Ep59. A conversation with Matt Buehler on how governments spoil opposition alliances in North Africa

This week’s episode features a lot of discussion on North Africa. In the news wrap, we cover the protests in Algeria and Sudan (as well as election results in Senegal and Nigeria). Our featured conversation for this week’s episode is with Matt Buehler, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee and Global Security Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Matt talks about his new book, Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa.  … More Ep59. A conversation with Matt Buehler on how governments spoil opposition alliances in North Africa

Ep58. A conversation with Wendell Marsh on the history (and modernity) of Islam and the African world

This week’s conversation is with Wendell Marsh (@theafrabian), an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Buffet Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. He conducts research and teaches on the encounter of Islam and the African world as mediated in Arabic and vernacular texts. His segment begins at 12:21. … More Ep58. A conversation with Wendell Marsh on the history (and modernity) of Islam and the African world

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

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

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