Assistant Professor of Teaching for African Studies Program
Alexander Thurston is a scholar of Islam and politics. He joined the African Studies Program in Fall 2014, offering courses on religion, politics, and security in Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University (2013), and an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (2009). From 2013-2014, he was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His forthcoming book, Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching and Politics, is under contract with Cambridge University Press; it examines the lives, activism, and intellectual production of Nigerian Muslims who graduated from Saudi Arabia’s Islamic University of Medina. Other publications have appeared in African Affairs, theJournal of the American Academy of Religion, Islamic Africa, and the Journal of Religion in Africa. He has conducted field research in Nigeria and Senegal.
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Nigeria, Islam, religion.