DSC_0144_JPGAssociate Professor
School of International Service
American University
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: (202) 885-2457

My research focuses on African political institutions, democratization, and political development. I teach courses on African politics, comparative politics, and political theory at American University in the School of International Service. I am the co-editor, with Patrick Ukata, of the Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.

I have provided analysis and commentary on Nigeria as a guest on the PBS Newshour, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Canadian TV, BBC, Al Jazeera, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! and other programs. I am active with the African Politics Conference Group, a professional association that organizes panels at the annual conferences of the African Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, and at other academic meetings.

(L-R) Rep. John Conyers, me, and former U.S. Ambassadors Princeton Lyman, John Campbell, Howard Jeter, and Mark Bellamy (L-R) at the book launch at American University, January 2015.

(L-R) Rep. John Conyers, me, and former U.S. Ambassadors Princeton Lyman, John Campbell, Howard Jeter, and Mark Bellamy (L-R) at the book launch at American University, January 2015.

Forthcoming August 2017 from the Cambridge University Press Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy series: Constituents before Assembly: Participation, Deliberation, and Representation in the Worldwide Crafting of Constitutions, co-authored with Todd Eisenstadt and Tofigh Maboudi. We demonstrate the positive effects of participatory constitution-making on democracy. Specifically, we show first how participation is especially important at the earliest stages of crafting a new constitution. Further, drawing on field research from three continents, we show that participation is not endogenous to previous regime types (democracy or dictatorship).

Africa Policy in the Trump Administration

Click below to watch the roundtable discussion at American University on January 18, 2017:

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