Amy Niang, Ph.D.

University of the Witwatersrand

City: Johannesburg

Country: South Africa

About Me:

I am a political scientist with an interest in three broad areas, namely (1) the history of state formation and related ideas of sovereignty, statehood, community and order (2) the notion of “the international” in theory and practice and (3)Africa in/and International Relations. My current project examines the history of “the international” as a concept and a normative field. I’m particularly keen to understand how ‘Africa’ as an idea and place has featured into it. I joined the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 after completing an MA in Political Economy at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK. My dissertation examined state and social processes in the Voltaic region of West Africa between the 16th and 19th Centuries.

Research Interests

African Politics

Comparative Political Institutions

Military Intervention

Human Rights

Political Violence

Foreign Policy

Sovereignty And Statehood

Africa's International Relations

Countries of Interest


South Africa

Burkina Faso