Dr. Olufemi Vaughan is the Alfred Sargent Lee & Mary Ames Lee Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. He has authored and edited 13 books and over 90 scholarly articles and reviews, including Religion and the Making of Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016; 2017 Nigerian Studies Association Book Prize) and Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s–1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000; 2001 Cecil B. Currey Book Prize — Association of Global South Studies). In Religion and the Making of Nigeria, Vaughan examines how Christian, Muslim and indigenous religious structures have provided the essential social and ideological frameworks for the construction of contemporary Nigeria. He traces Nigeria’s social, religious and political history from the early 19th century to the present.
Dr. Vaughan was professor of Africana Studies & History, and associate provost at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History, and director of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Nigeria, senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Methods, Sources, and Historiography in African History, and a member of the advisory council of the Africa Program, Wilson Center. He is the recipient of several professional awards including a Wilson National Fellowship, Wilson Public Policy Fellowships, Ford Foundation Fellowships, a Distinguished Scholars Award of the Association of Global South Studies, and a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.