Timothy P. Longman

Director of the African Studies Center
Associate Professor of Political Science

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B.A. Phillips University
M.A., PhD. University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Professor Longman’s current research focuses on state -society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. His new book,”Commanded by the Devil”: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda will be published by Cambridge University Press, and is based… Read more

Professor Longman’s current research focuses on state -society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. His new book,”Commanded by the Devil”: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda will be published by Cambridge University Press, and is based on his field research in Rwanda in 1992-1993, and 1995-1996. It argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

 

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  • Rwanda: Has reconciliation by legal means worked?

    April 8, 2014

    Washington Post “The Monkey Cage Blog” Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center This week marks 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Little that happened during that 100-day period in 1994 or in the years since is agreed upon by Rwandan policy makers, global diplomats and political scientists who […]

  • Perspective: Rwanda, 20 years after …

    April 4, 2014

    Tampa Bay Times Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Through the dust and darkness, you see them. The shadows of their lives — clothes, shoes and bones. In this Catholic church off a dirt road near Rwanda’s capital city, the genocide is at your feet… Expert quote: “They’re using the genocide as an […]

  • Kigeli V: A king who scorned corruption now lives exiled in Virginia

    April 4, 2014

    Communities Digital News Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Today, almost 238 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, a king lives in Virginia. He is not of England, or even Europe. Rather, his story began in one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most war-torn countries; Rwanda. Gradually, it played out westward until […]

  • Exclusive: Top Lawmaker Proposes Cuts to Rwanda Aid

    April 2, 2014

    Foreign Policy “The Cable Blog” Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center After a string of assassination attempts on Rwandan dissidents, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is proposing cuts to American aid to the central African country as part of a broader overhaul of Washington’s relationship with Kigali… Expert […]

  • Kigeli V: The king just off of Route 66

    March 31, 2014

    Communities Digital News Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center When most people think about a house fit for a king, chances are that they conjure images of a palace tucked between rolling hills in some faraway land… Expert quote: “Kigeli was….a son of King Yuhi Musinga, who was deposed in 1931.” […]

  • A King With No Country

    March 27, 2013

    Washingtonian Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center The last king of Rwanda lives in low-income housing, at a dead end between US Route 66 and State Route 655 in Oakton… Expert quote: “The monarchy amassed a lot of wealth in cattle and land, neither of which do you any good when […]

  • Ödesdag the Rwandan Pentecostal

    March 20, 2013

    Dagen Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Day met Timothy Longman, professor of political science and director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Boston. He has followed the development of the Pentecostal movement ADEPR in Rwanda, where the government seems to grab for greater control… View full […]

  • U.S. working out transfer of Congo war suspect to ICC

    March 19, 2013

    Reuters Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda was on Tuesday working out the logistics of transferring a Congolese warlord to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after Bosco Ntaganda walked off the street to face war crimes charges… Expert quote: “Accountability must not stop with […]

  • Kenya’s Defeated Candidate Asks Court for New Election

    March 16, 2013

    Bloomberg Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Kenya’s defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga petitioned the nation’s highest court to overturn Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in elections and clear the way for a new vote… Expert quote: “Given the stamp of approval given to the elections by most international and Kenyan observers, it […]

  • The Case Against Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame

    January 12, 2013

    The Daily Beast Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center When Rwandan-backed rebels recently took Goma, the biggest city in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Paul Kagame had every reason to think the world would give him a pass… View article

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