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Esther Ngumbi

Faculty Member

  • Position Title: Assistant Professor - Entomology; African American Studies
  • Office Address: 320 Morrill Hall, 505 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
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Educational Background

  • PhD Entomology, Auburn University


Dr. Ngumbi is an author, researcher, educator, mentor, speaker and a champion for change around the issues of hunger, gender, education, youth activism, agriculture, sustainability, and public service. She works as an Assistant Professor, Entomology and African-American Department, at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She is the founder of organizations that empower farmers and youth in Kenya, and she’s served as a mentor for entities like the Clinton Global University Initiative and President Obama’s Young Leadership Program.

Areas of Interest

Broadly interested in understanding the multifaceted uses of chemical signals (both volatile and non-volatile) by herbivores, natural enemies, plants and their associated microorganisms and insects.