Vaughan is the Geoffrey Canada Professor for Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. He was also Director of the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin. Vaughan came to Bowdoin College from Stony Brook University where he was a professor of Africana Studies & History, associate dean of the Graduate School, and associate provost. He is the author and editor of eight books, including the award-winning book Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (2000), forty scholarly articles, and many reviews. He has been awarded several major professional awards, including a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Distinguished Scholar's Award from the Association of Third World Studies. Femi Vaughan was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria.


B.A. 1981; M.A. 1983, Government, St. John's University, N.Y.; D.Phil., Politics, 1989, Oxford University

Major Publications

  • West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century (eds. M. Okome & O. Vaughan) Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012
  • Transnational Africa and Globalization (eds. M. Okome & O. Vaughan) Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012
  • Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s - 1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000) Cecil B. Currey Book Prize, Association of Third World Studies
  • Chiefs, Power, and Social Change: Chiefship and Modern Politics in Botswana, 1880s - 1990s (Africa World Press, Trenton, N.J. 2003)
  • Legitimacy and the State in Twentieth Century Africa co-editor with Terence Ranger (Macmillan Press, London, 1993)
  • "Chieftaincy Politics and Communal Identity in Colonial Western Nigeria, 1893-1951" Journal of African History, Cambridge University Press, 44, 2003, pp. 283-302

Previous Terms

Scholar: January 2013-April 2013; Project Title: "Religious Structures and State Formation in Nigeria, 1804-2007" Fellow: September 2006 - May 2007; Project Title: "Islam, Christianity, and Indigenous Religions in the Formation of Modern West African States"