Boubacar N'Diaye

Boubacar N'diaye

Professor - Africana Studies, Political Science [On Leave 2019-2020]

Office: Kauke 002
Phone: 330-263-2409


  • B.A., University of Illinois (formerly Sangamon State) 1991
  • M.P.A., University of Illinois (formerly Sangamon State) 1993
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University 1998

Courses Taught

  • PSCI 249: Government and Politics of Africa
  • PSCI 247: Civil-Military Relations: Theory and Practice
  • PSCI 140: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • AFST 301: Africana Resistances (now Africana struggles for Freedom)
  • AFST 245: Pan-Africanism (Now the African Global Community)
  • AFST 242: Martin, Malcolm, and Mandela
  • AFST 231: Survey of Contemporary Africa
  • AFST 213: Racism 101
  • AFST 200: Political Islam, Terrorism, and the Struggle for Resources in Northwest Africa 


  • Co-edited Challenges of Security Sector Governance in West Africa (Lit Verlag/Transactions Publishers, 2008) and Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in West Africa (DCAF, 2008).  
  • Co-edited Security Sector Governance in Francophone Africa (Geneva, CH Lit Verlag, 2011)
  • Co-authored Not Yet democracy: west Africa’s Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism (Carolina Academic Press, 2005)
  • Co-edited Elections and Democratization in West Africa: 1990-2009 (Africa World Press, 2011)
  • Co-author of Not Yet Democracy: West Africa's Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).
  • Authored The Challenge of Institutionalizing Civilian Control: Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Kenya in Comparative Perspective (Lexington Books, 2001).
  • Edited Journal of Political and Military Sociology (winter, 2000) on military involvement in West Africa (invited guest editor).
  • La Mauritanie, ses colonels et moi (Paris, Edilivre, 2015)
  • The Legacy of Mauritania’s Colonels: West Africa’s Next Crisis? (Center for Democracy and Development, 2015)
  • Mauritania’s Colonels: Political Leadership, Civil-Military Relations and Democratization (Routledge, 2017)
  • Professor N’Diaye is also the author of numerous articles, published in journals such as Journal of Democracy, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Armed Forces & Society, African Security, among others. 


  • Professor N'Diaye joined the Faculty in 1999.
  • He has been a consultant to African, US, and international agencies and organizations such as SIPRI, ACSS, ECOWAS, AU, UN, DCAF, and the SSRC's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.
  • He specializes in civil-military relations, democratization, security sector governance and capacity building in Africa.
  • A member of several editorial and International Advisory Boards, N'Diaye is also involved in various academic and advocacy endeavors designed to transform security establishments and institutionalize democratic governance in the security sector of African states.
  • N'Diaye is an expert on civil-military relations and related security issues. His course offerings and scholarly works focus to comparative politics, democratization, the military in politics, security sector reforms in Africa, Pan-Africanism and themes of interest to Africa and its Diaspora.
  • Dr. N'Diaye is a widely published author. His most recent works (several articles, books, commissioned reports, and conference papers) pertain to military involvement in African politics, security sector governance, Pan-Africanism, and the democratization efforts in Africa.
  • Dr. N’Diaye is Past Chair (2012-2017) of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), a Pan-African think thank that advocates Reforms and Governance of the Security Sector in Africa.