Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

John N Paden

John N Paden

John N Paden

Robinson Professor

Relations between Muslim sub-cultures in Nigeria

Dr. Paden received his BA in philosophy from Occidental College, his MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his PhD in politics from Harvard University. He has served as Director of African Studies at Northwestern University, Professor of Public Administration at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria), and Dean, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, at Bayero University (Kano, Nigeria).

Current Research

Dr. Paden’s current research focuses on relations between Muslim sub-cultures in Nigeria. He has also developed a Mason partnership with Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto in Nigeria, focusing on conflict resolution, with a focus on inter-faith dialogue.

Selected Publications

Faith and Politics in Nigeria: Nigeria as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World (2008).

Religion and Political Culture in Kano (winner of the Herskovits Prize).

The African Experience (four volumes).

Black Africa: A Comparative Handbook.

Understanding Black Africa: Data and Analysis of Social Change and Nation Building.

Values, Identities, and National Integration: Empirical Research in Africa.