Dr. Brandon Kendhammer
Brandon Kendhammer
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of International Development Studies
Ohio University
Athens, OH


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.