Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo and Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand

I'm a political scientist with broad research interests in state formation, the international relations of Africa and the geopolitics of the Sahel.

I joined the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 after completing an MA in Political Economy at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK. My dissertation examined state and social processes in the Voltaic region of West Africa between the 16th and 19th Centuries.

Research interests and areas of supervision
International Relations Theories
State Formation
Africa’s international relations
West African Politics
The Geopolitics of the Sahel

Awards and grants
Fung Global Fellow, University of Princeton (2015-2016)
Mercator Fellowship, Martin Luther University, Germany (2015/2016)
African Humanities Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2014/2015)
African Presidential Scholarship, University of Michigan (2014/2015)
Promotion Grant, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand (2014/2015)
African Peace Network Research Grant, Social Science Research Council (2012/2013)
Ad-hoc Grant, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand (2011/2012)
INTR3012 Transnational Issues in Global Politics
INTR3029 Theory and Methods
INTR3021 Africa’s International Relations
INTR7067 Advanced Theory in International Relations


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2011 
    University of Edinburgh, Politics and International Relations