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Current List of Books Available for Review

Achebe, Nwando and Claire Robertson, eds. 2019. Holding the World Together: African Women in Changing Perspective. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Agyekum, Humphrey Asamoah. 2019. From Bullies to Officers and Gentlemen: How Notions of Professionalism and Civility Transformed the Ghana Armed Forces. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Alao, Abiodun. 2020. A New Narrative for Africa: Voice and Agency. New York: Routledge.

Allan, Joanna. 2019. Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Amoah, Michael. 2019. The New Pan-Africanism : Globalism and the Nation State in Africa. London: I.B. Tauris

Ayee, Joseph R. A. 2019. Politics, Governance, and Development in Ghana. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Balogun, Oluwakemi M. and Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, Habib Iddrisu, eds. 2019. Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Bangura, Abdul Karim. 2019. Falolaism : The Epistemologies and Methodologies of Africana Knowledge. African World Series. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, LLC.

Bank, Leslie J., Dorrit Posel, and Francis Wilson, eds. 2020. Migrant Labour after Apartheid: The Inside Story. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Bekele, Gashawbeza W. and Adebayo Oyebade, eds. 2019. Africa in the Twenty-First Century: The Promise of Development and Democratization. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bellucci, Stefano and Andreas Eckert, eds. 2019. General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th-21st Centuries. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Berliner, Paul F. 2020. The Art of Mbira: Musical Inheritance and Legacy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Bernault, Florence. 2019. Colonial Transactions : Imaginaries, Bodies, and Histories in Gabon. Theory in Forms. Durham: Duke University Press.  

Bewaji, John Ayotunde Isola and Adedoyin Aguoru, eds. 2019. Identity Re-Creation in Global African Encounters. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Bisschoff, Lizelle and Setfanie Van de Peer (eds.). 2020. Women in African Cinema: Beyond the Body Politic. New York: Routledge.

Blyden, Nemata Amelia Ibitayo. 2019. African Americans and Africa: A New History. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Boetie, Dugmore. (1969) 2020. Familiarity is the Kingdom of the Lost or Tshotsholoza. Edited by Vusumuzi R. Kumalo and Benjamin N. Lawrance with a foreword by Nadine Gordimer, introduction by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Vusumuzi R. Kumalo, and an afterword by Barney Simon. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Boulbina, Seloua Luste. 2019. Kafka’s Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa. Translated by Laura E. Hengehold. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Branström, Per. 2021. Mhola—The Utopia of Peace: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Sungusungu  Movement in Tanzania.  Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology 59. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.

Bucaille, Lætitia. 2019. Making Peace with Your Enemy: Algerian, French, and South African Ex-Combatants. Trans. Ethan Rundell. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Butler, Anthony. 2019. Cyril Ramaphosa: The Road to Presidential Power. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Charman, A., L. Petersen, and T. Govender. 2020. Township Economy: People, Spaces and Practices. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Christensen, Darin and David D. Laitin. 2019. African States Since Independence: Order, Development, & Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Clark, Msia Kibona, Phiwokuhle Mnyandu, and Loy L. Azalia. 2019. Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Clarke, Kamari Maxine. 2019. Affective Justice : The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Durham: Duke University Press.

Clevenger, Casey Ritchie. 2020. Unequal Partners: In Search of Transnational Catholic Sisterhood. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cloete, Elene, Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov, and Mariah C. Stember, eds. 2021. African Women and Their Networks of Support: Intervening Connections. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Coe, Cati. 2019. The New American Servitude : Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers. Anthropologies of American Medicine. New York: New York University Press.

Collins, Sheila D. 2020. Ubuntu: George M. Houser and the Struggle for Peace and Freedom on Two Continents. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Connell, Dan, ed. 2019. Historical Dictionary of Eritrea, Third Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Cooper, Linda, and Sheri Hamilton, eds. 2020. Renewing Workers' Education: A Radical Vision. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Corey-Boulet, Robbie. 2019. Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Dave, Nomi. 2019. The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

De Maio, Jennifer L., Suzanne Scheld, and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel, eds. 2019. Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Diagne, Souleymane Bachir, and Jean-Loup Amselle. 2020. In Search of Africa(s): Universalism and Decolonial Thought. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Dwyer, Maggie, and Thomas Molony, eds. 2019. Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship, and Security. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Ekotto, Frieda, ed. 2019. Nimrod: Selected Writings. Translated by Dawn Cornelio et al., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Erlich, Haggai. 2019. Haile Selassie: His Rise, His Fall. Boulder, CO: Lynne-Rienner

