Timothy P. Longman

Director of the African Studies Center
Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences

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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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  • Undemocratic Democracies in Rwanda and Central Africa

    December 10, 2015

    Council on Foreign Relations Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Just this past month, Rwandan President Paul Kagame followed neighboring rulers in Burundi, the Republic of Congo, and Togo to become the latest long-serving African ruler this year toattempt to extend his hold on power for a third term… Expert quote: […]

  • No limits? Rwandan ruling shows how African leaders can stay in power

    October 8, 2015

    Christian Science Monitor Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences Rumors that Rwandan President Paul Kagame may seek a third term in office first started in 2013… Expert quote: “Leaders in Burundi, Burkina Faso, and Congo have tried to extend their terms, but there has been enough political space to rise up and protest.” View […]

  • United States Watching Burundi With ‘Great Concern,’ As US-Trained Soldiers Take Prominent Role

    May 14, 2015

    International Business Times Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center, Pardee School of Global Studies There’s been a possible coup in Burundi, and what happens next could reverberate throughout Africa. But there is another party likely watching very closely what goes on — the White House… Expert quote: “It was clear that […]

  • Who Is Godefroid Niyombare? Meet The Burundi Army General Who Declared A Coup To Oust President Pierre Nkurunziza

    May 13, 2015

    International Business Times Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Burundi government forces were reportedly on the hunt for Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, who declared a coup Wednesday to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza after weeks of political and social unrest… Expert quote: “Both motives are probably relevant. But the Burundi army has […]

  • Burundi Army General Says President Has Been Ousted

    May 13, 2015

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center A Burundian general declared a coup Wednesday against the country’s president while he was out of the country for a regional summit—prompting both street celebrations and fear over what the move might mean in a volatile region… Expert quote: “If […]

  • Did the US ignore warnings before the Rwanda genocide?

    April 8, 2015

    BBC World News Service Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center Listen to audio of expert Timothy Longman

  • What did the Clinton administration know about Rwanda?

    April 6, 2015

    Washington Post “Monkey Cage Blog” By Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center This week marks 21 years since the onset of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which more than 500,000 people, mostly members of the Tutsi ethnic minority, were slaughtered… View full article by expert Timothy Longman

  • The Blood Cries Out

    March 27, 2015

    Foreign Policy Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center In one of Africa’s most densely populated countries, brothers are killing brothers over the right to farm mere acres of earth. There’s just not enough land to go around in Burundi — and it could push the country into civil war… Expert quote: […]

  • Longman Briefs Rwanda Ambassador

    January 22, 2015

    Press Zoom Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences Timothy Longman, associate professor of Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently traveled to Washington to brief the newly confirmed ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks Ruggles… Expert quote: “These events are an important opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas […]

  • Boko Haram kidnapped Nigeria schoolgirls likely facing forced labor, sexual assault

    December 24, 2014

    Washington Times Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center The capture of nearly 300 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram energized the international community this year, spawning an international awareness campaign that generated about 4 million tweets, including one from first lady Michelle Obama… Expert quote: “Frankly, there is […]

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