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The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The book asks why conflicts in Africa are sometimes ethnic and sometimes religious, even if the same groups are fighting. Using micro-level data from Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana and case examples from Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and Sudan, the book demonstrates that individuals have distinct preferences in different identity contexts, and that political leaders exploit those preferences to mobilize supporters around their own strategic interests.

Download the Introductory chapter here.

Cambridge University Press link

Amazon link

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The Consequences of Terrorism in Africa. 

This is a current book project that I am writing with support from the Global Religion Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. The book examines how terrorist attacks alter the political, religious, and economic lives of communities in Africa. Publication is anticipated in 2023.

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