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  1. Abdullah, I. and Rashid I. 2017. Understanding West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic: Towards a Political Economy. London, UK: Zed Books. 322 pp.
  2. Abi-Mershed, Osama. 2018. Social Currents in North Africa: Culture and Governance After the Arab Spring. New York, New York: Oxford University Press. 253 pp.
  3. Adebajo A. & Virk K. (eds.) 2018. Foreign Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Security, Diplomacy and Trade. London and New York: I. B. Tauris. 500 pp.
  4. Archambault, Julie Soleil. 2017. Mobile Secrets: Youth, Intimacy, and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 183 pp.
  5. Asare, Abena A. 2018. Truth Without Reconciliation: A Human Rights History of Ghana. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press. 243 pp.
  6. Asserate, Asfa-Wossen. 2018. African Exodus: Migration and the Future of Europe. London, England: Haus Publishing Ltd.
  7. Ballatine, C., Chapman M., Erwin K. & Mare Gerhard (eds.). 2017. Living Together, Living Apart? Social Cohesion in Future South Africa. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press. 197 pp.p.F., Cabrita J. and Rodet M. (eds.). 2018. Religion, Media and Marginality in Modern Africa. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University
  8. Bedasse, Monique A. 2017. Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the age of Decolonization. University of North Carolina Press. 254 pp.
  9. Bekele, G. & Oyebade, A., 2017. The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 225 pp.
  10. Biko, S. & Sithole, T. 2016. Decolonial Meditations of Black Consciousness. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. 213 pp.
  11. Biruk, C. 2018. Cooking Data: Culture & Politics in An African Research World. Duke University Press. 277 pp.
  12. Brennan, V.L. 2018. Singing Yoruba Christianity: Music, Media, and Morality. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 210 pp.
  13. Bruner, J. 2017. Living Salvation in the East African Revival Uganda. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. 191pp.
  14. Butler, J. 2017. Cradock: How Segregation and Apartheid Came To A South African Town. University of Virginia Press. 243 pp.
  15. Cabrita, Joel. The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States, and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 356 pp.
  16. Cheney, E. Kristen. 2017.Crying for our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS. London: University of Chicago Press Ltd. 239 pp.
  17. Christopher, Emma. 2018. Freedom in Black and White: A lost history of the Illegal Slave Trade and its Global Legacy. Madison Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press. 310 pp.
  18. Clark, Msia K. 2018. Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 266 pp.
  19. Cooper, Frederick. 2018. Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference: Historical Perspectives. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 205 pp.
  20. Davis G.N. (ed.) 2017. Aime Cesaire: Journal of a Homecoming/ Cahier D’un Retour Au Pays Natal. Duke University Press.  304 pp.
  21. Dawson, K. 2018. Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora. University of Pennsylvania Press. 347 pp.
  22. Dewulf, Jeroen. 2017. The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo: The Forgotten History of America’s Dutch-Owned Slaves. University Press of Mississippi. 281 pp.
  23. Enria, Luisa. 2018. The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State: Youth, Labour & Violence in Sierra Leone. Rochester, New York: James Currey. 264 pp.
  24. Fair, Laura. 2018. Reel Pleasures: Cinema Audiences and Entrepreneur in Twentieth-Century Urban Tanzania. Athens, Ohio. 452 pp.
  25. Falola, Toyin. 2017. The Collected Works of J.A. Atanda. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 702 pp.
  26. Filippelo, Marcus.2017. The Nature of the Path: Reading A West African Road. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.217 pp.
  27. s: Fantasy, Reality, and the Making of the State. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. 184 pp.
  28. Fredericks,R. 2018. Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructure of Labor in Dakar, Senegal. Duke University Press. 200 pp.
  29. Geisler, Wolff. Aids: Origin, Spread, and Healing. Uganda: Marianum Press, Kisubi 288 pp.
  30. Geisler, Wolff. The Jubilee Murders: Originators and Methods of Mass Murders. Poligraf, Brzezia. 401 pp.
  31. Giliomee, H. 2017. Hermann Giliomee Historian: An Autobiography. University of Virginia Press.  344 pp.
  32. Gish, Steven D. 2018. Amy Biehl’s Last Home: A Bright Life, a Tragic Death, and a Journey of Reconciliation in South Africa. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 371 pp.
  33. Gomez, M.A. 2018. African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa. Princeton, New Jersey:  Pinceton University Press. 505 pp.
  34. Gore, Christopher D .2017. Electricity in Africa: The Politics of Transformation in Uganda. James Currey. 186 pp.
  35. Guthrie, Z.K. 2018. Bound For Work: Labor, Mobility, and Colonial Rule in Central Mozambique, 1940-1965. University of Virginia Press. 225 pp.
  36. Hackman, Melissa. 2018. Desire Work and Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 195 pp.
  37. Hibou, Béatrice, Boris Samuel and Laurent Fourchard (eds.). The Spirits of Neoliberal Reforms and Everyday Politics of the State in Africa. 2017. Dakar: Amalion Publishing. 191 pp.
  38. Hicks, C. 2018. The Trial of Hissene Habre: How the People of Chad Brought a Tyrant to Justice. Zed Books. 217 pp.
  39. Higginson, P. 2017.  Scoring Race: Jazz, Fiction, and Francophone Africa. James Currey Books. 232 pp.
  40. Huggins, Chris. 2017. Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: Authoritarianism, Markets and Zones of Governance. London, UK: Zed Books. 241 pp.
  41. Huttenbach, Laura Lee P., 2015. The Boy is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 252 pp.
  42. Iliffe, John. 2017. Africans: The History of a Continent Third Edition. New York, USA; Cambridge University Press. 402 pp.
  43. Jalloh, Alusine. 2018. Muslim Fula Business Elites and Politics in Sierra Leone. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. 320 pp.
  44. Johnson, Abiodun O. 2018. There, but for the Grace of God. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 347 pp.
  45. Jowell, Marco. 2018. Peacekeeping in Africa: Politics, Security and the Failure of Foreign Military Assistance. London, New York: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 272 pp.
  46. Kafumbe, Damascus. 2018. Tuning the Kingdom: Kawuugulu Musical Performance. Politics, and Storytelling in Buganda. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. 151 pp.
  47. Kelly, Jill E. 2018. To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence, and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan University Press. 342 pp.
  48. Kithinji, Michael M. 2018. The State and the University Experience in East Africa: Colonial Foundations and Postcolonial Transformations in Kenya. University of South Africa: Unisa Press. 237 pp.
  49. Lis, Daniel, William F.S. Miles and Tudor Parfitt (eds). 2016. In the Shadows of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora. Los Angeles, California: African Academic Press
  50. Mahler, Anne. 2018. From the Tricontenental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity. Durham: Duke University Press. 347 pp.
  51. Markle, Seth M. A Motorycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power, and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism 1964-1974. 2017.East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 265 pp.
  52. Massamba, R. L. 2017. Debunking Myths Around African Talent: Selected historical facts and more recent experiments which offer positive prospects for Africa’s development.  Wandsbeck, South Africa: Reach Publisher’s Services.
  53. McDow, Thomas F. 2018. Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 364 pp.
  54. Moore, M, Prichard W and Fjeldstad, O.H. 2018. Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development. Zed Books. 276 pp.
  55. Morier-Genoud, E., Cahen, M., and do Rosario, Domingos M. 2018. The War Within: New Perspectives on the Civil War in Mozambique 1976-1992. Rochester, New York: James Currey. 268 pp.
  56. Myhre, K. C. 2018. Returning Life: Language, Life Force and History in Kilimanjaro. Berghahn Books. 319 pp.
  57. Murrey, A.(ed.) 2018. A Certain Amount of Madness: The Life, Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara.Archway, London: Pluto Press. 382 pp.
  58. Murilo, B. 2017.Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 232 pp.
  59. Musa, Suad M.E. 2018. Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict: Al-Hakkamat Baggara Women of Darfur. United Kingdom: James Currey. 220 pp.
  60. Nwakanma, O. 2017.Christopher Okigbo: Thirsting for Sunlight. Rochester, New York: James Currey 276 pp.
  61. O’Fahey, R.S. 2017. Darfur and The British. New York: Oxford University Press. 347 pp..
  62. Olaniyan, T. 2017. State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 323 pp.
  63. Olaopa, Tunji. 2017. Reforms, Governance and Development in Nigeria. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 307 pp.
  64. Olaopa, Tunji. 2017. Transforming the African Public Service. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 235 pp.
  65. Oloruntoba, Samuel O. 2017. Africa and its Diaspora History, Identities and Economy. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 400 pp.
  66. Onslow, S. & Plaut, M. 2018. Ohio Short Histories of Africa: Robert Mugabe . Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 208 pp.
  67. Orobator, Agbonkhianmeghe E. 2018. Religion and Faith in Africa: Confessions of an Animist. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. 188 pp.
  68. Oyebade, Adebayo & Bekele Gashawbeza (eds.). 2017. The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in Africa & The African Diaspora. Austin, Texas: Pan-African University Press. 225 pp.
  69. Palmer, I. Moodley N. & Parnell S. 2017. Building A Capable State: Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa. London, UK: Zed Books. 303 pp.
  70. Parker, G.(ed.) 2017. South Africa, Greece, Rome: Classical Confrontations. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 543 pp.
  71. Premawardhana, Devaka. 2018. Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press. 221 pp.
  72. Roschenthaler, U. & Jedlowski, A. (eds.) 2017. Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions. London, UK:  Zed Books.
  73. Rutherford, B.K & Sowers J.L. 2019. Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York, Oxford University Press. 208 pp.
  74. Shell, S.R. 2018. Children of Hope: The Odyssey of the Oromo Slaves from Ethiopia in South Africa. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 334 pp.
  75. Tousignant, Noemi. 2018. Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 209 pp.
  76. Trefon, T. & Kabuyaya N.2018. Goma: Stories of Strength and Sorrow from Eastern Congo. London, UK: Zed Books. 230 pp.
  77. Urdang, S. J. 2017. Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa.  Monthly Review Press. 304 pp.
  78. Van Onselen, Charles. The Cowboy Capitalist: John Hays Hammond, the American West & the Jameson Raid in South Africa. South Africa: University of Virginia Press. 557 pp.
  79. Vinson, R.T. 2018. Ohio Short Stories of Africa: Albert Luthuli. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 191 pp.
  80. Walker-Said, Charlotte. 2018. Faith, Power and Family: Christianity and Social Change in French Cameroon. Rochester, New York: James Currey. 314 pp.
  81. Witulski, C. 2018. The Gnawa Lions: Authenticity and opportunity in Moroccan Ritual Music. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 181 pp.
  82. Walls, A, F. 2017. Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Studies in the History of World Christianity. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. 284 pp.
  83. Weighill,R. & Gaub F. 2018.The Caludron: Nato’s Campaign in Libya. Oxford University Press. 388 pp.
  84. Young, Hershini Bhana. 2017. Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles of Labor in South Africa and the Diaspora. Duke University Press. 270 pp.
  85. Yousef, Adam. 2017. Europe’s Relations with North Africa: Politics, Economics and Security. London and New York: I.B. Tauris. 315 pp.