Jeremiah O. Arowosegbe

Jeremiah O. Arowosegbe is currently a Ph. D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He was educated at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria where he obtained a B. Sc. (Honours) in Political Science and an M. Sc. in Political Science as well as the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), in New Delhi, India where he obtained an M. Phil in Political Science. His areas of specialisation are Political Theory; Political Philosophy; African Politics and African Political Thought, with a focus on the Political Economy of Democracy and Development in Africa.

His areas of research interest include: Theoretical thinking on the State and Development in Africa; the Civil Society and Democracy in Africa; the Democracy and Economic Development Debate in Africa; issues of Development and Underdevelopment in Africa and other post - colonial societies; Globalisation, Modernity and the Future of the State in Africa; the State and the Challenges of Nationhood in Post - Conflict Africa; theoretical thinking on Political Society, Subaltern Concerns and the State in Africa and India. Others include: Theoretical discussions on the Impact of Africa's Semi - Peripheral and Peripheral Positions within the Global System of International Capitalism and their Implications for Political Democracy; the Questions and Relationships existing between Economic Dependency and the Prospects for Political Democracy among African Countries; as well as issues of Nationalism; Modernity; Orientalism; State - Society Relationships in Africa, India, South - Asia and Latin America.

His Ph. D. thesis provides a critical examination of Africa's political economy and social history from the perspectives of the intellectual works of the late Professor Claude Ake. In the course of the study, he has held several visiting fellowship appointments. He has also received prestigious grant awards from different institutional bodies, among which are the West African Research Council (WARC), based in Dakar, Senegal, in collaboration with the West African Research Association (WARA), at the African Studies Centre (ASC), at Boston University, Massachusetts, in the United States of America; the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), based in Dakar, Senegal; and the South - South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS), at the International Institute of Social History.

As a Visiting Fellow within the research programme on Social Movements and Political Culture at the African Studies Centre, he will be working on two main projects, both of which are pursued in furtherance of his Ph. D. work. The first is on the State and Development in Africa. The second project is on the State in Africa as a Modern Regime of Power. The two projects will be carried out from the point of view of the intellectual works of the late Claude Ake, which he essentialises as a major post - colonial and post - Marxist scholar.

Fellowship year: 
2008
Dr. J. (Jeremiah ) Arowosegbe
Former visiting fellow