Zubairu Wai, PhD

Associate Professor

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

Professor Wai's research focuses on questions about power, knowledge, identity, and representation in the discourses, and political economy of violence, conflicts, state formation, development, and international interventionism, as well as on epistemological questions regarding the conditions of Africanist knowledge, and disciplinary practices in African Studies and International Relations. 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], and co-editor (with Marta Iniguez de Heredia) of Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).

 His representative publications include:

Books

  • Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. [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

  • 'Africa in/and International Relations: An Introduction.' In Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure, edited by Marta Iñiguez de Heredia & Zubairu Wai, 1-29. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • ‘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, 31-58. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • 'On the Predicament of Africanist Knowledge: Mudimbe, Gnosis and the Challenge of the Colonial Library.' International Journal of Francophone Studies 18, nos. 2&3 (2015): 261-288
  • 'Empire's New Clothes: Africa, Liberal Interventionism, and Contemporary World Order.' Review of African Political Economy 41, no. 142 (2014): 483-499
  • ‘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, 128-160. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014.
  • 'Neo-Patrimonialism and the Discourse of State Failure in Africa.' Review of African Political Economy 39, no. 131 (2012):27-43
  • 'Elections as a Strategy for Conflict Transformation and Democratization? Liberal Peace and the 1996 Elections in Sierra Leone.' African Journal of Political Science and International Relations 5, no. 4 (2011): 229-244.
  • 'Whither African Development? A Preparatory for an Alternative African Reformulation of the Concept of Development.' Africa Development 32, 4 (2007): 71-98