Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change. 2015. African Arguments, Zed Press. Co-written with Adam Branch.

The complete list of protests and newspaper sources is available for download here: Popular Protests in Africa 2005-2014 

Listen to a podcast  with New Books in Political Science.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

Reviews: Helen Epstein in New York Review of Books, Rebecca Davis in Daily MaverickSamantha Spooner in Mail and Guardian AfricaKen Olende in Socialist Review, Jonathan Silver in Africa at LSEJoschka Phillips in Africa SpectrumJanet Levine in New York Journal of Books, Lauren Sneyd in Africa TodaySenzwesihle Ngubane in African Journal on Conflict Resolution, Ruchi Chaturvedi in International Journal of Politics, Culture and SocietyMarta Iniguez de Heredia in Africa Review of Books, Jose Manuel Maroto Blanco in Historia Actual

Recommended by the International Peace Institute and the Monkey Cage’s Middle East and Africa annual reading lists.

Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War. 
2011. Cornell University Press.

Reviews: Kristin Bakke in Perspectives on PoliticsFelipe Reyntjens in H-Net Online, William Reno in African Studies Review, Nancy Bermeo in Journal of Modern African Studies, Reed Wood in Journal of Politics, Juan Masullo in Global PolicyKristian Berg Harpviken in Journal of Peace ResearchYvan Guichaoua in Politique Africaine.



Rebel Governance in Civil War. 2015. Co-edited with Ana Arjona and Nelson Kasfir. Cambridge University Press. 

Features original contributions from Francisco Gutierrez Sanin, Stathis Kalyvas, Will Reno, Till Foerster, Timothy Wickham-Crowley and others.




coverimagePeacemaking: From Practice to Theory. 2011. Co-edited with Andrea Bartoli and Susan Allen Nan. Praeger Society International.

“Accursed by Man, Not God: The Fight for Tanzania’s Gas Lands.” Warscapes. October 2013. 

Kiswahili version: “Laana ya Binadamu, Sio Mungu: Mapigano Ya Ardhi zenye Gesi Tanzania.” February 2014.

“Urban Protests and Rural Violence in Africa: A Call for an Integrated Approach.” African Futures (SSRC). February, 2013. 

“When Insurgents Rule.” Berfrois. November 2011.

“Witnessing the Birth of a Nation in Southern Sudan.” The Root. January 2011.

“Behind Uganda’s World Cup Terror Blasts.” The Root. July 2010.

“Sudan’s Elections and The Prospects for Peace” The Root. April 2010.

“What the U.S. can do for Congo?” The Root. August 2009.

“M.I.A.’s Latest Hit: Save Sri Lanka.” The Root. March 2009.

“Sudan on the Rebound?” December 2008.

“Organizing for Obama.” SAMAR Magazine 28. February 2008.

“The Labeling of a Genocide: Who wins? In The Fray. April 2007.

“The Pitfalls of Desi Consciousness.” Shabhash Version. 2.0. April 2005

“Engaging Rebels in Reconstruction Efforts.” Tamil Net. January 2005.

“When will the Congo Find Peace?” 2004.  African Renaissance 1 (2).

“Uganda’s Hidden War.” April 2004.

Everybody Wants a Piece of Sudan.” March 2004.

“Kith and Kinship: A Memorial for Philippe Wamba.” In the Fray. September 2002

“Gentrification and Resistance in Gullah Country.” September 2002.

“Black like me: On Being Post-South Asian.” In The Fray. November 2001.” 

“New Exhibit Highlights Kenyan Asians.” April 2000.

“Reviving the South Movement.” April 2000.

“East Africa Reborn.” March 2000.

“Foes or Allies?: African American / South Asian relations.” March 2000.

“Indian Ocean Trade Association Helps Link Africa, Asia.” March 2000.

“Ivory Coast: New Vision or Same Old Story?” March 2000.

“The African Diaspora of the Indian Subcontinent.” January 2000.


“‘Protest is always hopeful’: Examining the third wave of popular protest in Africa.” Interview with Kim Yi Dionne for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, June 2015.  

“Reexamining Rebellion.” Vassar Quarterly, Interview conducted by Glen Johnson, January 2014.

“What will make the Libyan rebels’ government-building attempts successful?”Christian Science Monitor, Interview conducted by Laura Seay, September 2011.

“Charting the History: The Lost Boyz Concert of 1998” The Umma Project, Interview conducted by Seth Markle, August 2007.

“Beyond the Black Panthers: An Interview with Kathleen Cleaver., April 2001.


“Review of Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa by Scott Straus.” 2016. Journal of Modern African Studies. 

“Roundtable on Alliance Formation in Civil Wars by Fotini Christia.” 2013. H-Diplo | ISSF Roundtable, Volume VI, No. 2.

“Review of Governance Without a State: Policies and Politics in Areas of Limited Statehood.” 2012. Perspectives on Politics.

“A Commentary on Severine Autesserre’s The Trouble with Congo.” 2011. African Security Review.

“Review of Civil Militia: Africa’s Intractable Security Menace.” 2007. African Affairs.


Stationary Bandits: Understanding Rebel Governance. 2007. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles.