African Affairs is jointly edited by Rita Abrahamsen and Nic Cheeseman, and is supported by an international editorial advisory board consisting of academics and practitioners.
Dr Abrahamsen is joint-editor of African Affairs. Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in African politics, security and development, security privatization and postcolonial theory. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Political Studies, Third World Quarterly and Review of African Political Economy.
Dr Nic Cheeseman is joint-editor of African Affairs. He lectures on African Politics at Jesus College, Oxford. In 2008 he was awarded the Arthur McDougall Prize for the best dissertation on elections or representation by the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. Dr Cheeseman has published on a wide range of topics including the impact of opinion polls in Africa's new democracies, whether African political parties are 'ethnic', the roots of the 'Kenya crisis' of 2008, the potential for opposition leaders to successfully use populist strategies in Africa, and the impact of power-sharing arrangements in Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is also co-editing the Routledge Handbook of African Politics with Professor David Anderson, which is due for publication next year. Dr Cheeseman also runs Democracy in Africa, a website dedicated to promotion the study of democracy in Africa.
Book Reviews Editor
Dr Alexander Beresford is the Book Reviews Editor for the African Affairs journal. He is a lecturer in Politics at the University of Leeds. He completed his doctorate at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.