Moving beyond inclusion. Cultivating belonging.


“When you’re caught in the rain, urinate on yourself.”

- Luba Proverb

The sass and sagacity of African knowledge systems fuel the classroom spaces Dr. Jojo creates, and frame her research and writing on African Religion, gender, and social ethics.

Dr. Jojo’s teaching and research reflects Luba wisdom that encourages innovation in the midst of inconvenience. In response to the lack of representation of Black voices and African women in academic canons, and in the overall production of knowledge in the Global North, Dr. Jojo’s teaching and writing re-centers the global Black experience through the lives and stories of African and African-descended women.

Her forthcoming book project focuses on African Religions as understudied sources of agency and empowerment for women in contexts otherwise characterized by sociopolitical instability and precarity.

Selected Publications

“When the Ancestors Wage War: Mystical Movements and the Ethics of War and Warfare.”

The Palgrave Handbook of African Social Ethics

Edited by Nimi Wariboko and Toyin Falola. Palgrave MacMillan (April 7, 2020), 217-229.

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“‘I’d Rather Die than Wrestle: Gender, Spirituality and Agency Amongst the Luba Mai-Mai.”

Female Child Soldiering, Gender Violence and Feminist Theologies.

Edited by Susan Wilhauck. Palgrave MacMillan (November 19, 2019), 59-74.

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“Mau-Mau (Kenya).”

War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, s.v

Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO (March 2017).

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“Show Up Before the Showdown: Locating the Genuine as a Compass for the Right Cause.”

The Institute for Youth Ministry Blog, Princeton Theological Seminary

6 April 2017

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