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Associate Professor of Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science

Amy Niang joins The Africa Institute as an Associate Professor in Political Science. Her work has been published in journals such as International Relations; Alternatives; Politics; African Studies; African Economic History, Journal of Ritual Studies and in many edited collections.

Prior to her current position, she taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat, and has also held visiting positions and fellowships at the University of Sao Paulo, Princeton University, the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Michigan, the Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) amongst many other institutions. Niang holds a BA in International Relations (2005) and a MA in Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba (2007) and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (2011).

Currently, Amy Niang is on sabbatical for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.


Her research interests are broadly centred around the history of state formation and sovereignty, Africa’s international relations, and the history of geopolitics.


  • The Postcolonial African State in Transition: Stateness and Modes of Sovereignty (Washington D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
  • Lecocq, Baz., Niang, Amy, eds. Identités Sahéliennes en Temps de Crise:Histoires, Enjeux et Perspectives (2019)
  • Rashid, Ismail., Niang, Amy, eds. Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Theory, Fieldwork and Context (co-edited volume) (London: Routledge, 2020)