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Co-Authored Books

With Stéfanie Morris, Karina Juma, and Patti Tamara Lenard. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Action: 30 Years of Activism Through St. Joseph’s Refugee Outreach Committee. University of Ottawa Press, 2022 (Open Access).

Co-Edited Books

With Samuel Moyn. The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. In Nehal Bhuta, Anthony Pagden and Mira Siegelberg, eds. The Cambridge World History of Rights. 5 Vols. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2023.

With Benjamin Lawrance, Iris Berger, Tricia Hepner-Redeker, and Joanna Tague. African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony and Refugee Rights, Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2015. (Open Access)

Book Chapters

“Social and Economic Rights in UN Trust Territory Lands.” In Steven L. B. Jensen and Charles Walton, eds. Not ‘Second-Generation’ Rights: Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.

“Direitos legais ou direitos humanos? Ativismo judicial, prisoneiros políticos e refugiados durante a transiçao dos Camaroes franceses de protetorado a estado.” In Hugo Gonçalves Dores, Ana Filipa Guardiao, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, José Pedro Monteiro, eds. Os impérios do internacional: Perspectivas, Genealogias e Processos. Lisbon: Almedina, 2020.           

         English title: Legal Rights or Human Rights? Cause Lawyering, Political Prisoners, and Political Refugees during French Cameroon’s Transition from Trust Territory to State

Rights Claims and Legal Activism in the Internationally Supervised Territories of Colonial Era Africa.” In Jean H. Quataert and Lora Wildenthal, eds. The Routledge History of Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 2019, 203-21.

“The French Trials of Cléophas Kamitatu: Immigration, Politics, Leftist Activism, and Françafrique in 1970s Paris.” In Benjamin Lawrance and Nathan Carpenter, eds. Anxieties of the State: Africans in Exile Past and Present. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018, 200-18.

Select Articles

With Philip Janzen. “Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Refuge Seeking in Africa.” Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol. 55, no. 3, 2021 (Open Access).

With Benjamin Lawrance. “‘Sons of the Soil’: Cause Lawyers, the Togo-Cameroun Mandates, and the Origins of Decolonization.” American Historical Review, 125.5 (2019), 1709-1714.

“‘In the Colonies, Black Lives Don’t Matter.’ Legalism and Rights Claims Across the Interwar French Empire.” Journal of Contemporary History, 53.1 (2018), 12-37.

“Anticolonial Lawyering, Postwar Human Rights and Decolonization in Africa.” Canadian Journal of History 52.3 (2017), 448-478.

Avocats de la cause anticoloniale : activisme politique et Etat de droit dans l’Afrique française – 1946-1960. Politique africaine 138.2 (2015), 25-48.

“From Below and To the Left? Human Rights and Liberation Politics in Africa’s Postcolonial Age.” Journal of World History 24.2 (2013), 389-416.

“‘We Had Been Fooled into Thinking that the UN Watches over the Entire World’: Human Rights, UN Trust Territories and Africa’s Decolonization.” Human Rights Quarterly 34.2 (2012), 329-360.

Book Reviews

Review of Bonny Ibhawoh, Human Rights in Africa. American Historical Review (2019).

“Where are the Lawyers, the Activists, the Claimants and the Experts?” Review of the book The Making of International Human Rights: The 1960s, Decolonization, and the Reconstruction of Global Values by Stephen L. B. Jensen. The Human Rights Quarterly 39.1 (2017).

Roundtable Review of Susan Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, H-Diplo 18.2 (2016).

Review of Gregory Mann, From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: The Road to Nongovernmentality. The American Historical Review 121.1 (2016).


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