Prof. Olufemi Vaughan

Amherst College, USA

Olufemi Vaughan received his PhD in politics from Oxford University in 1989. He is the Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College, and was recently appointed Henry Steele Commager Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. Femi Vaughan is the author and editor of ten books, over fifty scholarly articles, and many reviews, including the award-winning book Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000) and Religion and the Making of Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016). His articles are published in leading journal such as the Journal of African HistoryAfrican Affairs: the Journal of the Royal African SocietyJournal of Commonwealth and Comparative PoliticsJournal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Modern African StudiesAmerican Historical ReviewJournal of Canadian History, and Canadian Journal of African Studies. He is also a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Methods, Sources, and Historiography in African History, and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Nigeria. Prior to his tenure at Bowdoin College, Femi Vaughan was Professor of Africana Studies and History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he also served as the associate provost of the university, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the College of Global Studies. His professional honors and awards include a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellowship, a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Distinguished Scholar’s Award from the Association of Third World Studies.