Dr. Zubairu Wai

Associate Professor & Acting Chair, Political Science

Department: 
Email: 
zwai@lakeheadu.ca
Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8791
Office Location: 
RB 2041
Academic Qualifications: 
  • BA Honours, (History), University of Sierra Leone
  • MA, (International Relations), International University of Japan
  • PhD, (Political Science), York
Research Interests: 

Dr. Zubairu Wai is Associate Professor, and Acting Chair of the Department of Political Science.  He is the award-winning author of Epistemologies of African Conflicts: Violence, Evolutionism and the War in Sierra Leone (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), [winner of the ATWS Toyin Falola Africa Book Award for 2013]. His research addresses questions about power, knowledge, identity, and representation in the discourses, and political economy of violence, conflicts, state building/formation, and international interventionism, as well as epistemological questions regarding the conditions of Africanist knowledge, and disciplinary practices in African Studies and International Relations.

 Some of his recent publications include:

Books

  • Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, (in Press), [Co-edited with Marta Iñiguez de Heredia]
  •  Epistemologies of African Conflicts: Violence, Evolutionism and the War in Sierra Leone. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. (Reissued in paperback, 2017) [Winner of the ATWS Toyin Falola Africa Book Award for 2013]

 Articles/Book Chapters

  •  ‘International Relations and the Discourse of State Failure in Africa.’ In Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure, edited by Marta Iñiguez de Heredia & Zubairu Wai, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2017 (in Press).
  •  ‘On the Predicament of Africanist Knowledge: Mudimbe, Gnosis and the Challenge of the Colonial Library,’ International Journal of Francophone Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2&3 (2015): 261–288
  •   ‘On the Banality of Violence: State, Power and the Everyday in Africa’ in Violence in/and the Great Lakes: The Thought of V.Y. Mudimbe and Beyond, edited by Grant Farred, Leonhard Praeg and Kaseraka Kavwahirehi, Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014.
  •   ‘Empire’s New Clothes: Africa, Liberal Interventionism and Contemporary World Order,’ Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 41, No. 142 (2014), pp. 483-499
  •   ‘Reconfiguring a Postcolonial State: Elections and the Challenge of Democratisation in Sierra Leone,’ Research in Sierra Leone Studies, Vol. 2, No.  1 (2014), pp. 1-32
  •   ‘Neo-patrimonialism and the discourse of state failure in Africa,’ Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 39, No. 131 (2012), pp. 27-43
  •   ‘Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone: The Role of the Sierra Leone Diasporas.’ In When the State fails: Studies on Intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War, edited by Tunde Zack-Williams, London: Pluto, 2012.
  •   ‘Elections as a Strategy for Democratization and Conflict Transformation? Liberal Peace and the 1996 Elections in Sierra Leone,’ African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, Vol. 5, No. 4 (2011), pp. 229-244