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Below you will find a selection of books, journal articles and other publications published by the Sahel Research Group.

Articles and book chapters
Other publications



Entre le Savoir et le Culte: Activisme et mouvements religieux dans les universités du Sahel
edited by Leonardo Villalón and Mamadou Bodian
Amalion Publishing, 2020.



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Democratic Struggle, Institutional Reform and State Resilience in The African Sahel
edited by Leonardo A. Villalón and Rahmane Idrissa
Lexington Books, 2020.




The Geography of Conflict in North and West Africa
(French) edited by Marie Trémolières, Olivier J. Walther and Steven M. Radil
OECD Publishing, 2020.



African Border Disorders. Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations
edited by Olivier J. Walther and William F.S. Miles
Routledge, 2018.




Muslim Youth and the 9/11 Generation
edited by Benjamin Soares and Adeline Masquelier
University of New Mexico Press & SAR Press, 2016.




Political Parties in Africa. Ethnicity and Party Formation
by Sebastian Elischer
Cambridge University Press, 2013.




African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives
edited by Abdoulaye Kane and Todd H. Leedy
Indiana University Press, 2013.




Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing
edited by Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane and Stacey A. Langwick
Indiana University Press, 2012.



The Languages of Urban Africa
edited by Fiona Mc Laughlin
A&C Black, 2009.




The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions
edited by Leonardo A. Villalón and Peter Von Doepp
Indiana University Press, 2005.




Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal
by Leonardo A. Villalón
Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Articles and book chapters

