Ebenezer Babatunde Obadare

Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9413


Areas of Specialization

  • Transnational Migration
  • Comparative Societies
  • Civil Society & the Public Sphere
  • Social Change & Development in Africa

Teaching Interests

  • Civil Society and the Public Sphere
  • Religiosity and Politics
  • Civic Service and Citizenship
  • Civil Society, Religion and Politics
  • Transnational Migration

Research Interests

  • Civil Society and the Public Sphere
  • Religiosity and Politics Civic Service and Citizenship
  • Civil Society, Religion and Politics
  • Transnational Migration

EBENEZER OBADARE (PhD, London School of Economics; Professor of Sociology) is a civil society scholar, with particular interest in informal strategies of resistance under changing dynamics of rule. He has also researched and published extensively on religion and politics, civic engagement, and civic service and citizenship in Africa. He is author/editor of seven books, including Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria (Rochester, 2016), Governance and the Crisis of Rule in Contemporary Africa: Leadership in Tranformation (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (Springer, 2014), and Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (James Currey, 2014). His essays have appeared in the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), African Affairs, Current History,  Politique Africaine, Journal of Civil Society, Democratization, Patterns of Prejudice, Africa Development, Critical African Studies, Development in Practice, Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa, Journal of Contemporary African Studies and Journal of Church and State, among others. His ongoing research focuses on Pentecostal pastors, power, and politics in Africa. A recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and research grants, Professor Obadare currently sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Civil Society, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa, and Review of African Political Economy. Areas: Civil Society and the Public Sphere; Social Change and Development in Africa; Transnational Migration; Comparative Societies.

How do people organize in the face of prohibitive regimes?

Because much recent scholarship on civil society has privileged formal associations, modes of informal organizing resorted to by people who are struggling to escape the attention of repressive regimes have tended to fall between the cracks. I am interested in such informal methods to the extent that they illuminate the ‘power of the powerless’ in changing political, cultural, and socio-economic circumstances. Although I draw primarily on examples in an African context, conceptually, my work is positioned at the crossroads of global theorizing on civil society, citizenship, and the public sphere.  


Fall 2017 Courses

  • Soc 130 Comparative Societies
  • Soc 780 Advanced Topics: International Politics of Natural Resources

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