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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  • 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 […]

  • 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.” […]

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