Daniel E. Agbiboa is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Before joining the Harvard faculty, he was Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2017-2019) at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2017) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, under the research theme “Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Climate Change.”
Professor Agbiboa earned a PhD in International Development from the University of Oxford (St. Anthony’s College) as a Queen Elizabeth House Scholar, and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College) as a Cecil Renaud Scholar. Professor Agbiboa’s research and teaching focus on how state and nonstate forms of order and authority interpenetrate and shape each other, and the spatialization and materialization of mobility, power, and politics in contemporary African cities.
He is the author of They Eat Our Sweat: Transport Labor, Corruption, and Everyday Survival in Urban Nigeria (Oxford University Press, 2022, Finalist, GDS Best Book Award) and Mobility, Mobilization, and Counter/Insurgency: The Routes of Terror in an African Context (University of Michigan Press, 2022, Winner, 2022 International Studies Association (ISA) PEACE Best Global South Scholar Book Award); co-author of People, Predicaments and Potentials in Africa (Langaa RPCIG, 2021); and editor of Transport, Transgression and Politics in African Cities: The Rhythm of Chaos (Routledge, 2019). Professor Agbiboa’s publications appear in leading journals including Public Culture, Current History, Journal of Modern African Studies, African Affairs, African Studies Review, Third World Quarterly, Review of African Political Economy, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Professor Agbiboa is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Fellow of the Wilson Center, and Member of the MIT Seminar XXI. He is a recipient of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Award. His research has been supported by the UNDP, the World Bank Group, the International Association for Conflict Management, the Working Group in African Political Economy, the Global Center for Pluralism, the US Department of Education, and the Partnership for Social and Governance Research. Professor Agbiboa serves on the Editorial Review Board of the African Studies Review. He was Chair of the ASR Sub-committee on Co-Authorship from 2021 through 2022. He also serves on the Zed Africa Editorial Advisory Board for the Series on Politics and Society in Urban Africa.
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