Frimpong, Augustine Adu. 2020. Life Expectancy in Africa: Improving Public Health Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Gagliardone, Iginio. 2019. China, Africa and the Future of the Internet. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Gez, Yonatan N., Yvan Droz, Jeanne Rey, and Edio Soares. 2021. Butinage: The Art of Religious Mobility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Goodman, Jane E. 2020. Staging Cultural Encounters: Algerian Actors Tour the United States. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Grant, Andrea Mariko, and Yolana Pringle. 2021. Anexiety in and about Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches. Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Green, Lesley. 2020. Rock /̳ Water /̳ Life : Ecology & Humanities for a Decolonial South Africa. Durham: Duke University Press.

Green, Toby. 2019. A Fistful of Shells : West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Griffiths, Anne M. O. 2019. Transformations on the Ground: Space and the Power of Land in Botswana. Bloomington, IU Press.

Guseh, James S. and Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor. 2019. Governance and Democracy in Africa: Regional and Continental Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hagberg, Sten (ed.). 2019. Sécurité par le bas: Perceptions et perspectives citoyennes des défis de sécurité au Burkina Faso. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 5. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala Universitet.

Hagberg, Sten, Ludovic O. Kilbora, and Gabriella Körling, eds. 2019. Démocratie par le bas et politique municipale au Sahel. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 4. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University Press.

Hagberg, Sten, Ludovic O. Kibora, Bintou Koné, Adjara Konkobo, Eulalie Zongo, Sidi Barry, Yacouba Cissao, and Pascaline Kaboré. 2021. “Femmes de devant!” Combat du leadership féminin au Burkina Faso. Uppsala Papers in African Studies 6. Uppsala: Uppsala University.

Hays, Patricia and Gary Minkley, eds. 2019. Ambivalent: Photography and Visibility in African History. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Ibreck, Rachel. 2019. South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Idrissa, Rahmane. 2020. Historical Dictionary of Niger, Fifth Edition. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Isaacman, Allen F., and Barbara S. Isaacman. 2020. Mozambique's Samora Machel: A Life Cut Short. With a Forward by Albie Sachs. Ohio Short Histories of Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Jacobs, Sean. 2019. Media in Postapartheid South Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Jalata, Asafa. 2020. The Oromo Movement and Imperial Politics: Culture and Ideology in Oromia and Ethiopia. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Johnson, Lamar L., Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith. 2019. African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Kalu, Kenneth and Toyin Falola, eds. 2019. Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora. London: Routledge.  

Kanbur, Ravi, Akbar Noman, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, eds. 2019. The Quality of Growth in Africa. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Kelly, Catherine Lena. 2020. Party Proliferation and Political Contestation in Africa: Senegal in Contemporary Perspective. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Kimonyo, Jean-Paul. 2019. Transforming Rwanda: Challenges on the Road to Reconstruction. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.   

Livingston, Julie. 2019. Self-Devouring Growth : A Planetary Parable As Told from Southern Africa. Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography. Durham: Duke University Press.

M’baye, Babacar, and Besi Brillian Muhonja, eds. 2019. Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies: Critical Perspectives and Methods. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Maathai, Wangari. 2020. Wangari Maathai’s Registers of Freedom. Grace A. Musila, ed. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.

Mack, John. 2019. The Artfulness of Death in Africa. London, UK: Reaktion Books.

Maiangwa, Benjamin. 2020. The Crisis of Belonging and Ethnographies of Peacebuilding in Kaduna State, Nigeria. With a foreword by Dominic James Aboi. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Mains, Daniel. 2019. Under Construction : Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia. Durham: Duke University Press.

Malka, Haim. Ed. 2020. Faith in the Balance: Regulating Religious Affairs in Africa. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Matolino, Bernard. 2019. Afro-Communitarian Democracy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Meier, Helmut. 2019. British Discourse on Slavery (1784–1824) and the Image of Africans. Stuttgart, Germany: ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press.

Mills, Greg, Olusegun Obasanjo, Tendai Biti, and Jeffrey Herbst. 2019. Democracy Works: Turning Politics to Africa’s Advantage. London: Hurst & Company.

