has influenced her academic endeavors and profession. Dr. Yetunde received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and her Masters of Science in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law from Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies with a double minor in Africana Studies and Organizational Leadership from Rutgers University as well. She has certificates in international relations, international business, applied political leadership. She was a New Leaders Council Fellow, Rutgers Emerging Leaders Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Minority Academic Careers Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow and graduate of the United Nations Worldview Institute. She has worked with many reputable institutions and government agencies. She was also the Assistant Editor for Public Performance and Management Review (PPMR), a leading peer-review academic journal that addresses a broad array of influential factors on the performance of public and non-profit organizations. 

Dr. Yetunde currently serves as a Senior Fellow on the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Gender Equity. Millennial Policy Initiative (MPI), serves as an incubator for modern policy reform and dialogues addressing our nation's most pressing challenges. Dr. Yetunde will be contributing to policy briefings, policy recommendations and collaborating with organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Sierra Club, Emerge America, End Citizens United, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and elected officials from across the country. The goal of the Commission on Gender Equity is to provide vital policy recommendations and to promote more equitable representation of women in elected office; to ameliorate or close the gender pay and wealth gaps; and to ensure greater protections for the civil rights and liberties of women within society. 


Dr. Yetunde is also the Founder of Young Woman's Guide, an organization that provides leadership development and training to young women from all backgrounds. You can learn more about her organization by visiting www.youngwomansguide.com. Dr. Yetunde has held many leadership positions. She is currently an at-large member of the Alumni Leaders Council (ALC) of Rutgers University Alumni Association. Dr. Yetunde also served as a member on the 21st National Presidential Search Committee who was charged with choosing the current sitting President, Dr. Robert Barchi of Rutgers University. Dr. Yetunde is a member of United Way of Essex and West Hudson Women's Leadership Council and New Leaders Council Women's Caucus. She is also the Vice Chair of Leadership and Management for the United People for African Congress. She was appointed to serve as the Chair of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Advocacy for City of Newark African Commission under Mayor Cory Booker. 

Her work has also reached South Africa and Nigeria where she has met and worked with governmental officials and heads of state to improve policies and initiatives that empower youth population. She has held seminars in Nigeria on empowering young women to lead and has been hosted by various Heads of States. She has also met former first lady of South Africa, Winnie Mandela where she worked to help create global education partnerships with Universities in South Africa and universities in the United States. She also spent time working as an educator in Pretoria, South Africa at Amstelhof Primary School during her graduate studies.

Her various passions and mission to pay it forward is often recognized in the various philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives she lends herself to. Yetunde was on the Board of Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield, NJ.  She was the former Chair of Youth Affairs for Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO) and served as a Board Member for New York Needs You (NYNY). 

Dr. Yetunde is a contributor for the Guardian Newspaper where she writes articles in the Law, Politics and Leadership sections of The Guardian Newspaper. She also has her own column with the Guardian Newspaper titled Young Woman's Guide where writes topics on women empowerment and life skills. Dr. Yetunde is the author of the book, Young Woman's Guide which provides personal and leadership advice for young women from all backgrounds.


During her graduate studies Dr. Yetunde was elected as the first woman after ten years of its inception as the President of Student Association of Global Affairs. She was also elected Vice President of Graduate Student Government Association and President of Sigma Iota Rhota Honor Society for International Affairs. Her formative years also include numerous leadership positions and accolades. 

Her mission in life is to pay it forward, help people realize their leadership potential, and create positive global impact.

Courses Taught

Women in Comparative Political Development

Global Politics

Introduction to Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Comparative Religion & Culture

Imperialism: A Modern History

American Foreign Relations



  • Ph.D, Global Affairs (Global Affairs), Rutgers University , 2017
  • MS.c, Global Affairs (Global Affairs, International Law), Rutgers University , 2012
  • BA, Journalism (Journalism and Media Studies), Rutgers University, 2009

Certificates & Licensures

  • Applied Leadership, New Leaders Council, 05/12/2011
  • Applied Politics & Government , Eagleton Institute of Politics, 05/28/2013
  • International Relations and Business, United Nations Worldview Institute, 06/11/2011
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