About Susan Thomson

I am professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University.

Susan Thomson is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. I like to interview pretenure scholars about their research. I am particularly keen on their method and methodology, as well as the process of producing academic knowledge about African places and people.

NBN Episodes hosted by Susan:

Kathleen Klaus, "Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

December 31, 2023

Political Violence in Kenya

Kathleen Klaus
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Kathleen Klaus, Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco has written a terrific book, Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Ele…

Susan Hartman, "City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town" (Beacon Press, 2022)

May 2, 2023

City of Refugees

Susan Hartman
Hosted by Susan Thomson

How can scholars employ the practices and techniques of investigative journalism? Susan Hartman provides an answer in her intimate look at refugee e…

Anjan Sundaram, "Breakup: A Marriage in Wartime" (Catapult, 2023)

March 24, 2023


Anjan Sundaram
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Anjan Sundaram is an award-winning journalist who has written three books on African people and places: Democratic Republic of Congo in Stringer, Rwan…

Jeffrey S. Bachman, "The Politics of Genocide: From the Genocide Convention to the Responsibility to Protect" (Rutgers UP, 2022)

February 24, 2023

The Politics of Genocide

Jeffrey S. Bachman
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Why have the founding members of the United Nations (the P5) evaded accountability for their crimes of genocide? Jeff Bachman, of the American Univer…

Peer Schouten, "Roadblock Politics: The Origins of Violence in Central Africa" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 8, 2022

Roadblock Politics

Peer Schouten
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Peer Schouten, of the Danish Institute for International Studies, has written a breathtaking book. Roadblock Politics: The Origins of Violence in Cent…

Erin Jessee et al., "Nyiragitwa: Daughter of Sacyega" (Mudacumura, 2021)

January 31, 2022


Erin Jessee and Jerome Irankunda
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Erin Jessee, of the University of Glasgow, with her Rwandan co-author Jerome Irankunda, illustrator Christian Mafigiri, and translator Sylvere Mwizerw…

S. Garnett Russell, "Becoming Rwandan: Education, Reconciliation, and the Making of a Post-Genocide Citizen" (Rutgers UP, 2020)

May 12, 2021

Becoming Rwandan

S. Garnett Russell
Hosted by Susan Thomson

In Becoming Rwandan: Education, Reconciliation and the Making of a Post-Genocide Citizen (Rutgers UP, 2020), S. Garnett Russell argues that although t…

Duane Jethro, "Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

April 7, 2021

Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Duane Jethro
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Duane Jethro’s Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power (Bloomsbury, 2020) is a terrific book. In it, Je…

Dan Hicks, "The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution" (Pluto Books, 2020)

March 26, 2021

The Brutish Museums

Dan Hicks
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Dan Hicks, Curator and Professor of Contemporary Archaeology, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University has written a terrific book. The Brutish Museum…

Michela Wrong, "Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad" (PublicAffairs, 2021)

March 16, 2021

Do Not Disturb

Michela Wrong
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Michela Wrong’s Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad (PublicAffairs, 2021) is a glorious piece of journalism…

Juliane Okot Bitek, "100 Days" (U Alberta Press, 2016)

February 12, 2021

100 Days

Juliane Okot Bitek
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Juliane Okot Bitek, of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, has written a terrific book of …

Anais Angelo, "Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

September 23, 2020

Power and the Presidency in Kenya

Anais Angelo
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Anais Angelo, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Vienna has written an exceptional book entitled Power …

Jacob Mundy, "Libya" (Polity, 2018)

September 7, 2020


Jacob Mundy
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Jacob Mundy is associate professor of PCON at Colgate University He’s written a great book titled Libya, published in 2018 in Polity Presses' "Hot Spo…

Will Rollason, "Motorbike People: Power and Politics on Rwandan Streets" (Lexington Books, 2020)

July 20, 2020

Motorbike People

Will Rollason
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Will Rollason is senior lecturer of anthropology at Brunel University London. He’s written a fascinating book titled Motorbike People: Power and Polit…

Kara Moskowitz, "Seeing Like A Citizen: Decolonization, Development and the Making of Kenya, 1945-1980" (Ohio UP, 2019)

July 7, 2020

Seeing Like A Citizen

Kara Moskowitz
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Kara Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of African History as the University of Missouri-St. Louis. has written a terrific book, Seeing Like A Citizen: De…

Sean Jacobs, "Media in Postapartheid South Africa: Postcolonial Politics in the Age of Globalization" (Indiana UP, 2019)

February 4, 2020

Media in Postapartheid South Africa

Sean Jacobs
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York City. Jacobs is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed A…

Catherine L. Besteman, "Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine" (Duke UP, 2016)

January 21, 2020

Making Refuge

Catherine L. Besteman
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Catherine L. Besteman's book Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine (Duke University Press, 2016) is an important contribution to ou…

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, "Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Everyday Life in an In-Between City" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

December 2, 2019

Migrant Women of Johannesburg

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato's Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Everyday Life in an In-Between City (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) is a book about home and not-h…

Rita Kesselring, "Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa" (Stanford UP, 2017)

October 17, 2019

Bodies of Truth

Rita Kesselring
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Rita Kesselring’s important book Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Stanford University Press, 2017) seeks…

Tsega Etefa, "The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Politics and Violence in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) 

August 7, 2019

The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa

Tsega Etefa
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Are ethnic conflicts in Africa the product of age-old ancient hatreds? Tsega Etefa’s new book, The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Politics and …

Reinhart Kössler, "Namibia and Germany: Negotiating the Past" (U Namibia Press, 2015)

July 24, 2019

Namibia and Germany

Reinhart Kössler
Hosted by Susan Thomson

Today’s Namibia was once the German colony of South West Africa, for a 30-year period spanning of 1884 to 1915. From 1904-1908, German colonial troops…