Graduate degrees in social anthropology and political science. Specialization in global development, with focus on Africa. Field research in UK, Kenya, and Ghana. Visiting appointments at Universities of Pennsylvania, Cape Town, Nairobi, ANU, Melbourne, and Cambridge. Smuts University Research Fellow, Cambridge 2012-13.
President, Canadian Association of African Studies, 1990-91, President, African Studies Association of the US, 2004-05.
Director and Principal Investigator, Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Program, 2006-12
Author and co-author of three books, co-editor of five collections, author of more than fifty published articles and chapters
Gregory Book Prize in African Studies, CAAS, 1991; Reese Memorial Prize in Commonwealth Studies, Insititute of Commnwealth Stucies, London, 1994