Omobolaji Olarinmoye

Omobolaji Olarinmoye
Omobolaji Olarinmoye

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Kirner-Johnson 105

Omobolaji Olarinmoye has published articles, book chapters and monographs about African politics and Nigerian government and politics, development studies, peacekeeping and post-conflict peace-building and faith-based development. He has a doctorate in comparative politics from the University of Ibadan. Olarinmoye's doctoral thesis on the politics of ethnic mobilization among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria was awarded the Best Thesis Prize in Nigerian Politics and Government from the Department of Political Science at University of Ibadan in 2007. He recently completed a post-doctoral Global Leaders Fellowship sponsored by University of Oxford and Princeton University.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Politics of Africa
Poverty and Development
Fragile States
U.S.-Africa Relations


  • Levitt Center Project SHINE course development grant, 2013
  • Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Programme Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-12
  • Mineral Economics and Management Society's Thomas Torries Research Paper Award, April 2008
  • Cadbury Fellow at Center of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, March-June 2006
  • Research grantee, Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity, University of Oxford, 2006
  • SEPHIS/CSSSC International Research Programme Fellowship Grant, Center for the Study of Social Sciences, Kolkata, India, 2004
  • Fellow and grantee (Ph.D Bursary), Center for Research and Documentation, Kano, 2004
  • Fellow and grantee (Ph.D Bursary), Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies University of Ibadan, 2003
  • Grantee (Ph.D Field work Bursary), Institut Français de Recherché en Afrique, 2003
  • Institut Français de Recherché en Afrique Research Grant in France, April 2000-September 2001
  • Government of France Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in France, April 2000-September 2001

Selected Publications

  • “Accountability in Faith-Based Development Organizations in Nigeria,” Transformations, Journal of Holistic Mission Studies, Sage/Oxford, Volume 31 Issue 1, pp. 47 - 61, January 2014.
  • Eghosa E. Osaghae and Omobolaji O. Olarinmoye “Nigeria’s Solidarity with South Africa’s Liberation Struggle” in The Road to Democracy in South Africa: Volume 5, African Solidarity, Durban, South African Democracy Education Trust/UNISA Press, April 2013.
  • “Negotiating Empowerment: Women and Identity in Nigeria,” Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol., Vol.5(3): 59-65, April, 2013.
  • “Muslim Women Reformers in Africa: The Nigerian Case,” Africa Zamani, Vol. 19-20, pp. 133-150, 2013.
  • Olarinmoye O.O., “Accountability of Religious Organizations in Situations of Political Instability: The Nigerian Case,” Ibadan Journal of Peace and Development 1: 225-251, 2012.
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  • “Faith-based Organizations and Development: Prospects and Constraints,” Transformations, An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies, Sage/Oxford, 1-14, January, 2012.
  • “Accountability in Development Aid: Possible Contributions of Faith-based Organizations,” in Ayantayo, J.K., Dada, O.A. and Labeodan, H.A (eds.) Religion and Governance in Nigeria, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, pp 140-166, 2012.
  • The Effects of the Middle East Protests: A West African Perspective (with Illy, Ousseni) GEG Memo, 2011. www.globaleconomicgovernance.org
  • “Democracy, Participation and Development in Nigeria's Fourth Republic 1999-2003”, Turkish Journal of Politics, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fatih University, Istanbul, 2011.
  • “The Subaltern Encounters the State: OPC-State Relations 1999-2003,” in Adebanwi, Wale & Obadare Ebenezer (eds.) Encountering the Nigerian State (Africa Connects), Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 2010.
  • “Ethics and Accountability in Nigerian Public Service: A Historical Review,” (with Agara, Tunde) Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research, Vol. 1(1) pp. 011-018 May, 2009.
  • “Governing the African Public Sphere: A Synthesis of Scientific Sessions of the 12th CODESRIA General Assembly," December 2009, (with Soufonou, Abdon), CODESRIA Bulletin, January-March 2009, pp. 9-13.
  • “Godfathers, Political Parties and Electoral Corruption in Nigeria,” African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, Vol2 (3), November 2008.
  • “Politics does Matter: The Nigerian State & Oil (resource) Curse”, Africa Development, Vol. XXXIII, No.3, 2008.
  • “RECAMP in Central African Republic,” Journal of Contemporary Politics, Vol. 1, No. 1, University of Ado-Ekiti, May 2007.

Professional Affiliations

Midwest Political Science Association
Association for Peace Studies and Practice, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training, NORRAG
Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies, U.I
DAMINA Network, Center for Research and Documentation, Kano, Nigeria
ETHNOPOLITICS Specialist Group

Appointed to the Faculty: 2012

Educational Background

Ph.D.,University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
M. Phil /D.E.A, Institut d`études Politique, Bordeaux, France
M.S., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
B.S., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

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