Ep24. Dr. Zachariah Mampilly raises some important questions about studying African Politics in the West

In this week’s episode, we feature remarks by Dr. Zachariah Mampilly (@Ras_Karya), an Associate Professor of Political Science, International Studies, and Africana Studies at Vassar College. In 2012-2013, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during … More Ep24. Dr. Zachariah Mampilly raises some important questions about studying African Politics in the West

Links this week: Lesotho inauguration, deaths of African footballers, and more on Kenya’s elections

Here are a few of the things we shared in this week’s episode that featured a conversation with Dr. Kennedy Opalo (@kopalo) on the upcoming Kenyan elections: Lipolelo Thabane, the estranged wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, Thomas Thabane, was shot dead last week. Ms. Thabane was only 58, and she and her friend were travelling … More Links this week: Lesotho inauguration, deaths of African footballers, and more on Kenya’s elections

Ep23. A conversation with Dr. Ken Opalo on the Kenyan elections

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Kennedy Opalo (@kopalo), an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on the political economy of development, legislative development, and electoral politics in emerging democracies. Ken blogs regularly at his blog, An Africanist Perspective, and currently is writing a … More Ep23. A conversation with Dr. Ken Opalo on the Kenyan elections

Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more

Here are a few things we shared in this week’s episode: Thanks to an Africa is a Country film review by Sisonke Msimang (@Sisonkemsimang), we’ve got the documentary “Winnie” on our must-watch list. Msimang writes that the film “provides an in-depth look at the life and times of Winnie Mandela largely in her own words and in … More Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more

Links this week: inter-Africa travel, Zambia football, DRC film, and more

We hope you enjoyed this weekend’s episode with economist Souleymane Soumahoro. He mentions two books during our conversation: Todd Moss’s (@toddjmoss) Minute Zero and Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. We also chat about research by Nathan Nunn (@nnunn99) and Kimuli Kasara. See especially Kasara’s “Tax me if you can” paper and Nunn’s paper with … More Links this week: inter-Africa travel, Zambia football, DRC film, and more

Ep21. A conversation with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro on development and politics in Africa

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro (@soumduce), an economist currently consulting at the World Bank. Originally from Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Soumahoro earned his bachelor of arts degree in political economy from Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, his masters in economics at the Université D’Auverge in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and his … More Ep21. A conversation with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro on development and politics in Africa