hello and safe journey!
In the Igbo language, Ijeoma means safe journey, or literally, to go well. I believe that life is much more about the journey than the destination and that our purpose is to continue learning about ourselves and one another as we journey through life. My name has inspired me to take risks, pursue dreams, and live joyfully and confidently in the life I’ve been given. This space is a collection of all the different adventures I’m currently on. Click right and left to scroll through and learn more. Thanks for joining me!
Dr. Ijeoma Kola is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health, Humanities, and Society within the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame.
As a historian of science and medicine, her research focuses on race and racism in health, the medical and social construction of disease, and Black health social movements. Her current project examines the intellectual and cultural history of race and asthma in 20th century America.
Dr. Kola holds a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences (History and Ethics) from Columbia University, an M.A. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, and an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard University.
I have been creating digital content since 2010 when I started recording videos on YouTube under the name “Klassy Kinks,” as a way to chronicle my natural hair journey. Since then, I have expanded my storytelling to include written, photo, and video content on a range of topics including beauty, style, travel, and lifestyle, as well as personal essays, and reach a multi-platform audience of over 200,000 people around the world. I have also produced digital content in partnership with more than 200 small businesses and large multinational companies, including Procter & Gamble, Uber, Sephora, Best Buy, and the American Heart Association.
Whether I’m talking about my latest style, beauty, or home decor favorites, how to choose the right Ph.D. program, or the humbling aspects of being a toddler mom, everything I share is geared towards empowering other women to live joyfully and confidently in the pursuit of their dreams.
work with me
I am available for speaking, consulting, and research collaboration, particularly around racial health disparities, Black women in higher education, and how scholars can leverage social media to share their research. I am also open to digital content creation and collaboration with mission-aligned brands and organizations. For all collaboration inquiries and speaking invitations, please reach out via the contact form.
In addition to scholarly research and blogging, I create online and offline communities for Black women, centered around two of my lifelong loves — travel and higher education.
The Safe Journey Retreat is an annual women’s empowerment conference and group travel adventure on the African continent, while Cohort Sistas is a digital nonprofit that supports Black women pursuing doctoral education.
Come hang out with me on your favorite social media platform! I’m most active on Instagram but Twitter is beginning to win me over.
Feel free to email with questions, suggestions, collaboration ideas, and speaking and consulting inquiries.