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Daniel Eizenga
Doctoral Candidate/Associate Researcher
University of Florida - Sahel Research Group
Dan Eizenga is a political scientist studying the intersection of Islam, governance, civil military relations, and democratization in the Francophone African Sahel.
Gainesville, Florida

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Daniel Eizenga
Doctoral Candidate/Associate Researcher
University of Florida - Sahel Research Group
Dan Eizenga is a political scientist studying the intersection of Islam, governance, civil military relations, and democratization in the Francophone African Sahel.
Gainesville, Florida

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Dan Eizenga is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. He was a researcher for the Sahel Research Group's Minerva Initiative grant focusing on institutional reform, social change and stability in the Sahel (2012-2016), and has served as research assistant to the Sahel Seminar and the Islam in Africa working group at the University's Title VI funded Center for African Studies. He also teaches courses for both the Center for African Studies and the Department of Political Science.

Dan has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Francophone African Sahel, primarily in Burkina Faso, Chad and Senegal, where he spent eighteen consecutive months for his dissertation research. His dissertation examines how different configurations of political institutions, civil-military relations and traditional institutions attempt to manage pressures from civil society for greater liberalization in the contemporary political regimes of Burkina Faso, Chad, and Senegal.

He has also conducted research on Countering Violent Extremism as a consultant on Burkina Faso and Chad. His broader academic research interests are on electoral authoritarian regimes in sub-Saharan Africa, Islam and politics, and democratization.
Languages spoken
Arabic
English
French

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