Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics

I am pleased to serve as co-editor, with Patrick Ukata, of the Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politicsforthcoming from Oxford University Press in fall 2018. This large collection of essays is organized into broad themes covering Nigeria in African history, civil society, political institutions, economic and social policy, identity and insecurity, and Nigeria in a globalized world. As part of the prestigious Oxford University Press Handbook series, the volume will form an authoritative corpus on Nigerian politics. More than merely edited volumes, the handbooks serve as comprehensive guides that help set the agenda for future research. The Nigeria Handbook includes essays from established scholars as well as emerging voices who are shaping their fields through new evidence, methodologies, or theoretical frameworks. Click here to order a copy.


1. Nigeria’s Place among West Africa’s Ancient Empires
Nonso Obikili, Applied Economics, African Heritage Institute
2. From Borno to Sokoto: Meaning and Muslim Identities in Northern Nigeria
Murray Last, University College London
3. Precolonial Christianity and Missionary Legacies
Shobana Shankar, Department of History, State University of New York – Stoney Brook
4. Colonial Rule
Toyin Falola, University of Texas
Matthew Heaton, History Department, Virginia Tech
5. Women’s Protests in the Struggle for Independence
Chichi Nwankwor, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
6. The Nigerian Novel in the Anti-Colonial Imagination
Cajetan Iheka, English Department, University of Alabama
7. Anti-colonial Struggles in National Consciousness and Pan-African Movements
Rotimi Ajayi, Political Science Faculty, Political Science Faculty, Federal University of Nigeria – Lokoja
8. The Atlantic Trade and its Lasting Impact
Wasiq Khan, Economics Department, American University of Nigeria
9. Environmental Change in Nigeria: Ecological Stress and Political Structure
Michael Watts, Geography Department, University of California – Berkeley


10. Nigeria’s Military Regimes, 1966-1979 and 1983-1999
Eghosa Osaghae, Vice Chancellor, Igbenedion University Okada
11. Legislative Politics in the First and Second Republics
Joseph Olayinka Fashagba, Political Science Faculty, Federal University of Nigeria – Lokoja
12. The National Assembly in the Fourth Republic
Rotimi Suberu, Department of Political Science, Bennington College
13. Civil Military Affairs and Military Culture in Post-Transition Nigeria
Max Siollun
14. Executive Power and Hyper-Presidentialism
Yahaya Baba, Political Science Faculty, Usman dan Fodio University
15. Elections and Electoral Performance
Nwachukwu Orji, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria – Enugu
16. Drivers and Dynamics of Electoral Reform in the Fourth Republic
A. Carl LeVan, American University and Abiodun Ajijola, The Election Monitor
17. Progress and Setbacks in Anti-Corruption Efforts
Daniel Jordan Smith, Brown University
18. The People’s Democratic Party, from the 1999 Transition to the 2015 Turnover
Adigun Agbaje, Political Science Faculty, University of Ibadan
Adeolu Akande, Political Science Faculty, University of Ibadan
Jide Ojo, Political Science Faculty, University of Ibadan
19. Fiscal Federalism, Subnational Politics, and State Creation
Funmbi Elemo, Africana Studies, Michigan State University
20. Sharia Politics, the 1999 Constitution, and the Rise of the Fourth Republic
Olufemi Vaughan, Africana Studies, Bowdoin College
21. The Judiciary’s Checkered Record
Patrick Ukata


22. Civil Society
Darren Kew, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Chris Kwaja, University of Jos
23. The Political Struggles of Nigerian Labor
Jon Kraus, Political Science Department, State University of New York – Fredonia
24. In the Trenches with Fela: Reassessing Protest Political Music Culture before the Fourth Republic
Garhe Osiebe, University of Birmingham
25. Placing Nigeria’s Democratization in Democratization Theory
Rita Kiki Edozie, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts – Boston
26. Women’s Contemporary Struggles for Rights and Representation
Cheryl O’Brien, Political Science Department, San Diego State University
27. Human Rights since Obasanjo’s Second Coming
Idayat Hassan, Centre for Democracy and Development
28. Trust, Taxation and Representation
Oliver Owen, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Workshop with some authors and reviewers at American University in November 2016 (left to right): Ifeoluwa Olawole (American University), Jonathan Eigege (Johns Hopkins University), Rotimi Suberu (Bennington College), Oladeji Olaore (The World Bank), Jennifer Joel-Obado (American University), Omolade Adunbi (University of Michigan), Carl LeVan (American University), Patrick Ukata (American University), Zainab Usman (University of Oxford), Cajetan Iheka (University of Alabama), Shobana Shakhar (SUNY-Stoney Brook), Peter M. Lewis (Johns Hopkins University).


29. Fiscal Policy during Boom and Bust
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Tufts University and Nonso Obikili, African Heritage Institute
30. The Political Economy of Oil
Peter Lewis, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
31. Prospects for Structural Reform in the Oil Sector
Zainab Usman, University of Oxford
32. Turning Around HIV and Intercepting Ebola
Olusoji Adeyi, World Bank
Ayodeji Odutolu, World Bank
Phyllis Kanki, Harvard University

Me with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, during her visit to American University (May 2022)


33. Islamic Social Movements and Political Unrest in Nigerian History
Abimbola Adesoji, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University
34. The Origins of Boko Haram
Kyari Mohammed, Centre for Peace and Security Studies
Modibbo Adama University of Technology
35. Boko Haram: Indigeneity, Internationalism, and Insurgency
Virginia Comolli, International Institute for Strategic Studies
36. The Nigerian Civil War and the Biafran Secessionist Revival
Obi Nwakanma, English Department, University of Central Florida
37. The Rise, and Decline (and Rise?) of the Niger Delta Rebellions
Omolade Adunbi, Africana Studies and Program in the Environment, University of Michigan
38. Crime, Cults, and Informal Security
‘Kemi Okenyodo, Independent Scholar
39. Land, Citizenship and the Laws of Disenfranchisement
Victor Adefemi Isumonah, Political Science Faculty, University of Ibadan
40. Pastoralism, Ethnicity, and Subnational Conflict Resolution in the Middle Belt
Laura Thaut Vinson, Political Science, Oklahoma State University


41. Globalizing labor in the Pre-Independence Era
Oliver Coates, University of Cambridge
42. Nigeria in the British Commonwealth
Elizabeth Donnelly, Chatham House
Daragh Neville, Chatham House
43. Faith, Fame, or Fortune? Varieties of Nigerian Worship in Global Christianity
Asonzeh Ukah, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town
44. Engaging the East: China in Nigeria
Ian Taylor, International Relations and Political Economy, University of St. Andrews

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The book on display at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, 2019