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Rita Abrahamsen
Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests are in African politics, security and development, security privatization and postcolonial theory. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Political Studies, Third World Quarterly and Review of African Political Economy. She was joint editor of African Affairs for six years, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she was in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, and she has been visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo and the Centre for Advanced Security Studies at Copenhagen University.

Rufus Akinyele
Rufus Taiwo Akinyele obtained the B.A (Hons), M.A and Ph.D Degrees in History from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He joined the teaching staff of the same department in 1990 as Lecturer II and rose to the position of Professor of African History in 2005. His research interest covers the related fields of African Political History, Ethnic Relations, Border Studies and Urban History. He is the editor of numerous books, including Race, Ethnicity and Nation-Building in Africa, Ibadan: Rex Charles, 2003; Contemporary Issues in Boundaries and Governance in Nigeria, Lagos: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 2005; and African Integration: Images and Perspectives, Lagos: University of Lagos Press, 2006. He is a member of the Congress of African Historians, African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) and International Research Group (GDRI). He was Sub-Dean, Faculty of Arts, 1998-2000 and succeeded Professor A. I. Asiwaju as Director, Centre for African Regional Integration and Border Studies (CARIBS), in 2004. 

Leonardo R. Arriola
Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on democratization and political violence in African countries. He is author of Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which received a best book award from the African Politics Conference Group (APCG). His research has also appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and World Politics. 

Jean-Francois Bayart
Jean-Francois Bayart holds the rank of Director of Research of the Conseil National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and is a former director of the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERI), Paris, affiliated to Sciences Po and the CNRS. A comparative political scientist, he is the author of numerous books, including L'Etat en Afrique. La politique du ventre (Fayard, 1989, revised edition 2006) L'Illusion identitaire (Fayard, 1996) and Le Gouvernement du monde. Une critique politique de la globalisation (Fayard, 2004). His main works have been translated into English, in particular The Illusion of Cultural Identity (C. Hurst & Co. and the University of Chicago Press, 2005) and Global Subjects. A Political Critique of Globalization (Polity Press, 2007). He is series editor of the « Recherches internationales » series published by Editions Karthala. He has taught at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and in the Universities of Lausanne and Turin. He is currently a co-director of the seminar series on « Limites du politique, politiques des limites » at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. 

George M. Bob-Milliar 
George M. Bob-Milliar lectures on the Politics and History degrees programmes at the Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. in African Studies, with specialization in politics and development. His research interests include democratic studies; political participation; political economy of development; culture, religion and ethnicity; qualitative methods; informal institutions; regional, local and urban politics; African diaspora and migration patterns. His articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, Democratization, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Africa, African Review of Economics & Finance, and Urban Anthropology. He has received prizes both for his published work (the prestigious African Author Prize for the best article published in African Affairs by an author based in an African institution, 2010), and for his contribution to research on African policy issues (from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, 2012).

Catherine Boone
Catherine Boone is Professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin. She works on issues of African political economy, and is author of Merchant Capital and the Roots of State Power in Senegal, 1930-1985 (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Political Topographies of the African State (Cambridge, 2003), and articles and book chapters. She is past president of the West Africa Research Association, which governs the West Africa Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and was a visiting scholar at the Centre Ivoirien de Recherche Economique et Sociale (CIRES), in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is now working on the politics of rural land tenure regimes. 

Sara Dorman
Sara teaches African Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focusses on post-liberation states and the politics of nationalism, nation and state-building, especially in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. She is a former Editor and Book Reviews Editor of African Affairs, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies. She is also a co-ordinator of the AEGIS African Politics & IR Collaborative Research Group. Her book: Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism is due out in June 2016.

Richard Dowden
Richard Dowden is Director of the Royal Africa Society and author of Africa. Altered States, Ordinary Miracles (2008). He first went to Africa in 1971 as a volunteer teacher in Idi Amin's Uganda, before being forced to leave at the end of 1972. He worked for the Times (London) from 1980, often reporting from Africa, until 1986 when he became Africa Editor of the Independent and in 1995 he took up the post of Africa Editor at The Economist. He has also made three television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on Africa.

Pierre Englebert
Pierre Englebert is Professor of Politics at Pomona College, Claremont, California. He is the author of State Legitimacy and Development in Africa (Lynne Rienner,, 2000) and Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow (Lynne Rienner, 2009). He has degrees from the Free University of Brussels, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and the University of Southern California. His research focuses mostly on the dynamics of state construction and failure, institutions and the political economy of development, with a particular emphasis on Francophone Africa.

Comfort Ero
Comfort Ero is currently Africa Director of the International Crisis Group. Prior to that she was Deputy Director: Africa and Director of the Cape Town Office of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. Previously she was Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Political Affairs Officer of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She was also Project Director at the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group. In London in the 1990s she conducted research at King's College, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and at the United Nations Association-UK. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, University of London.

Julia Gallagher 
Julia Gallagher is a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on African international relations and their impact on domestic politics, particularly understandings of statehood and state-society relations. She has written about Western ideas and images of Africa, China in Africa, and on Zimbabwe’s politics and international relations. Her latest book, Zimbabwe against the World: how international relations make states, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. She is currently working on a project about the politics of state buildings and architecture in Africa.

Lansana Gberie
Lansana Gberie is Senior Researcher with the Africa Conflict Prevention Programme,
Institute for Security Studies (Addis Ababa). He is an academic and writer, and was Senior Research Fellow at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra , Ghana . Gberie has written extensively on conflict and conflict management in Africa, including, most recently, A Dirty War in West Africa : The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone (Indiana University Press, 2005). His scholarly articles have appeared in academic journals and as book chapters. Gberie has consulted for International Crisis Group (ICG), and has been a key researcher for Partnership Africa Canada's Human Security and International Diamond Trade project. He was co-author of The Heart of the Matter: Sierra Leone, Diamonds and Human Security ( Ottawa , 2000). 

Tom Goodfellow
Tom Goodfellow is Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. His research interests concern the political economy of urban development in Africa, the politics of the informal economy, urban conflict and violence, land governance, planning and housing. He is co-author of Cities and Development (Routledge, 2016) and has published in range of leading journals including Development and Change, Comparative Politics, Urban Studies, Geoforum, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Oxford Development Studies and Journal of Eastern African Studies. Prior to coming to Sheffield he taught International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also completed his PhD and was an Associate of the Crisis States Research Centre. He has acted as an advisor to Oxfam on urban development issues and provided policy analysis for a range of international organisations and government authorities in Africa.

Morten Jerven 
Morten Jerven is Associate Professor in Global Change and International Relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He is an economic historian, and has published widely on the patterns and the measurement of African economic development including a recent book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, published by Cornell University Press in 2013. Jerven’s second book, Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, 1965-1995, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. His third book,Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong was released by Zed Books in 2015. He has also edited Measuring African Development: Past and Present and Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development (the latter with Deborah Johnston) which were published by Routledge in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Tim Kelsall
Tim Kelsall is interested in cultures of accountability in Africa and the Third World and his research focuses on the areas of economic development and transitional justice, especially in Tanzania and Sierra Leone. He holds a PhD from the University of London (SOAS), has taught politics at the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle, and is a former editor of African Affairs. He is the author of Contentious Politics, Local Governance, and the Self: a Tanzanian case study (Nordic African Institute, Uppsala, 2005) and Culture Under Cross-Examination: International Justice and the Special Court for Sierra Leone(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), as well as several articles published in journals including Africa, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, the Review of International Studies, and Development Policy Review. He is currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working freelance as an Associate of the Africa, Power and Politics Programme (http://www.institutions-africa.org/) and as a Visiting Fellow of the War Crimes Studies Center, University of California at Berkeley.

Cherry Leonardi
Cherry Leonardi is a Senior Lecturer in African History at Durham University. Her book, Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of Chiefship, Community and State (James Currey, 2013), is the result of a doctoral and postdoctoral research project funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Institute in Eastern Africa and the British Academy. In 2010 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and in 2009-10 she was the lead researcher and author of a report on local justice in South Sudan for the US Institute of Peace and the Rift Valley Institute. Her current and future research focuses on issues of land and territoriality, and histories of trade and exchange in South Sudan.

David Maxwell
President of the African Studies Association UK,
Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History,
Faculty of History, Cambridge University, 
Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Peace Medie 
Peace A. Medie is a Research Fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana and an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow. She studies the enforcement of gender-based violence norms in Africa and civilian self-protection during conflict. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association and her findings have been published in African Affairs, International Studies Review, and Politics & Gender. She was awarded the 2012-2013 African Affairs African Author Prize.

Andreas Mehler
Andreas Mehler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg and director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute. He was the director the GIGA Institute of African Affairs (2002-2015). He is Co-Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Africa Spectrum and of the Africa Yearbook (Brill, Leiden). His fields of interest are peace processes in Africa south of the Sahara (particularly power-sharing pacts); Security, State and Statehood; and French and German Africa Policies. His articles have appeared in journals such as African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Armed Forces and Society or Ethnopolitics. He served in the boards of the Africa Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (2008-16) and the African Studies Association in Germany (2000-2016).

Laurie Nathan
Laurie Nathan (PhD, Cape Town) is Extraordinary Professor and Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria, where he teaches on international mediation. He is also Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, where he teaches on intelligence reform. His most recent books are Community of Insecurity: SADC’s Struggle for Peace and Security in Southern Africa (Ashgate, 2012) and Falls the Shadow: Between the Promise and the Reality of the South African Constitution (co-editor with Kristina Bentley and Richard Calland, University of Cape Town Press, 2013). He is a member of the UN Mediation Roster, the UN Academic Advisory Council on Mediation and the UN Roster of SSR Experts.

