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Cyril Obi

Cyril Obi is currently a program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program, bringing his extensive research, networking and publishing experience on African peace, security, and development to the Council. From January 2005-2011 he was a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he is an associate research professor. In 2004 he was awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala. Dr. Obi is also a research associate of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a visiting scholar to the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Obi serves on the editorial boards of several reputable journals, including: African Affairs, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, African Security Review, International Political Science Review, African Journal of Democracy and Governance, African Journal of International Affairs, Governance in Africa, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, and Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation. He is also an international contributing editor to the Review of African Political Economy. His publications include The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions (London, 2010), with Fantu Cheru; Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-Violence (London: Zed Books, 2011), with Siri Aas Rustad; and a Special Issue of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014 (Indiana University Press), with T. Tieku and L. Scorgie-Porter. He also contributed articles to the following peer-reviewed journals: Review of African Political Economy (Vol. 41, No. 140, 2014), The Extractive Industries and Society (Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2014) and South African Journal of International Affairs (Vol. 22, Issue 2, 2015). Dr. Obi recently contributed a chapter, “Understanding the Resource Curse Effect: Instability and Violent Conflict in Africa” in Pamela Aall and Chester Crocker (eds.), Minding the Gap: Conflict Management in a Time of Change, Waterloo: CIGI, 2016. He is also the general editor of the Routledge book series on Peace, Conflict, and Security in Africa.

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Derek R. Peterson

Derek R. Peterson is Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of seven books, most recently African Print Cultures: Newspapers and their Publics in the 20th Century (with Stephanie Newell and Emma Hunter). His most recent single-authored book is Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival, which won the 2013 Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in African Studies; in the same year he was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is currently writing a book about post-colonial Uganda.

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Ruth Murambadoro

Ruth Murambadoro is a Junior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Prior to joining GovInn, Ruth was an assistant lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She completed her masters in Political Sciences with distinction in 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Her thesis examined the politicisation of reconciliation in Zimbabwe using a case study of the Nkayi District, in Matabeleland North Province. She received her honors degree in international relations and a bachelor of political sciences degree from the same university in 2012 and 2010, respectively. She also holds postgraduate certificates in conflict management, political psychology, post-conflict transitions, and international justice from the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) and the Central European University. She attended study exchange programs studying at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center, Italy and the Central European University, Budapest, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Ruth is a young scholar whose work has been recognised by the African Studies Association, USA and the African Studies Centre, Leiden. She received the African Studies Association Presidential Fellowship in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Africa Thesis Award in the same year. She is also a recipient of the African Pathways NIHSS-CODESRIA and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa doctoral fellowships.

Ruth is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, supervised by Dr Cori Wielenga and Prof Alois Mlambo. Her PhD study is examining tradition-based transitional justice and reconciliation processes among local communities in Zimbabwe. Ruth is interested in transitional justice, reconciliation, social cohesion, democracy, post-conflict recovery and political psychology of conflict stricken communities in Africa.

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Jean Allman

Jean Allman is the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and professor of history at Washington University. She is currently director of the Center for the Humanities. Allman’s research and published work engages nineteenth and twentieth century African history, with a focus on gender, colonialism, nation, and the post-colonial state and has been supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, and the Mellon Foundation. Allman received her B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. Before arriving at Washington University, Allman was professor of history at the University of Illinois and director of its Center for African Studies (a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center). She has also taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri.
Allman is the author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, “I Will Not Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with V. Tashjian), and Tongnaab: The History of a West African God (with J. Parker) and has edited and introduced several collections, including Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress. Allman’s articles have appeared in a number of journals, including the American Historical Review, Journal of African History, Africa, Gender and History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Women’s History, History Workshop Journal and Souls. For six years she edited the Journal of Women’s History with Antoinette Burton and currently co-edits Ohio’s New African Histories series with Allen Isaacman and Derek Peterson.

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Nwando Achebe

NWANDO ACHEBE is an award-winning author and professor of history at Michigan State University. She is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History. Achebe received her PhD from UCLA in 2000. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. Her first book, Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960 was published in 2005 (Heinemann). Achebe’s second book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (Indiana University Press, 2011), winner of three book awards—Aidoo-Snyder, Barbara “Penny” Kanner, and Gita Chaudhuri book awards—is a full-length critical biography on the only female warrant chief and king in British Africa. Achebe has received prestigious grants from Rockefeller Foundation, Wenner-Gren, Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright-Hays, Ford Foundation, World Health Organization, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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