Ep57. A conversation with Nicholas Kerr about Nigerian elections, citizens’ opinions about election quality, and more

Nigeria’s elections have been postponed, but that didn’t keep us from sharing our insightful conversation with Nicholas Kerr this week. Nicholas is an assistant professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. We talk about his research on electoral management bodies in Africa and in particular about his research on election management and popular perceptions of election quality in Nigeria. Our conversation begins at 10:06. … More Ep57. A conversation with Nicholas Kerr about Nigerian elections, citizens’ opinions about election quality, and more

Links this week: Decreasing democracy in Tanzania, Ghana responds to US visa sanctions, and more

We began our conversation this week on Tanzania and a proposed amendment to the Political Parties Act that would put opposition parties under greater scrutiny. This follows legislative moves to further stifle dissent. Here are the other stories and links featured in our newswrap segment as well as a few BONUS links: Political scientist Rachael McLellan (@RachaelMcLellan), wrote … More Links this week: Decreasing democracy in Tanzania, Ghana responds to US visa sanctions, and more

Ep56. A conversation with Dr. Anta Sané and Dr. Ndongo Symba Sylla about the Senegalese elections

This week’s episode opens with a conversation about increasing authoritarianism in Tanzania, the shutdown of an independent newspaper’s website in Uganda, fake news ahead of the Nigerian elections, and more. For this week’s conversation, Rachel spoke with Dr. Anta Sané and Dr. Ndongo Samba Sylla about the upcoming elections in Senegal. … More Ep56. A conversation with Dr. Anta Sané and Dr. Ndongo Symba Sylla about the Senegalese elections

Links roundup: Black History Month, elections throughout Africa, and more!

We’ve gotten a bit behind on sharing links to the last few episodes, so here’s a round-up of everything, starting with our most recent episode. In episode 55,  we invited listeners to check out our Black History Month series as we celebrate Black History Month, discuss a new feature film shot in Malawi, political developments … More Links roundup: Black History Month, elections throughout Africa, and more!

Ep55. A conversation with Ashley Currier on LGBTQ organizing in Africa

In this week’s episode, we speak with Ashley Currier, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. We asked her about her new book, Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa: Homophobia in Malawi. Her first book, Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa, was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Book Award. Our conversation begins at 9:44. … More Ep55. A conversation with Ashley Currier on LGBTQ organizing in Africa

Ep54. A conversation with Jaimie Bleck on elections in Africa, music in Mali, and more

This week’s episode begins with conversation about the Congolese elections, Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal in the International Criminal Court, and political jostling between the president and deputy president in Kenya. Our guest this week is Jaimie Bleck, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In this week’s episode, we talk about her latest book, written with Nicolas van de Walle, Electoral Politics in Africa Since 1990: Continuity in Change. From her new book, we learn about common trends among African candidates, African voters’ priorities, and the issues candidates campaign on in African elections. She also tells us about an exciting project she worked on with Malian musicians live-scoring a silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” at Notre Dame. Tune in to her segment at 9:09. … More Ep54. A conversation with Jaimie Bleck on elections in Africa, music in Mali, and more

Ep53. A conversation with Beth Whitaker on Africa’s international relations

This week’s episode begins with a discussion of protests and repression in Zimbabwe, the terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya, Senegal’s upcoming election, and the re-launch of the Africa Online Digital Library. Our guest this week is Beth Whitaker, an associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her research examines migration and security issues in Africa. We spoke with her about her new book, Africa’s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests during the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2018. Some topics we cover include diaspora voting (especially in Kenya) and refugees. Our conversation begins at 10:25. … More Ep53. A conversation with Beth Whitaker on Africa’s international relations