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Dr Mamadou Bodian was a Researcher in the SIPRI Sahel and West Africa Programme. He is a founding member of the Sahel Research Group (SRG) at the University of Florida which is a collaborative effort to understand the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics of the countries of the West African Sahel. Dr Bodian was also a Project Coordinator for the Trans-Saharan Elections Programme (TSEP) at the University of Florida. From 2008 to 2009, he served as a Senior Researcher in the Project Office 'Islam Research Programme' at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Senegal, a project sponsored by Leiden University and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been acting as an expert for Freedom House (Mali) since 2015, Variety of Democracy (Mauritania) since 2015, and Afrobarometer (Senegal) since 2018.
Dr Bodian received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida in 2016 and a Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) in Sociology from the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar in 2007. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the West Africa Research Center (WARC) in Senegal to oversee a research project on 'Student activism and religious movements in Sahelian Universities' funded by the Sahel Research Group thanks to an additional Minerva grant for 2017-18.
Religion, democracy, electoral reforms, education, security and foreign policy
PhD in Political Sciences at University of Florida