College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > History > Faculty > Authens Oppong Wadie
Authens Asantewaa was born in Illinois to Jamaican parents. She completed high school in Evanston, Illinois and attended University of Illinois Chicago for undergraduate study. She studied for a semester at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. After which she proceeded to Northwestern University for her first master's degree. Authens holds a second master's degree, and a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University. Authens has worked in the field of history for the past 15 years, serving as a public historian and an adjunct lecturer. Authens is also an independent researcher who chronicles the lives of the women of the Ethiopian royal family. She is co-editor of the journal, Empress Menen Chronicles: An African Woman's Journal of History and Culture. Authens lives in Illinois with her husband Kwadwo Oppong Wadie and their four children.