Olufunmbi “Funmbi” M. Elemo is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of political science at Michigan State University. She grew up in Nigeria and Maryland, earned her B.A. (magna cum laude) in political science and sociology from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) in 2006, and also earned her M.A. in political science from MSU in 2009.
Olufunmbi currently teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to International Relations and African Politics at James Madison College (MSU). She has also recently held research fellowships with the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (Washington DC).
Olufunmbi's research interests focus on comparative politics and public policy, including federalism, political management of natural resource revenue, tax reform, and representative and accountable governance in Africa. She conducted fieldwork in Nigeria (October 2010 - July 2011), including original interviews with Nigerian state and national legislators and archival research at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Olufunmbi remains committed to producing research that speaks to both academics and policy-makers.