Scholar. Author. Ethnographer. Fitness Enthusiast.
Eziaku Nwokocha is a scholar of Africana religions with expertise in the ethnographic study of Vodou in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora and is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University within the Department of Religion. Her research is grounded in a thorough understanding of religions in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, in gender and sexuality studies, visual and material culture and Africana Studies generally. Nwokocha holds a Ph.D. with distinction in Africana studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Africana studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Black studies and Feminist studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Nwokocha was a 2015 Ford Predoctoral Fellow during her PhD and Ronald E McNair Scholar as an undergraduate. Her current project, Vodou en Vogue: Fashioning Black Divinities in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora is under exclusive review with UNC press. Nwokocha has been featured in the Journal of Haitian Studies and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin Magazine
Eziaku Nwokocha is also an American Aerobics Association International (AAAI) certified personal trainer and an avid group Fitness and Spinning enthusiast. As a former college athlete and Legacy Rower, she takes pride in maintaining a balance of scholarship, mental health and physical health. She encourages women of all shapes and sizes to accept and become the best version of themselves through the different forms of exercise (muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, and endurance). As a fitness trainer at a Black owned boutique studio, Smart fitness Studios, her classes have ranged over the years from Thick and Fit, Tone and Tighten, Cycling, Bootcamp and 2-5 mile Fitness. (Check out Smart Fitness Studio to attend her classes.) She is also a member of GirTrek, an organization dedicated to Black women’s health.