Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma

Associate Professor
Office Location: 
Holmes Hall 306
(443) 885-1805

Ph.D. from Gregorian University, Rome, Italy


Ph.D. from Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

DR. ZEKEH S. GBOTOKUMA is a globetrotter, polyglot (Ngbaka, Lingala, French, English, Italian, and German) and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from Gregorian University, a post-doctoral Diploma in International Studies from the Italian Society for International Organization, a BA in Theology from Pontifical Urban University, all in Rome, Italy. He also holds several Certificates (English as Foreign Language from St. Luke's Priory, Wincanton, UK; Certificate in French, Advanced Level, from the Institut d'Etudes Françaises de Touraine, Tours, France; Certificate in Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as Foreign Language), from Goethe Institute Boppard, Germany; and a Certificate in African Studies from Yale University's PIER-African Studies Intensive Summer Institute on "The Teaching of Africa." After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD). He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at MSU. His "extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding" made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008. He is also one of Afrimpact Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Awards 2017 recipients. He is the author of numerous multilingual publications, including, among others, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingala, English, French, and Italian (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016; Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship (CSP, 2015 Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).

Curriculum Vitae

Publications (Partial List)

Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship. (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015).
OBAMÆNON: The Gospel of ‘Glocal' Change, Hope, Understanding, and Leadership for a Networking World
(Common Ground, 2011) http://onglobalization.com
Cesaire, Cesairologie et l'Humanisme Universel/Cesaire, Cesairology and Universal Humanism (Xlibris, 2007).
A Pan-African Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).
"Cosmoportism and UniverCity Today: Globalizing Education at Home and Abroad." Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3.5 (2010): 23-31.
"Negritude Meets Daoism: Can Yin-Yang Rescue Senghor?" In Jinfen Yan and David Schrader (Eds.), Clashing of Ends: Comparative Perspectives in Contemporary Value Inquiry (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009), 255-276.
"Senghoritude comme Défi à la Mondialisation."[Senghoritude as a Challenge to Globalization] In Clément Akassi Animan and Victorien Lavou Zoungbo (Eds.), Discours Post-Coloniaux et Renégociations des Identités Noires: Afriques, Amériques, Caraïbes, Europe. Collection Marges No. 32 (Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, France, 2010), 121-139.
"Bridging the World Language Divide: A Requirement for the 21st-Century International Education and U.S. Global Leadership." THE GLOBAL STUDIES JOURNAL, 1.4 (December 2008): 61-68
Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/ Lingala-Italiano (Rome, Italy: Armando Curcio Publisher, 1990).
"The Sub-Saharan-African Underdevelopment: What's Morality Got to Do With It?" Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies, vol. 17, no. 4 (Stockholm, Sweden, December 1998): 29-58.
"Heidegger: `Ek-sistence' Authentique et Ethique Comme Thanatologie," in French [Heidegger: Authentic Ek-Sistence and Ethics as Thanatology]. Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française, vol. X, No. 1 (Spring 1998): 5-24.
"Polygyny in Africa: A Male's Post-Original Sin or Rejection of the Primeval Monogyny and Affirmation of Sexual Inequality." Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy. Boston, Massachusetts, 1998. Online. http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Afri/AfriGbot.htm
"Negritude and Civilization Are not Paradoxical: Meditations on the 90,000 Year-Old Bone Technology from Katanda, Zaire." Présence Africaine, No. 156 (Paris, France, 1997): 119-135.


Tel.: (443)885-1805 (Office)

Email: zekehgbotokuma@gmail.com Zekeh.Gbotokuma@morgan.edu