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  1. Adi, Hakim (ed). 2019 . Black British History: New Perspectives. London, UK: Zed Books. 229 pp.
  2. Anaedozie, Emeka. 2019. Nuwaubian Pan Africanism: Back to our Root. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 144 pp.
  3. Anderson, Richard and Henry B. Lovejoy (eds). 2020. Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 465pp.
  4. Ayee, R.A. Joseph. 2019. Politics, Governance and Development in Ghana. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 339 pp.
  5. Bajorek Jennifer. 2020. Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press 352 pp.
  6. Bahre, Erik. 2020. Ironies of Solidarity: Insurance and Financialization of Kinship in South Africa. London, UK: Zed Book. 216 pp.
  7. Brandt, Nicola. 2020. Landscapes between Then and Now: Recent Histories in Southern African Photography, Performance and Video Art. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. 258 pp.
  8. Balogun, M. Oluwakemi, Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu. 2019 (eds). Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 386 pp.
  9. Bernault, Florence. 2019. Colonial Transactions: Imaginaries, Bodies, and Histories in Gabon. Durham, North Carolina:Duke University Press. 344 pp.
  10. Berhe, Gebrehiwot Mulugeta. 2020. Laying the Past to Rest: The EPRDF and the Challenges of Ethiopian State- Building. London, UK:  Hurst Publishers. 355 pp
  11. Belluci, Stefano and Eckert, Andreas  (eds). 2019. General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th -21st Centuries. Suffolk, UK:James Currey Publishers. 761 pp.
  12. Berthet, Marina, Rosa, Fernando & Viljoen Shaun (eds). 2019. Moving Spaces: Creolisation and Mobility in Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 212 pp.
  13. Blier, Preston Susanne. 2019. Picasso’s Demoiselles: The Untold Origins of a Modern Masterpiece. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 448 pp.
  14. Bonnet, Charles. 2019. The Black Kingdom of the Nile. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 224 pp.
  15. Corey-Boulet, Robbie. 2019. Love Falls on Us: A Story of American ideas and African LGBT Lives. London, UK: Zed Books. 307 pp.
  16. Clarke, Kamari Maxine. 2019. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan- Africanist Pushback. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 384 pp.
  17. Debele, Bekele Serawit. 2019. Locating Politics in Ethiopia’s Irreecha Ritual. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 209 pp.
  18. Diabate, Naminata. 2020. Naked Agency: Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.  272 pp.
  19. Dilger, Hansjorg,  Bochow Astrid, Burchardt Marian and Wilhelm-Solomon Mathew (eds). 2020. Affective Trajectories, Religion and Emotion in African City- Scapes. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 320 pp.
  20. Du Plessis, Carien and Plaut Martin. 2019. Understanding South Africa. London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 316 pp.
  21. Evans, Laura. 2019. Survival in the Dumping Grounds: A Social History of Apartheid Relocation. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 302 pp.
  22. Enrique Ubieta Gomez. 2020. Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle against Ebola in West Africa. Pathfinder Press. 278 pp
  23. Falola, Toyin, Parrott, R. Joseph, and Sanchez, Porter Danielle (eds). 2019. Africa Islands: Leading Edges of Empire and Globalization. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 432 pp.
  24. Farrar, V. Tarikhu. 2020. Precolonial African Material Culture: Combatting Stereotypes of Technological Backwardness. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 305 pp.
  25. Gilhus, Sælid Ingvild , Tsakos, Alexandos and Wright, Camila Marta. 2019. The Archangel Micheal in Africa: History, Cult and Persona. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. 246 pp.
  26. Griffiths, M. O. Anne. 2019. Transformations on the Ground: Space and the Power of Land in Botswana. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 192 pp.
  27. Gray, Ros. 2020. Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution: Anti-Colonialism, Independence and Internationalism in Filmmaking, 1968-1991. Suffolk, UK: James Currey Publishers. 292 pp.
  28. Green, Lesley. 2020. Rock, Water, Life. Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonial South Africa. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 320pp.
  29. Ibreck, Rachel. 2019. South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline.  London, UK: Zed Books. 270 pp.
  30. Idrissa, Rahmane. 2020. Historical Dictionary of Niger. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 583 pp.
  31. Iva, Pesa. 2019. Roads through Mwinnilunga: A History of Social Change in Northwest Zambia. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 429 pp.
  32. Jalata, Asafa. 2020. The Oromo Movement and Imperial Politics. Culture and Ideology in Oromia and Ethiopia. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 197pp.
  33. Janzen, M. John. 2019. Health in a Fragile State: Science, Sorcery and Spirit in the Lower Congo. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. 246 pp.
  34. Johnson, J. Lamar Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith (eds). 2019. African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 191 pp.
