Timothy Longman

Timothy Longman is director of the African Studies Center and associate professor of political science and international relations at Boston University. He also serves as the Chair of the Council of Directors in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at BU. Professor Longman’s research interests center on state-society relations, focusing in particular on religion and politics, human rights, transitional justice, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender. His book Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, and his book Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda, will be published by Cambridge in 2016. He has previously held research and teaching positions at Vassar College, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the National University of Rwanda, the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Professor Longman has served as a consultant in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo for USAID, the Department of Justice, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Human Rights Watch, for whom he served as director of the Rwanda field office 1995-1996. He has conducted research in Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa. Courses he teaches include International Human Rights, Transitional Justice, African Politics, Southern African Politics, Religion and African Politics, and Introduction to Comparative Politics.