Richard Banégas

Full Professor
Phone: +33158717033 -
Richard Banégas is professor of Political Science at Sciences Po specializing in the study of West Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He holds an MA from Sciences Po Bordeaux (1991), a PhD from Sciences Po Paris (1998) and the habilitation to supervise doctoral research (HDR) from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2006), where he was the Head of the African studies Master’s program for about 15 years and still codirects the Joint African Studies Program with Columbia University.
A member of the International African Institute (London) and of the editorial board of the journal Politique africaine, he directs the Les Afriques book series at Karthala Publishers and is president of the Association des chercheurs de Politique africaine (ACPA). In addition to his research and teaching activities, he is the permanent consultant on Africa for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Policy Planning Unit.
His previous key research concentrated on democratization processes in Benin and Uganda and his current projects explore the issues of citizenship, violence and mobilization of the youth in West Africa, with a special focus on the Ivory Coast. His interests also include the topics of war, crisis resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
Work in Progress

Democratization, citizenship and political violence in West Africa and the African Great Lakes region, Social mobilization, militancy and combat involvement in West Africa, Wars, interventions and power rivalry in Africa, International politics of crisis resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, Public aid to development and “governance”, Success icons and popular representations of power

Research Interests

Political anthropology, Political violence, West Africa, African Great Lakes

  • Teaching

    - Establishment : Sciences Po, title : Guerres, violence et politique (avec S. Perrot et R. Marchal) , (level : master),

    - Establishment : Sciences Po, title : Citizenship, Violence and Political Change in Africa, (level : master),

    - Establishment : Sciences Po, title : Gouverner au Sud du Sahara : Sociologie politique de l’Afrique contemporaine, (level : licence),

    - Establishment : Sciences Po, title : Sociétés politiques comparées (avec J.-F. Bayart) , (level : master)
  • Languages

Last Publications
Link to Hal
Online Publications (CERI website)
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