  35. Johnston, Alexander. 2020. In the Shadow of Mandela: Political leadership in South Africa. I. B Tauris Publishers. 369 pp.
  36. Kperogi A. Farooq. 2020. Nigeria’s Digital Diaspora: Citizen Media, Democracy, and Participation. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 298 pp.
  37. Luste Boulbina, Seloua. 2019. Kafka’s Monkey and other Phantoms of Africa. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 332 pp.
  38. Lynn M. Thomas. 2020. Beneath the Surface: A Transactional History of Skin Lighteners. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press 368 pp
  39. Martell, Peter. 2019. First Raise a Flag: How Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 320 pp.
  40. Mbembe, Achille. 2019. Necropolitics: Theory in Forms. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 224 pp.
  41. Merwe, van der Justin, Bond, Patrick & Dodd, Nicole (eds). 2019. BRICS and Resistance in Africa: Contention, Assimilation and Co-optation. London, UK: Zed Books. 282 pp.
  42. Melber, Henning. 2019. Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations and the Decolonization of Africa. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 296 pp.
  43. Muaka, Leornard and Lisanza, Esther Mukewa (eds). 2019. Language in Contemporary African Cultures and Societies. Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. 241 pp.
  44. Nagar, Dawn. 2020. Politics and Pan- Africanism: Diplomacy, Regional Economies and Peace-Building in Contemporary Africa. I. B Tauris Publishers. 290 pp.
  45. Newell, Stephanie. 2019. Histories of Dirt: Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 272 pp.
  46. Odile, George. 2020. Tropical Dream Palaces: Cinema in Colonial West Africa. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 201 pp.
  47. Oliver van Beemen. 2019. Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed: London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 256 pp.
  48. Omeni, Akali.2020. Insurgency and War in Nigeria: Regional Fracture and the Fight Against Boko Haram. I.B. Tauris Publishers. 270 pp.
  49. Osseo-Asare, Dave Abena. 2019. Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. 278 pp.
  50. Okonta Ike. 2020. The Failure of Leadership in Africa’s Development. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 219 pp.
  51. Piot, Charles. 2019. The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 224 pp.
  52. Pierpaolo, Di Carlo and Jeff Good (eds). 2020. African Multilingualism: Rural Linguistics and Cultural Diversity. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 268 pp.
  53. Reynolds, Pamela. 2019. The Uncaring, Intricate World: A Field Diary, Zambezi Valley, 1984-1985. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 208 pp.
  54. Rogerson J. M. Jennifer. 2020. Privileges of Birth: Constellations of Care, Myth and Race in South Africa. New York, NY: Berghahn Books. 194 pp.
  55. Rouighi, Ramzi. 2020. Inventing the Berbers: History and Ideology in the Maghrib. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. 312 pp.
  56. Rutherford, B.K & Sowers J.L. 2019. Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 208 pp.
  57. Schaefer, P. Ronald & Egbokhare, O. Francis. 2019. Class Marking in Emai: Retention, Reduction and Transformation of Inflectional Resources. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 281 pp.
  58. Schraten, Jurgen. 2020. Credit and Debit in an Unequal Society: Establishing a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa. New York, NY: Berghan Books. 199pp
  59. Smith, Constance. 2019. Nairobi in the Making Landscapes of Time & Urban Belonging.Suffolk, UK: James Currey. 210 pp.
  60. Stanek, Lukasz. 2019. Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in Cold War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 368 pp.
  61. Soetan, Funmi and Akanji, Bola  (eds). 2019. Through the Gender Lens: A Century of Social and Political Development in Nigeria. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 360 pp.
  62. Siollun, Max. 2019. Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune: The Abacha and Obasanjo Years. London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 325 pp.
  63. Styles, A. Megan. 2019. Labor, Environment and the Global Trade in Cut Flowers in lake Naivasha, Kenya: Roses from Kenya. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 248 pp.
  64. Somerville, Keith. 2020. Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa. London, UK:  Hurst Publishers. 368 pp.
  65. Talton, Benjamin. 2020. In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. 328 pp.
  66. Thakur, Vincent and Peter Vale. 2020. South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 184pp.
  67. Villalon, Leonardo and Idrissa, Rahmane. 2020. Democratic Struggle, Institutional Reform, and State Resilience in the African Sahel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 217 pp.
  68. Welsh, Kariamu, Diouf, Esailama & Daniel, Yvonne (eds). 2019. Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities. Champaign, Illinois:University of Illinois Press. 328 pp.
  69. Willan, Brian. 2019. Sol Plaatje: A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press. 770 pp.
  70. Yates, J. Brian. 2020. The Other Abyssinians: The Northern Oromo and the Creation of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1913. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 236 pp.