Assistant Professor
School of International Service, American University
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: (202) 885-2457
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The last several years have seen a revival of research on illiberal regimes and dictatorships. My new essay, “Analytic Authoritarianism and Nigeria,” in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (March 2014) explores Nigeria’s authoritarian legacies and situates its military governments within this emerging literature on comparative authoritarianism. Click to download the article for free, courtesy of Taylor & Francis.

Meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in October 2013, to discuss US policy on human rights in Africa.

Meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in October 2013, to discuss US policy on human rights in Africa.

Briefly, about me:
I teach courses on African politics, comparative politics, and political theory at American University in the Comparative and Regional Studies Program in the School of International Service. My research focuses on African political institutions, democratization, and political development.  My forthcoming book, Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (Cambridge University Press, 2015) uses veto player analysis to explain government performance in Africa’s largest country. My empirical tests challenge conventional wisdom about the impact of regime type, foreign debt, ethnic diversity, and oil on policy outputs.

I am very 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. I frequently organize events for American University’s Council on African Studies.



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What are the effects of the Nigerian government’s counter-terrorism strategy towards Boko Haram?  Download my 2013 essay, “Sectarian Rebellions in Post-Transition Nigeria Compared” in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding by clicking here, courtesy of Taylor & Francis.