Ousseina D. Alidou

Oussenia Alidou, Professor, Linguistics and African Studies, in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature at Rutgers University in the US, is based both in New Jersey and Niamey.  A leader in the African Studies Association and the Association of Concerned African Scholars, Dr Alidou is the recipient of numerous academic awards for her writing and research on Muslim women and post-colonial societies.  A long-standing activist as well as academic, Alidou has organised both for women’s rights and for an end to IMF/World Bank/neoliberal structural adjustment throughout the world.  Dr Alidou’s current work focuses on post-conflict reconstruction and the development issues needed for lasting peace; she is a Steering Committee member of the Pan-African Nonviolence and Peace-building Network.  She authored the acclaimed Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger (2011), Alidou’s most recent books are Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, and Social Change (2013) and Writing through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, co-edited with Renée Larrier (2015).