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.