Dr. Brandon Kendhammer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Development Studies 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.
Kendhammer’s research focuses on issues of religion, identity, violence, and democracy in West Africa. He is the author of Muslims Talking Politics: Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Boko Haram (w/Carmen McCain, Ohio University Press, 2018), and many articles and chapters. 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. He is also the co-author of a USAID-funded report on countering Boko Haram’s violent extremism in northern Nigeria and a USIP-funded report on violent extremism and higher education in Cameroon. He speaks regularly on these subjects to government and international media.