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Skidmore College
Political Science Department

Emmanuel Balogun

Emmanuel Balogun

Contact Information & Background:

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: Ladd Hall #317
Phone: 518-580-5236

Visit Professor Balogun's personal website at

Social Media:
Twitter: @EA_Balogun


  • Ph.D. & M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware
  • M.A. in Political Science from Western Illinois University
  • B.A. in Political Science from New England College


Professor Emmanuel Balogun teaches in the Department of Political Science at Skidmore College. He is an affiliate of the Black Studies program.

In Professor Balogun’s Introduction to International Politics class, Skidmore students learn what it's like to build a country from scratch. Students discover their countries must work together to survive. They practice their creative problem solving during this semester-long simulation. In his upper level classes, students write to gain practical skills. They practice communicating through public writing and policy briefs. Students love learning how to make a podcast in this class.

His favorite part of being a teacher is seeing students get excited about making connections. He enjoys when students collaborate with him on his current project about how Africa engages with the world. Professor Balogun’s research focuses on African politics, especially how Africa engages with other countries to position themselves in international policy and trade agreements.

Emmanuel received the 2021 Skidmore College President’s Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership.

Read his full bio.

Research Interests:

  • African Politics
  • African Agency
  • Regional Organizations
  • International Organizations
  • Global Health Governance
  • Peace and Security Governance
  • Civil Society in Africa

View Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • Introduction to Comparative and International Politics
  • Contemporary African Politics
  • Hip-Hop, Politics, and Protest
  • International Organizations and Global Governance
  • International Relations of the Global South

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  • How to Ask Your Professor for a Recommendation
  • Recommendation Request Form
  • Internship List
  • Schedule a meeting with Professor Balogun


  • Emmanuel Balogun’s book, Region-Building in West Africa: Convergence and Agency in West Africa (Routledge 2022), shows how regional organizations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) influence regional governance. By collaborating with bureaucrats and other regions, practitioners are able to create policy while deepening relationships with civilians. His current research project focuses on Africa’s role in global governance.

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Select Publications

  • Region-Building in West Africa: Convergence and Agencyin ECOWAS, from Routledge 2022
  • With Aarie Glas, “Don’t expect regional organizations to rein in coups” for The Monkey Cage on The Washington Post, July 14, 2021
  • “Comparative Regionalism,” an entry in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, 2021
  • “African Agency in Practice: Acquiring Agency and Institutional Change in the West African Health Organization,” an article in African Spectrum, 2021
  • With Amy Patterson, “African Responses to COVID-19: The Reckoning of Agency?” an article in African Studies Review, 2021

Read Emmanuel Balogun’s publications.