Ep51. A conversation with Lisa Mueller on protests in Africa

We begin this week’s episode with a conversation about elections slated for 2019, and important developments in the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also talk about current protests in Senegal and Sudan, which suits our conversation with this week’s guest, Lisa Mueller, an assistant professor of political science at Macalester College in Saint Paul Minnesota. Lisa is the author of a new book published by Cambridge University Press: Political Protest in Contemporary Africa. Kim spoke with her at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2018. Her segment begins at 8:32. … More Ep51. A conversation with Lisa Mueller on protests in Africa

Ep47. A conversation with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about student protests at KNUST in Ghana

Don’t miss our first episode featuring an interview conducted at the African Studies Association annual meeting last week. We chat with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about recent student protests at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where George is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies. Lauren was on campus during the protests visiting Ghana for research; she is the Arthur F. Bentley Chair and Professor of political science at Indiana University at Bloomington. 

In addition to telling the story of how the KNUST protests unfolded and the grievances students had that led to the protests, George and Lauren talk more broadly about what the protests (and state response) mean for academic freedom, democracy in Ghana, and more. Their segment begins at 6:51. … More Ep47. A conversation with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about student protests at KNUST in Ghana

Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

In this week’s conversation with Amy Halliday, Amy mentioned a few contemporary art resources of potential interest to our followers: ArtThrob is “South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication.” It is because of ArtThrob’s generous Creative Commons license that this week’s blog post features the work of Mary Sibande (@marysibande), who will receive Smithsonian African Artist award in … More Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more

This week’s episode featured a long conversation with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of The Mawazo Institute in Nairobi. Mawazo translates from Swahili to “ideas” and the institute’s broad goal is to support the next generation of African women leaders in knowledge production. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 31. … More Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more

Links this week: Kenya’s do-over election, Togo protests, Peace Corps pulls out of Burkina, and more

Happy Enkutatash, y’all. In this week’s episode, we chatted with Professor Landry Signé (@LandrySigne), a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, founding Chairman of the award-wining Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, and Professor of Political Science and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Our conversation was largely … More Links this week: Kenya’s do-over election, Togo protests, Peace Corps pulls out of Burkina, 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