Timothy P. Longman

Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (2020-23); Acting Director, African Studies Center (2020-2021); Professor of International Relations and Political Science

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, Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press 2011), 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.

Professor Longman’s areas of expertise include politics of race and ethnicity, democratization, religion and politics, as well as women and politics.

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