I studied political science as an undergraduate at Yale University and then received a Ph.D. in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan in 2000. Before coming to Manchester in January 2006, I taught for five years in the history department at Tulane University.
I am an expert in the history and culture of northern Nigeria and have consulted on issues of human rights, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria.
I have provided expert testimony and consultation in immigration cases in the United Kingdom and United States. Additionally, I have appeared on panel discussions on outlets like BBC Radio 4, as well as providing interviews to agencies such as the BBC, Wall Street Journal, France 24.