Mkhwanazi, Nolwazi, and Lenore Manderson, eds. 2020. Connected Lives: Families, Households, Health and Care in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Moorman, Marissa J. 2019. Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931–2002. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Moskowitz, Kara. 2019. Seeing Like a Citizen: Decolonization, Development, and the Making of Kenya, 1945–1980. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Muaka, Leonard and Esther Mukewa Lisanza, eds. 2019. Language in Contemporary African Cultures and Societies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Murphy, Crystal. 2019. Microcredit Meltdown: The Rise and Fall of South Sudan’s Post-Conflict Microcredit Sector. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Musoni, Francis, Iddah Otieno, Angene Wilson, and Jack Wilson. 2019. Voices of African Immigrants in Kentucky: Migration, Identity, and Transnationality. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu and Kate Meagher (eds.). 2020. Overcoming Boko Haram: Faith, Society, & Islamic Radicalization in Northern Nigeria. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer Inc.

Ndletyana, Mcebisi. 2020. Anatomy of the ANC in Power: Insights from Port Elizabeth, 1990–2019. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Noret, Joël (ed.). 2020. Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches. New York: Berghan Books.

Ogude, James. Ed. 2019. Ubuntu and the Reconstitution of Community. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Okech, Awino. 2019. Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya. London: Routledge.

Onditi, Francis, Gilad Ben-Nun, Cristina D’Alessandro, and Zach Levey, eds. 2019. Contemporary Africa and the Foreseeable World Order. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Pauli, Julia. 2019. The Decline of Marriage in Namibia: Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Piot, Charles, and Kodjo Nicolas Batema. 2019. The Fixer : Visa Lottery Chronicles. A Theory in Forms Book. Durham: Duke University Press.

Potts, David, ed. 2019. Tanzanian Development: A Comparative Perspective. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Reddy, Vasu, Narnia Bohler-Muller, Gregory Houston, Maxi Schoeman, and Heather Thuynsma, eds. 2020. The Fabric of Dissent: Public Intellectuals in South Africa. Cape Town: BestRed.

Redmond, Shana L. 2020. Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 

Rotberg, Robert (ed.). 2020. Things come Together: Africans Achieving Greatness in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP.

Rubbers, Benjamin and Alessandro Jedlowski, eds. 2020. Regimes of Responsibility in Africa: Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts. New York: Berghahn Books.

Rutagengwa, Jean Bosco. 2019.  Love Prevails: One Couple’s Story of Faith and Survival in the Rwandan Genocide. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.     

Schraeder, Peter J., ed. 2020. Understanding Contemporary Africa, 6th ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

Schraten, Jürgen. 2020. Credit and Debt in an Unequal Society: Establishing a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa. New York: Berghahn Books.

Schroven, Anita. 2019. Playing the Marginality Game: Identity Politics in West Africa. New York: Berghahn Books. 

Scott, Guy. 2019. Adventures in Zambian Politics: A Story in Black and White. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Seely, Jennifer C., and Samuel Decalo. 2021. Historical Dictionary of Togo. 4th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Seibert, Gerhard and Paulo Fagundes Visentini, eds. 2019. Brazil-Africa Relations: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Engagements from the 1960s to the Present. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Seminega, Tharcisse. 2019. No Greater Love: How My Family Survived the Genocide in Rwanda. Davenport, IA: GM&A.

Shelter, Jan Bender. 2019. Claiming Civic Virtue: Gendered Network Memory in the Mara Region, Tanzania. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Smith, Maya Angela. 2019. Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 

Smith, Stephen. 2019. The Scramble for Europe: Young Africa on its Way to the Old Continent. Medford, MA: Polity Press.

Springborg, Robert. 2020. Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Staller, Jared. 2019. Converging on Cannibals: Terrors of Slaving in Atlantic Africa, 1509–1670. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Tella, Oluwaseun, and Shireen Motala, eds. 2020. From Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Transforming Humanities Curricula in South Africa, Africa and African-American Studies. Auckland Park, South Africa: Fanele.

Thakur, Vineet, and Peter Vale. 2020. South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Toussaint, Éric. 2019. The Debt System: A History of Sovereign Debts and Their Repudiation. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Vilakazi, Thando, Sumayya Goga, and Simon Roberts, eds. 2020. Opening the South African Economy: Barriers to Entry and Competition. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Villalón, Leonardo A. and Rahmane Idrissa (eds.). 2020. Democratic Struggle, Institutional Reform, and State Resilience in the African Sahel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Waetjen, Thembisa (ed.). 2019. Opiods in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.

Young, John. 2019. South Sudan's Civil War: Violence, Insurgency and Failed Peacemaking. London, UK: Zed Books.

Záhořík, Jan. 2019. Inequalities and Conflicts in Modern and Contemporary African History: A Comparative Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.