Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Paul Lubeck ─ The Political Demography of Boko Haram and the Northern Crisis

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Board Room

Paul Lubeck, Acting Director of the African Studies Program and Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Paul M. Lubeck is Acting Director of the African Studies Program and Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was the Founding Executive Director of the Everett Program for Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship (www.everettprogram.org) at UC Santa Cruz. His engagement with the challenge of African development began when organizing rural cooperatives in the Hausa-speaking villages of the Niger Republic. Subsequently, he has conducted field work in Muslim northern Nigeria for more than three decades. Lubeck’s research combines a nuanced understanding of Muslim beliefs and institutions with the analytic tools of regional political economy. He has written extensively on Muslim globalization processes, urban social movements, the African bourgeoisie, Islamist movements and regional economic development in Nigeria, Malaysia and Mexico. Lubeck’s current research focuses on the demographic and ecological origins of the northern Nigerian crisis as a foundation for formulating realistic regional strategies for economic and social recovery. Recently he formed a working group to promote employment generating investments in the northern states of Nigeria. His former affiliations include UC Santa Cruz, Bayero University, Ahmadu Bello University, the University of Ibadan, El Colegio de Mexico, the University of Malaya, the Centre for Democracy and Development (Abuja) and the Centre for Information Technology and Development (Kano). Professor Lubeck’s first book, Islam and Urban Labor in Northern Nigeria, was awarded the Herskovits Prize in 1987.

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