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Leonardo A. Villalon


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Leonardo A. Villalón is dean of the International Center and professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Florida (UF). He is a specialist on the politics of the Francophone countries of the African Sahel (Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad), and coordinates the UF Sahel Research Group. His research has focused on questions of Islam and politics and on democratization and political stability. Villalón has taught at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and Gaston Berger University in St. Louis, Senegal, and he has lectured and directed seminars and workshops at universities and other institutions in numerous other West African countries. His work has been supported by a Carnegie Scholars award and by grants from the US State Department, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and the Minerva initiative. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Modern African Studies.
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