Chinemelu Okafor works at the intersection of politics - particularly governance and political accountability - and economics, with a focus on development policy. She is a Predoctoral Research Specialist at Princeton University through the Emerging Scholars Program, where she currently provides advanced statistical analysis to support the work of her faculty mentor, Professor LaFleur Stephens-Dougan. 

Previously, Chinemelu was an Empirical Studies of Conflict Research Specialist (2018-2019) in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, under the direction of Professor Jake Shapiro and Professor Tarek Ghani.

Before coming to Princeton, Chinemelu worked as a research assistant at the International Finance Corporation within the Thought Leadership Unit. Her previous professional experiences include positions at the World Bank, the United Nations, and Thomson Reuters, among others.

Chinemelu is also the Founder and President of The Research in Color Foundation: a mentoring non-profit for racial and ethnic minorities looking to pursue doctoral degrees in economics, or economics-adjacent disciplines.

As a prospective Ph.D. student, she plans to examine topics such as ensuring the accountability of public officials, and implementing community-responsive policymaking.

Chinemelu holds a Master's degree from the George Washington University in Applied Economics and a double Bachelor's degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Michigan.