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Wale Adebanwi

Wale Adebanwi

Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and Director, African Studies Centre
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St Antony's College

Wale Adebanwi is the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and the Director of the African Studies Centre since 2017. Before coming to Oxford, he was a professor on the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. He is a co-editor of AFRICA: Journal of the International African Institute, and former co-editor of Journal of Contemporary African Studies. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Modern African Studies and African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. He is a political scientist and anthropologist, with doctoral degrees in both disciplines from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Cambridge University, UK.

Research Interests

His research and teaching have focussed on the processes of the social mobilisation of interests and power, particularly as these manifest in and through ethnicity, nationalism, race and racialisation, culture, democratic politics and social thought.


Publications include Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning (UPR, 2016), Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency (CUP 2014), Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria (CAP, 2012). He has also (co-)edited seven books, the latest of which is The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa: Beyond the Margins (James Currey 2017).