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Lamin Keita

Program Area(s):  Comparative Politics; International Relations

Regional Specialization(s):  Africa; Middle East

Dissertation Title:

The Politics of Community Resilience to Armed Jihadism in West Africa

Dissertation Committee:  Will Reno (Chair), Alvin Tillery Jr. Alexander Thurston, Jaimie Bleck, Marina E. Henke

Interest(s): Comparative Politics of Violent Conflict of Africa, Terrorism, Ethnic Politics and Conflict, International Security, Democratization, Elections, Social Movements and Protest, Role of Media and Conflict, and Human Rights and Law.

Conference Presentations:

  • Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) for New Faces Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Invited Guest Speaker, 2023.
  • Sciences PO Centre De Research International Conference in Paris, "Not the praetorian alternatives, we witnessed before." Analyses of the relations between the “security forces” and the society and elites, beyond coups. Invited Speaker and Paper Presented: "Politics of Community Radicalization in West Africa." May 2023.
  • American Prestige, "The Role of the Jihadists Conflict and Military Coups in the West African Sahel Region (Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea)," Presentation on the “State of the Sahel” w/Lamin Keita and Alex Thurston, January 18, 2023.
  • "Community Response to Radicalization in West Africa," Invited Guest Speaker at the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 2022.
  • SSRC-IDRF 2022 Workshop, virtual gathering of the 2020-2021 Fellows, “Politics of Community Resilience to Armed Jihadism in West Africa,” Final Research presentation of the findings from the fieldwork: Dissertation filed research topic presented, May 2022.
  • Northwestern University, Qatar "The Diaspora and the Political Change in Africa," Invited Guest Speaker, January 2021. 
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conference, joint paper presented, “Politics of Insecurity and Civil Society Participation in Malian Politics,” September 2021.
  • American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting 2020.
  • Annual International AFRISEM Conference, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University “Authoritarian Breakdown in The Gambia,” May 2019.
  • 24th Annual Conference, University of Berkeley, California, “First Generation of College Students and the Legacy of Roland E. McNair Symposium, August 2016.
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), Ohio State University, Columbus “AL Qaeda’s differential Success in the Sahel,” 2016.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Annual Research Conference, “A New Politics of Human Rights," 2015.


  • The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) October 27, 2020.
  • SSRC-International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) April 2020.
  • Graduate Research Fund, Political Science Department, Northwestern University, 2019.
  • Buffett Institute for Global Studies (War & Society Working Group), Award, Northwestern University, Research Sponsor in Mali, 2018.
  • Minar Memorial Summer Award, Political Science Department, Northwestern University, 2018.
  • Hans E. Panofsky Pre-dissertation Research Awards 2017 and 2018.