Dr. Olabanji Akinola

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Law and Politics, Algoma University, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada.


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I am Dr. Olabanji Akinola, an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Law and Politics, Algoma University, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada; a Fellow of the Tchepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario, Canada; and a Member of the Social Protection and Policy Studies Research Group, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. I hold an interdisciplinary Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Political Science and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (2017, dissertation passed without any revision). I also hold a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Political Science  and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph (2011); a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies (Political Science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (2010); a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons.) degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (2007); and I have studied as a graduate exchange student at the Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (Fall 2009). Among other scholarships and awards in the past decade, I am the recipient of the inaugural Stephanie Daymond Award at the University of Guelph (2017), University of Guelph International Graduate Student Scholarship (2011, 2012, and 2013), and Doctoral Research Award of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (2012). 

My expertise are mainly in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Global Development, and I teach introductory and advanced level courses in these fields. Broadly, with regional specializations in the global south generally and Africa in particular, my research interests and projects relate to studying and understanding the politics, governance, and political economy of development at the local, national, and international levels. With more than twenty (20) single and co-authored publications in the past five years, I have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to knowledge in my areas of thematic and regional specializations through book chapters, journal articles, policy briefs, book reviews, essays, and occasional media appearances/interviews. Some of my most recent publications have appeared in peer reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Asian and African Studies, African Security, The Global South, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and in books such as Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on Development; Deliberative Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies: From Conflict to Common Grounds; and Understanding Boko Haram: Terrorism and Insurgency in Africa. My 2015 journal article titled, “Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: Between Islamic Fundamentalism, Politics, and Poverty” (African Security 8.1: 1-29) currently ranks as the fourth most read article published in African Security since 2008. It is also the most read and second most cited article published in the past five and three years, respectively, in the same journal. I am currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled, Steering State, Rowing Communities: Governing Conditional Cash Transfers through Community-Based Mechanisms in Nigeria.

Combined, my conceptual map of the academic profession as a knowledge entity as well as my understanding of my place within it as a teacher and scholar serve as inspirations that shape my inclusive approach to teaching, research, and service inside and outside the classroom. At the same time, conscious of the need to continuously engage in robust intellectual exchanges with academic and non-academic audiences, I regularly participate in robust intellectual engagements within and outside the academia. These include participation and engagements at high-level local and international conferences and workshops, including those organized and/or sponsored by United Nations agencies/organizations. I have participated in more than thirty (30) local and international conferences and workshops across the world in the past six years. Building on my passion for community service and engagement on and off-campus, I am a Co-founder of the Centre for Leadership and Community Development (CLCD). The CLCD is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, community engagement and participation among citizens (for more information about the CLCD, please visit www.clcd.ca).

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