September 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Wealth & Poverty Focus on Africa | Boko Haram Insurgency, Sept. 21


The Wealth & Poverty Focus on Africa series presents Dr. Brandon Kendhammer on “How Violence Impacts Development: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency” on Sept. 21 from 10:45-11:40 a.m. in Alden 1951 Lounge.

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Kendhammer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Acting Director of African Studies at Ohio University, speaks on the history and societal impact of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2009. He focuses in particular on the relationship between poverty, underdevelopment, and violence in Africa, and on the role of this long conflict on national and international efforts to foster poverty alleviation and human development in northern Nigeria, one of the poorest regions in West Africa.

Dr. Brendon Kendhammer

Dr. Brendon Kendhammer

Kendhammer holds a B.A. in French and political science from Coe College and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His research and teaching interests are in the area of Nigerian politics, political Islam, and ethnic politics. His forthcoming book, Muslims Talking Politics: Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria (University of Chicago Press), explores the emergence of popular demands for the expansion of Islamic law in new Muslim-majority democracies. His most recent work focuses on the perils of ethno-religious powersharing in uncertain African democracies, and he is also co-authoring a short history of the Boko Haram crisis. Dr. Kendhammer has lived and conducted research in Cameroon and Nigeria, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria in 2007-08, based at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto. His work has appeared in many academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Journal of Human Rights, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is also the co-author of a USAID-funded report on countering Boko Haram’s violent extremism in northern Nigeria, and speaks regularly on this subject to government and international media.

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