Senior Lecturer in African Studies, University of Birmingham

My research focuses on Nigeria and especially on Yoruba history, culture and politics. I am currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of an ERC Grant with the title 'Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria,' based both at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and at Osun State University (UNIOSUN) in Nigeria. This research explores the relationships between Yoruba Muslims, Christians and traditionalists, and it investigates how the encounter with religious difference - rather than religion alone - shapes pepoles' social identities and attitudes towards each other (for more information, see our project website).

I am currently the Vice President (2013-16) of the United Kingdom Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA), where I represent African Studies. I also work as the Projects Officer (2012-14) of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), where I am responsible for the association's Writing Workshop Programme for early careers Africanist researchers.

I am the Reviews Editor and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in African Studies, University of Birmingham