Publications

BOOKS

In preparation Slavery and Emancipation in Twentieth Century Africa. Cambridge University Press (New Approaches to African History series).

2018 Landscapes, Sources, and Intellectual Projects in West African History. Co-edited with Toby Green. The manuscript has been accepted by Brill. Publication is expected in January 2018.

2015 From Slavery to Aid: Politics, Labour, and Ecology in the Nigerien Sahel, 1800-2000. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press (African Studies series). ISBN: 9781107119055. (Finalist for the 2016 Melville J. Herskovits Award awarded by the African Studies Association, USA; finalist for the 2016 Fage and Oliver Prize awarded by the African Studies Association, UK) Download Introduction – download Chapter 3download epilogue

2010 Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Co-edited with Anne Haour. Leiden: Brill. ISBN: 9789004185425; E-ISBN: 9789004185432. Download Introduction and Chapter 5.  

2009 Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories. Sole editor. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN: 9781846311994. Paperback with new preface (released February 2016): ISBN 9781781383056. Download Introduction 

RESEARCH ARTICLES

2018 ‘Periodizing the End of Slavery: Colonial Law, the League of Nations, and Slave Resistance in the Nigerien Sahel, 1920s-1930s’. Annales (Histoire, Sciences Sociales), forthcoming in issue of 72nd year, publication expected in January 2018.

2017 ‘What “Development” Does to Work’. International Labor and Working Class History, forthcoming in Volume 92, Autumn 2017. Introduction to special issue guest-edited by Benedetta Rossi.

2017 ‘From Unfree Work to Working for Free: Labor, Aid, and Gender in the Nigerien Sahel, 1930–2000’. International Labor and Working Class History, forthcoming in Volume 92, Autumn 2017. In special issue guest-edited by Benedetta Rossi.

2017 Freedom Under Scrutiny’. Journal of Global Slavery, vol. 2, no. 1 (2017), pp. 185-194. 

2016Dependence, Unfreedom, and Slavery in Africa: Toward an Integrated Analysis’. Africa, vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 571-590. 

2016 The Agadez Chronicles and Y Tarichi: A Reinterpretation’. History in Africa, vol. 43 (2016), pp. 95-140. 

2016 ‘Preface to the Second Edition‘. In B. Rossi (ed.) Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press 2016 [2009], pp. xiii-xvii. 

2015 African Post-Slavery: A History of the Future’. International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 303-324. 

2015 Kinetocracy: The Government of Mobility at the Desert’s Edge’. In J. Quirk and D. Vigneswaran (eds.) Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 223-256. 

2014 ‘Tubali’s Trip: Rethinking Informality in the Study of West African Labour Migrations’. Canadian Journal of African Studies, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 77-100. Full text available online ‘open access’.

2014 Migration and Emancipation in West Africa’s Labour History: The Missing Links’. Slavery and Abolition, vol. 35, Issue 1 (2014), pp. 23-46.

2013 Without History? Interrogating Slave Memories in Ader (Niger)’. In M. Klein, C. Brown, S. Greene, and A. Bellagamba (eds.) African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 536-554. 

2010 Tuareg Trajectories of Slavery: Preliminary Reflections on a Changing Field’. In A. Fisher and I. Kohl (eds.) Tuareg Society within a Globalized World: Saharan Life in Transition. London and New York, I.B. Tauris, pp. 89-108. 

2010 with Anne Haour, ‘The Emergence of Hausa Identity: History and Religion’. In A. Haour and B. Rossi (eds.) Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 1-34.  

2010 ‘Being and Becoming Hausa in Ader (Niger)’. In A. Haour and B. Rossi (eds.) Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 113-140.  

2009 Introduction: Rethinking Slavery in West Africa’, in B. Rossi (ed.) Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories, pp. 1-25. 

2009 ‘Slavery and Migration: Physical and Social mobility in Ader (Tahoua)’. In B. Rossi (ed.) Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories, pp. 182-206.           

