Amy Niang is a political scientist with research interests in State and Sovereignty, Africa’s International Relations, and the Geopolitics of Security in the Sahel. Her work has been published in journals such as International Relations; Alternatives; Politics; African Studies; African Economic History, Journal of Ritual Studies and in many edited collections. She is the author of The Postcolonial African State in Transition: Stateness and Modes of Sovereignty (2018), the co-editor (with Baz Lecocq) of Identités sahéliennes en temps de crise : histoires, enjeux et perspectives (2019) and of Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Theory, Fieldwork and Context (with Ismail Rashid, 2020). She is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. Prior to her current position, she taught at the University of the Witwatersrand for many years and has also held visiting positions at the University of Sao Paulo, Princeton University, the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Michigan, the Institute of Peace ad Security Studies (IPSS) and many other institutions. Niang is a member of the Advisory Board of the African Peacebuilding Network of Social Science Research Council (APN-SSRC); a board member of the Program on African Social Research; a committee member of the General History of Senegal (GHS) and member of the editorial/advisory board of a dozen journals in Political science, International Relations and African Studies.