  • McKune S. 2020. Behavior Change, Egg Consumption, and Child Nutrition: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics, 146.
  • Bencherif A., Vlavonou G. 2020. Reflexive Tension: An Auto-Ethnographic Journey through International Relations Discipline in Western Academic Training. African Identities: 1-20.
  • Bencherif A. et al. 2020. Lethal Violence in Civil War: Trends and Micro-dynamics of Violence in the Northern Mali Conflict (2012-2015). Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 1-23.
  • Madore F. 2020. Francophone Muslim intellectuals, Islamic associational life and religious authority in Burkina Faso. Africa 90 (3): 625–646.
  • Madore F. 2020. Imams, Islamic preachers, and public space in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) since the 1990s: Toward new intergenerational relationships and a Muslim public sphere. In Acquah LJ, Falola T. (eds) Perspectives on the Religious Landscape in Africa. Durham: Carolina Academic Press: 183–213.
  • Prieto Curiel R, Walther O, O’Clery C. 2020. Uncovering the internal structure of Boko Haram through its mobility patterns. Applied Network Science 5(28): 1-23.
  • Valerio V, Walther O, Eilittä M, Cissé B, Muneepeerakul R, Kiker G. 2020. Network analysis of regional livestock trade in West Africa. PLOS ONE 15(5): 1-15.
  • Bencherif A. 2020. From resilience to fragmentation: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Jihadist group modularity. Terrorism and Political Violence 32(1): 100-118.
  • Walther O, Leuprecht C, Skillicorn D. 2020. Political fragmentation and alliances among armed non-state actors in North and Western Africa (1997-2014). Terrorism and Political Violence 32(1): 167-186.
  • Pflaum, M. 2019. Book review of Hanson, S. 2019. Horn, Sahel, and Rift: Fault-lines of the African Jihad. African Studies Quarterly 19(1).
    Elischer S. 2019. Governing the faithful: state management of Salafi activity in the francophone Sahel. Comparative Politics 51(2): 99-218.
  • Adesogan AT, Havelaar AH, McKune SL, Eilittä M, Dahl GE. 2019. Animal source foods: Sustainability problem or malnutrition and sustainability solution? Perspective matters. Global Food Security, 100325.
  • Walther, O, Dambo L, Koné M, Van Eupen M. 2019. Mapping travel time to assess accessibility in West Africa: The role of borders, checkpoints and road conditions. Journal of Transport Geography 82: 1-11.
  • Madore F, Audet Gosselin L. 2019. Le religieux sur Internet et dans les NTIC au Burkina Faso. In Degorce A, Kibora LO, Langewiesche K (eds) Rencontres religieuses et dynamiques sociales au Burkina Faso. Dakar: Amalion: 269-296.
  • Bencherif A. 2019. Pour une (re-)lecture des rébellions touarègues au Mali: mémoires et représentations dans l’assemblage politique touareg. Canadian Journal of African Studies 195-214.
  • Bencherif A. 2019. Récits du conflit entre les Ifoghas et les Imghad. (Re-)positionnement, grammaire de la parenté et compétition entre élites politiques touarègues. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines 234(2): 427-451.
  • Elischer S. 2019. The Sahel: Regional Politics and Dynamics. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford, Oxford University Press (read).
  • Walther O, Tenikue M, Trémolières M. 2019. Economic performance, gender and social networks in West African food systems. World Development 124: 1-14.
  • Skillicorn D, Walther O, Leuprecht C. Zheng Q. 2019. The diffusion and permeability of political violence in North and West Africa. Terrorism and Political Violence (read).
  • McKune S, Poulsen L, Russo S, Devereux T, Faas S, McOmber C, Ryley T. 2018. Reaching the end goal: Do interventions to improve climate information services lead to greater food security? Climate Risk Management 22: 22-41.
  • Elischer S, Mueller L. 2018. Niger falls back off track. African Affairs (read).
  • Bodian M, Kelly CL. 2018. Senegalese Foreign Policy: Leadership Through Soft Power from Senghor to Sall. In Warner J, Shaw T M. (eds) African Foreign Policies in International Institutions. Palgrave Macmillan: 327-351.
  • Walther O. 2018. Regional integration, in Binns T, Lynch K, Nel E (eds) The Routledge Handbook of African Development. London, Routledge: 286-299.
  • Camara EHMS, Bodian M. 2016. Islam in the academic sphere in Senegal: the case of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD). Contemporary Islam 10: 379-398.
  • Bogaards M, Elischer S. 2016. Competitive authoritarianism in Africa revisited. Comparative Governance and Politics 10(1): 5-18.
  • Soares B. 2016. Reflections on Muslim-Christian encounters in West Africa. Africa 86(4): 273-297.
  • Kuépié M, Tenikue M, Walther O. 2016. Social networks and small businesses performance in West African border regions. Oxford Development Studies 44(2): 202-219.
  • Soares B. 2016. New Muslim Public Figures in West Africa. In Launay R. (ed.) Writing Boards and Blackboards: Islamic Education in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 268-284.
  • Elischer S. 2015. Autocratic legacies and state management of Islamic activism in Niger. African Affairs 114(457): 577-597.
  • McKune S, Borresen E, Young A, Ryley T, Russo S, Camara A.D, Coleman M, Ryan E. 2015. Climate change through a gendered lens: Examining livestock holder food security. Global Food Security 6: 1-8.
  • McLaughlin F. 2015. Linguistic warscapes of northern Mali. Linguistic Landscape 1(3): 213-242.
  • Villalón LA. 2015. Cautious democrats: Religious actors and democratization processes in Senegal. Politics and Religion 8(2): 305-333.
  • Walther O, Christopoulos D. 2015. Islamic terrorism and the Malian rebellion. Terrorism and Political Violence 27(3): 497-519.
  • Walther O. 2015. Business, brokers and borders: The structure of West African trade networks. Journal of Development Studies 51(5): 603-620.
  • Walther O, Howard A, Retaillé D. 2015. West African spatial patterns of economic activities. African Studies 74(3): 346-365.
  • Serra R. 2014. Cotton sector reform in Mali: explaining the puzzles. Journal of Modern African Studies 52(3): 379-402.
  • Theriault V, Serra R. 2014. Institutional environment and technical efficiency: a stochastic frontier analysis of cotton producers in West Africa. Journal of Agricultural Economics 65(2): 383-405.
  • Soares B. 2014. The historiography of Islam in West Africa: an anthropologist’s view. Journal of African History 55(1): 27-36.
  • Walther O. 2014. Trade networks in West Africa: A social network approach. Journal of Modern African Studies 52(2): 179-203.
  • McKune S, Silva J. 2013. Pastoralists under pressure: Double exposure to economic and environmental change in Niger. Journal of Development Studies 49(12): 1711-1727.
  • Elischer S. 2012. Measuring and comparing party ideology in nonindustrialized societies: Taking party manifesto research to Africa. Democratization 19(4): 642-667.
  • McLaughlin F. 2011. Youssou N’Dour’s Sant Yàlla/Egypt: A musical experiment in Sufi modernity. Popular Music 30(1): 71-87.
  • Serra R. 2011. The promises of a new social capital agenda. Journal of Development Studies 47(8): 1109-1127.
  • Soares B. 2011. Family Law Reform in Mali: Contentious Debates and Elusive Outcomes. In Badran M. (ed.) Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press: 263-290.
  • Villalón LA. 2010. From argument to negotiation: Constructing democracy in African Muslim contexts. Comparative Politics 42(4): 375-393.
  • Soares B. 2010 ‘Rasta Sufis’ and Muslim Youth Culture in Mali. In Herrera L, Bayat A. (eds) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 241-257.
  • Serra R. 2009. Child fostering in Africa: When labor and schooling motives may coexist. Journal of Development Economics 88(1): 157-170.
  • McLaughlin F. 2008. The ascent of Wolof as an urban vernacular and national lingua franca. In Vigouroux C.B, Mufwene S.S. (eds) Globalization and language vitality: Perspectives from Africa. London: Continuum: 142-170.
  • Soares B. 2007. Rethinking Islam and Muslim societies in Africa. African Affairs 106: 319-326.
  • Serra R. 2001. Social capital: Meaningful and measurable at the state level? Economic and Political Weekly, 693-704.

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