Oghenetoja Okoh, Ph.D.
Toja Okoh, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, joined the Loyola community in the fall of 2018. “The Jesuit tradition instills a sense of curiosity and human compassion in our students,” says Okoh, who incorporates Jesuit traditions and personal reflection into her coursework. “Combining the Jesuit tradition with a history major sets our students up to ask good questions about the past, themselves, others, and the world around them.” Okoh was born in International Falls, Minn., and spent the first ten years of her childhood in Warri, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from New York University; her research focuses on minority identity and citizenship in Nigeria. Before becoming a historian, Okoh had ambitions of being an artist. She still draws, paints, and sculpts, she and encourages her students to get in touch with their artistic side in hopes of helping them face challenges and gain self-confidence.
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