2009 The Paradox of Chronic Aid’. In X. Crombé and J.H. Jézéquel (eds.) A Not-so-natural Disaster: Niger 2005. London: Hurst (English translation of original French volume), pp. 105-124.

2007 Les Paradoxes des Aides Chroniques’. In X. Crombé and J.H. Jézéquel (eds.) Niger 2005: Une Catastrophe Si Naturelle. Paris: Karthala, pp. 145-172.

2006 ‘Aid Policies and Recipient Strategies in Niger’. In D. Lewis and D. Mosse (eds.) Development Brokers and Translators: The Ethnography of Aid and Development. Bloomfield: Kumarian, pp. 27-49.

2004 Order and Disjuncture: Theoretical Shifts in the Anthropology of Aid and Development’. Current Anthropology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 556-560. 

2004 Revisiting Foucauldian Approaches: Power Dynamics in Development Projects’. The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1-29.

2001 ‘Women, Land and Development: Gendered Paradigms of Tenure in the Rural Development Project of Keita (Niger)’. In Matteo, S. (ed.) ItaliAfrica: Bridging Continents and Cultures. New York: Forum Italicum Press, pp. 119-142.

ENCYCLOPAEDIAS AND REFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming ‘Hausa’, a 200-entry commented bibliography for the Oxford Bibliographies Online, African Studies: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/african-studies

2005 Five entries: ‘Marshall Plan’; ‘Food Aid’; ‘Power, Discourse and Development’; ‘Governmentality’; and ‘Actor Oriented Approaches,’ Routledge Encyclopedia of International Development. General editor: Tim Forsyth; London: Routledge.

MEDIA, BLOG-POSTS, AND REPORTS

2015 The Everyday Gender Inequalities that Underpin Wartime Atrocities’. Article for Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, an Open Democracy blog.

2010 Physical and Social Mobility in Ader (Tahoua, Niger). Final Report (40 pages) of the Research Project Mobilités Ouest-Africaines (MOBOUA) for the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).              

2010 Interview with Benedetta Rossi, ‘Il faut penser une forme d’aide qui va aider le Niger à se passer de l’aide’, published on national newspaper of the Republic of Niger, Le Républicain, no. 932, 10-16 June 2101, p. 8 (full page).

2008 Interview with Benedetta Rossi, ‘Lingering Impact of Slavery’, Research Intelligence, issue 34, Spring 2008.

BOOK REVIEWS

2014, Lawrance, B. and Roberts, R. (eds.) ‘Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa’. Slavery and Abolition, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 677-679.

2011, Spaulding, J. and Beswick, S. (eds.) ‘African Systems of Slavery’. Africa, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 265-266.

2010, Campbell, G., Miers, S., and Miller, J. (eds.) ‘Children in Slavery Through the Ages’. Africa, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 516-518.

2009, (with Dmitri Van Den Bersselaar) Parker, J. and Rathbone, R. ‘African History: A Very Short Introduction’. Africa, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 317-318.

2005, Diouf, S. (ed.) ‘Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies’. Progress in Development Studiesvol. 7, no. 5, pp. 249-250.

2004, Liberski-Bagnoud, D. ‘Les Dieux du Territoire: Penser Autrement la Généalogie’. Man/Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 10, no. 4, p. 967.

2004, Pottier, J., Bicker, A., and Sillitoe, P. (eds.) ‘Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development’. Progress in Development Studies, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 365-366.

2003, Hagberg, S. ‘Poverty in Burkina Faso: Representations and Realities’. Man/Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 173-174.

2002, Bierschenk, T., Chaveau, JP., Olivier de Sardan, JP. (eds.) ‘Courtiers en Développement: Les Villages Africains en Quête de Projets’. Man/Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 581-582.

2002, Casajus, D. ‘Gens de Parole: Langage, Poésie et Politique en Pays Touareg’. Man/Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 186-187