Ouleye Ndoye Warnock graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, in the top 1% of the class of 2007.  With a major in international studies, concentrating on francophone Africa, Ouleye led the first group of Spelman and Morehouse students to Senegal in 2007 through her service as President of the Student Government Association. 

As the recipient of a Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme award to attend the University of Oxford, Ouleye received her M.Sc. in Migration Studies from Oxford's Department of International Development and School of Anthropology.  While there, she enjoyed rowing and serving as her College’s Graduate Common Room President. She also holds an M.A. in History from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D.  

Ouleye has received numerous scholarships and fellowships to work in the field of human rights in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  These include the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo, Egypt; the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP) to work with African asylum seekers in Israel; and administering the USAID grant to support the education of young girls in rural Senegal through the Women’s Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance’s 10,000 Girls Program (founder: Dr. Viola Vaughn was a 2008 recipient of the CNN Heroes Award).

Ouleye lived in Asia for the first time as a Henry Luce Foundation Fellow.  There, she advocated once again for the education of young girls.  This was one among many strategies employed to prevent child sex-trafficking along Thailand’s borders with Myanmar and Laos in the northern province of Chiang Rai - known to many as “The Golden Triangle.” 

While home in the U.S., Ouleye joined the Obama campaign team in both 2008 and 2012.  She has experience in field organizing from Pennsylvania to Montana, Ohio to Florida, and many states in-between.  Ouleye also worked in the Chicago headquarters finance department, focusing on the campaign’s 2008 grassroots fundraising efforts.  Continuing in this political vain - after winning in Miami Dade County, where she served as the Obama campaign’s Deputy Regional Field Director - Ouleye moved to Washington D.C. to work on issues of immigration reform and internet security as a research intern on Capitol Hill in 2013 with the Senate Homeland Security Committee.  She was subsequently hired by the World Bank to consult for the Africa Region’s Regional Integration and Partnerships division. Ouleye has also taught African History in the History Department at Spelman College.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Ouleye currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their daughter.  Passionate about the betterment of society at home and abroad, she continually dedicates her work and studies to these causes.  



Fellowships & Awards

  • School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) International Fellows Program (Columbia University, New York)
  • Teagle Summer Institute, Preparing Doctoral Students for 21st Century Teaching Initiative, Certification (Columbia University, New York)
  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship (Columbia University, New York)
  • Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme (Oxford University, United Kingdom) 
  • Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, with the Asia Foundation (Golden Triangle: Thailand, Laos, Burma/Myanmar)
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (Kaolack, Senegal)
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Global Youth Partnership for Africa (Kampala, Uganda)
  • James S. Gates Memorial Scholarship (Fort-de-France, Martinique)



Ph.D. student, HistoryColumbia University 

Department of History

Africa Field

- Dr. Richard Hofstadter Fellow


M.A., History, Columbia University

Department of History

International and Global History - Africa Field

- Dr. Richard Hofstadter Fellow


M.Sc., Migration StudiesOxford University 

Department of International Development

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

- Lord Weidenfeld Scholar, Institute for Strategic Dialogue


B.A., International StudiesSpelman College 

Department of International Studies

Africa Concentration and French Language

- Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude