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Brandon Kendhammer 
Asst. Professor

215 Bentley Annex

Brandon Kendhammer is Assistant Professor of Political Science and affiliate of the African Studies program at Ohio University. He received a B.A. in French and political science from Coe College (2003), and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010).  Dr. Kendhammer has lived and conducted research in Cameroon and Nigeria, and in 2007-8 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Nigeria, based at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto. 

His research and teaching interests are in the area of comparative and African politics, particularly Nigerian politics, politics and culture, political Islam, and democratization. His book on the politics of sharia (Islamic law) and democratization in Nigeria - entitled Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Law, and Democracy in Nigeria - is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, and his recent work explores the impact of ethnically-based powersharing institutions on democratic outcomes in West Africa. He is also preparing a book manuscript on the Boko Haram insurgency and its impact on Nigerian politics and society. His essays have appeared in Current HistoryNationalism & Ethnic Conflict, EthnopoliticsComparative Politics, Journal of Human Rights, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics and Ethnic and Racial Studies. 

A frequent commentator on West African affairs, Dr. Kendhammer has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Television, and in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. He has consulted for USAID, and provides lectures and analysis on Nigerian affairs for numerous US governmental agencies.

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