Nicoli Nattrass
Nicoli Nattrass is Professor of Economics and Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She obtained a BA from Stellenbosch University, an honours degree from UCT, a Masters degree from Natal University and a M.Sc and a D.Phil from Oxford. Her research interests include South African political economy, inequality, AIDS unemployment and the rollout of antiretroviral treatment. Recent books include The Moral Economy of AIDS in South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Class Race and Inequality in South Africa (Yale University Press, 2005, co-authored with Jeremy Seekings) and Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2007). 

Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Associate Professor and Head of Publications and Dissemination with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) since July 2003. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon, Botswana and South Africa, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana, where he was awarded the “Senior Arts Researcher of the Year” prize for 2003. His most recent books include Negotiating an Anglophone Identity (Brill, 2003), Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa (Zed Books, 2004), Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (Zed Books, 2005), Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (CODESRIA/ZED Books, 2006). Dr Nyamnjoh has published widely on globalisation, citizenship, media and the politics of identity in Africa. He has also published four novels, Mind Searching (1991), The Disillusioned African (1995), A Nose for Money (2006), Stories from Abakwa (2007) and Souls Forgotten (2008), and a play, The Convert (2003). Additionally, he has served as vice-president of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) from 1996-2003. For further details visit: www.nyamnjoh.com. 

Cyril Obi 
Cyril Obi is currently a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program, bringing his extensive research, networking and publishing experience on African peace, security and development to the Council. From January 2005-2011 he was a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he is an Associate Research Professor. In 2004 he was awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala. Dr. Obi is also a Research Associate to the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Visiting Scholar to the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, New York. Dr Obi is widely published internationally. He is also a Research Associate of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, and a Visiting Scholar to the Institute for African Studies, Columbia University, New York. His publications include, The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions, London and Uppsala; Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-Violence, London: Zed Books, 2011.
He has also recently contributed chapters to the following books: “Oil as the ‘Curse’ of Conflict in Africa: Peering through the Smoke and Mirrors”, in Rita Abrahamsen (ed.), Conflict and Security in Africa, Suffolk and New York: James Currey, 2013; “Africa’s International Relations beyond the State: Insights from Nigeria’s Niger Delta”, in, Tim Murithi (ed.), Handbook of Africa’s International Relations, Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2013, and “ECOWAS-AU Security Relations”, in James Hentz (ed.), Handbook of African Security, Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Stefano Ponte
Stefano Ponte is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, where he heads the research unit on ‘Global Economy, Regulation and Development’. Stefano is interested in the changing role of Africa in the global economy, the political economy of agro-food markets, and how ‘sustainability’ labels and corporate codes of conduct are shaping production and trade on the continent. He is the author of Farmers and Markets in Tanzania: How Market Reforms Affect Rural Livelihoods in Africa (James Currey, 2002) and the co-author of Trading Down: Africa, Value Chains and the Global Economy (Temple University Press, 2005) and The Coffee Paradox: Global Markets, Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development (Zed Books, 2005). His latest book Brand Aid: Celebrities, Consumption and Development (co-authored with Lisa Ann Richey) will appear with the University of Minnesota Press in late 2010. Stefano is an external lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen and has been a research associate at Sokoine University (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (South Africa).

Scott Straus
Scott Straus is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Straus is the author of two books on the Rwandan genocide: The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2006), and, with Robert Lyons, Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide (MIT/Zone Books, 2006). The Order of Genocide received the 2006 Award for Excellence in Political Science and Government from the Association of American Publishers and an Honorable Mention for the Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association. Straus also co-authored, with David Leonard, Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures (Lynne Rienner, 2003), and he translated Jean-Pierre Chrétien’s The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History (MIT/Zone, 2003). He has additionally published articles in World Politics, Politics & Society, Foreign Affairs, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Journal of Genocide Research, Patterns of Prejudice, and Wisconsin International Law Journal. Prior to entering academia, Straus was a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Aili Mari Tripp
Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tripp has published numerous books and articles on women’s movements in Africa and internationally, global feminism, gender and politics in Africa and globally, and on women in post-conflict African countries. She has published Museveni's Uganda:Paradoxes of Power (2010), co-authored a book with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa entitled African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009, and is author of Women and Politics in Uganda (2000) and Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania (1997). Tripp has edited and co-edited four other volumes including Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives. She co-edits a book series with Stanlie James on Women in Africa and the Diaspora for the University of Wisconsin Press.

Paul D. Williams
Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, USA. His main areas of research are theories of international security, contemporary British foreign policy, and peace operations. He is author of British Foreign Policy under New Labour, 1997-2005 (Palgrave-Macmillan 2005), co-author of Understanding Peacekeeping (Polity 2004, 2nd edn 2009), editor of Security Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2008), and co-editor of Africa in International Politics (Routledge 2004), Peace Operations and Global Order (Routledge 2005), and The New Multilateralism in South African Diplomacy (Palgrave-Macmillan 2006).

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