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Khalid Medani


Professional affiliation

Chair, African Studies Program and Associate Professor, Political Science Department and the Islamic Studies Institute, McGill University  
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Wilson Center Projects

From Revolution to Resolution? Sudan’s Popular Uprising and the Transition from Autocracy to Democracy


Full Biography

Dr. Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies and Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University. He received a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Medani has published widely on the on the roots of civil conflict and the political economy of Islamist activism in Sudan, informal finance in Somalia, the obstacles to state building in Iraq, and the role of informal networks in the rise of violent extremism. More recently, his research has focused on the role of youth activism and democratization and he is working on a book manuscript on the prospects and challenges for democracy in Sudan. in Dr. Medani is a previous recipient of a Carnegie Scholar on Islam award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Major Publications

“Strife and Secession in Sudan.” Journal of Democracy, volume 22, number 3, July 2011, pp. 135-149.

“Informal Networks, Economic Livelihoods and the Politics of Social Welfare in Somalia and Egypt, Journal of Near East and Islamic Law, volume 10, number 99, 2011 May, pp. 99-137.

“Sudan in the Context of the Arab Spring,” in Paul Amar and Vijay Prashad eds. Dispatches from the Arab Spring: Understanding the New Middle East. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.