Ep40. A conversation with Abou Bamba on Françafrique, the Ivorian miracle, and more

To kick off Black History Month, this week’s episode features a conversation with historian Abou Bamba (@bambaab1), a professor at Gettysburg College, where he teaches courses in Africana Studies and History. We chat about his book, African Miracle African Mirage, which was published by Ohio University Press. … More Ep40. A conversation with Abou Bamba on Françafrique, the Ivorian miracle, and more

Ep39. A conversation with Lade Adunbi about oil wealth and cooperation in Nigeria

This week’s episode features a conversation with Omolade Adunbi (@LadeAdunbi), a political anthropologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. We talk about his award-winning book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2015. … More Ep39. A conversation with Lade Adunbi about oil wealth and cooperation in Nigeria

Ep38. A conversation with Cajetan Iheka on the environment in African literature

This week’s episode features a conversation with Cajetan Iheka (@profiheka), an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama. Iheka’s research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures and film, postcolonial studies, eco-criticism, and world literature. In Episode 38, we talk about his book, Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in … More Ep38. A conversation with Cajetan Iheka on the environment in African literature

Ep37. A conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane on the struggle for power in Zimbabwe

This week’s episode features a conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane (@ghkare). Dr. Karekwaivanane is a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and the author of The Struggle over State Power in Zimbabwe: Law and Politics Since 1950, recently published by Cambridge University Press. I spoke with George last week at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago. … More Ep37. A conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane on the struggle for power in Zimbabwe

Ep36. A conversation with Hilary Matfess on women and Boko Haram

In this week’s episode, I chat with Hilary Matfess (@HilaryMatfess), a doctoral student in political science at Yale University,  where she studies the intersection of conflict, governance, and gender. In our conversation, we talk about her new book, Women and the War on Boko Haram, which just came out this week.

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Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more

This week’s episode features a conversation with award-winning photojournalist and political activist Boniface Mwangi. Mwangi recently ran to be a member of parliament in Starehe constituency, which is in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Thanks to the efforts of friend of the podcast Dr. Chipo Dendere, Mwangi recently visited the Pioneer Valley to give a lecture at Amherst College. While he was here, I sat down with him and asked about his recent campaign for office and about his book, Unbounded, which features stories about his life juxtaposed with a sample of some of his amazing photography. In addition to being sold in Kenya, Unbounded is currently available in the United States via Amazon. Our conversation begins at 2:14. … More Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more