Amy Niang

Amy Niang is a senior lecturer in international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a political scientist with interests in three broad areas, namely, the history of state formation and related ideas of sovereignty, statehood, community, and order, Africa’s International Relations, and the Geopolitics of the Sahel. She obtained an MA in political economy at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a PhD in politics and international relations at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Her dissertation examined state and social processes in the Voltaic region of West Africa between the 16th and 19th centuries. Dr. Niang is a recipient of an African Peacebuilding Network 2013 research grant.