Assistant Professor Of Political Science, Ohio University
I'm a political science and African studies professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, researching and teaching about religious and ethnic politics in West Africa (and particularly Nigeria). I've recently completed a book manuscript entitled Muslims Talking Politics: Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria that explores the impact of Islamic law implementation in 12 Nigerian states on popular perceptions of democracy and democratic effectiveness. I've been interviewed on-air by the BBC World Service and BBC 4 Radio and published in the Washington Post, and I provide briefings and analysis on political and religious affairs in Nigeria for numerous governmental agencies.
"Kendhammer retails libelous generalizations...is unarmed in the battle of ideas...resort[s] to the intellectual equivalent of thuggery...displays an embarrassing lack of a grasp of the facts on the ground in the Middle East...[engages in] stifling intellectual conformity [and] shallow propagandizing..."
Brandon Kendhammer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. He holds a B.A. in French and political science from Coe College and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His research and teaching interests are in the area of Nigerian politics, political Islam, and ethnic politics. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the politics of sharia (Islamic law) and democratization in northern Nigeria entitled Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Law, and Democracy in Nigeria. His most recent work focuses on the perils of ethno-religious powersharing in uncertain African democracies.
Dr. Kendhammer has lived and conducted research in Cameroon and Nigeria and was a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria in 2007-08, based at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto. His work has or will appear in Comparative Politics, Ethnopolitics, Journal of Human Rights, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is also the author of a USAID-funded report on countering Boko Haram’s violent extremism in northern Nigeria, and speaks regularly on this subject to government and international media.