Assistant Professor Of Political Science, Ohio University
I'm a political science 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 appeared in many academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Journal of Human Rights, 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.