Books and Monograph

  • Bah, Abu Bakarr and Nikolas Emmanuel. International Statebuilding in West Africa: Civil Wars and New Humanitarianism in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire (Indiana University Press, 2024).  Web link
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr (editor). African Security: Local Issues and Global Connections (Ohio University Press, 2024).  Web link
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr (editor). Post-Conflict Institutional Design: Peacebuilding and Democracy in Africa. London: Zed Books/Bloomsbury Press, 2020.  Web link
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr (editor). International Security and Peacebuilding: Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017.  Web link
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. Breakdown and Reconstitution: Democracy, the Nation-State, and Ethnicity in Nigeria. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.  Web link
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Ethnic Conflicts and Management Strategies in Bulgaria, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.” Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies Monograph New Series, no. 3. Ibadan, Nigeria: John Archers Publishers, 2003.  Web link

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Bah, Abu Bakarr and Ibrahim Bangura. "Landholding and the Creation of Lumpen Tenants in Freetown: Youth Economic Survival and Patrimonialism in Postwar Sierra Leone." Critical Sociology 49, no. 7-8 (2023): 1289-1305.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, and Margaret Nasambu Barasa. “Indigenous Knowledge and the Social Construction of Patriarchy: The Case of the Bukusu of Kenya.” Critical Sociology, 49, 2 (2023): 217–232.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr; Emmanuel, Nikolas. “Migration Cooperation between Africa and Europe: Understanding the Role of International Incentives.” In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press., 2022. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.735
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr and Nikolas Emmanuel. “Positive Peace and the Methodology of Costing Peacebuilding Needs: The Case of Burundi.” Administrative Theory & Praxis, 43, no. 3 (2020): 299–318. [First author]
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. "People-Centered Liberalism: An Alternative Approach to International State-Building in Sierra Leone and Liberia." Critical Sociology 43, no. 7-8 (2017): 989-1007. [Lead article]
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, “Civil Non-State Actors in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in West Africa.” Journal of International Peacekeeping 17, no. 3-4 (2013): 313-336.
    [Translated into Spanish at Campos en Ciencias Sociales based at Universidad Santo Tomas in Colombia (vol. 8, #1, 2020)].
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “The Contours of New Humanitarianism: War and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone.” Africa Today 60, no. 1 (2013): 3-26. [Lead article]
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “State Decay: A Conceptual Frame for Failing and Failed States in West Africa.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 25, no. 1-3 (2012): 71-89.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “State Decay and Civil War: A Discourse on Power in Sierra Leone.” Critical Sociology 37, no. 2 (2011): 199-216.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Democracy and Civil War: Citizenship and Peacemaking in Côte d’Ivoire.” African Affairs 109, no. 437 (2010): 597-615.
    [Translated into Spanish at Campos en Ciencias Sociales based at Universidad Santo Tomas in Colombia (vol. 8, #2, 2020)].
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, “Racial Profiling and the War on Terror: Changing Trends and Perspectives.” Ethnic Studies Review 29, no. 1 (2006): 76-100.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Reconciling Ethnic and National Identities in a Divided Society: The Nigerian Dilemma of Nation-State Building.” Democracy & Development: Journal of West African Affairs 4, no. 2 (Harmattan Edition 2004): 27-43.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Approaches to Nation Building in Post Colonial Nigeria.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology (renamed Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review) 32, no. 1 (Summer 2004): 45-60.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Changing World Order and the Future of Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 21, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 3-12.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Women in Present-day West African Societies.” Annuaire de L’Universite de Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Faculte de Philisophie, Livre—Sociologie 87 (1995): 111-128; (in Bulgarian language).

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Forward to Book

  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “Forward” to Contemporary Africa and the Foreseeable World Order, edited by Francis Onditi et al., Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr. “African Agency in New Humanitarianism and Responsible Governance,” in International Security and Peacebuilding: Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, pp. 148 – 169, edited by Abu Bakarr Bah, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr and Fredrick Ogenga. “Institutional Design, Democracy, and Peacebuilding in Africa” in Post-Conflict Institutional Designs in Africa, edited by Abu Bakarr Bah London: Zed Books/University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Non-refereed Academic Publications

  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, “The Banality of Oppression, Multipolarity and the Ukraine War.” The Elephant.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, “The Ukraine War and Strategic Shifts in International Relations.” Leiden Security and­ Global Affairs Blog.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, “The Dialectics of Loyalty in African Politics: Rule of Law and Corruption.” Democracy in Africa blog June 24, 2022.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr, Mark Davidheiser, Niklas Hultin, and Tricia Redeker Hepner. “Introduction to ACPR: African Conflict in Global Perspective.” African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review 1, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 1-7.
  • Bah, Abu Bakarr “Creole,” in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society, edited by Richard T. Shaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2008).
  • Bah, Abu. “How Ethical is it to Purchase or Sell Weapons in Either Cash or Credit Instead of Financing Social and Economic Development?” in Science, Technology, and Ethical Priorities, edited by Jennifer Seltzer, 172-175. Washington: Student Pugwash USA, 1997.

Book Reviews

  • Book review of Nation Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa, by Dominic Thomas, in Journal of Military and Political Sociology 32, no. 1 (2004): 165-166.
  • Book review of The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, 1880 -1995, by Thomas Bassett. Journal of International Labor and Working Class History 63 (2003): 173-175.


Abu Bakarr Bah, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology
Zulauf 807

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