Alexander Thurston

Alexander John Thurston

Assoc Professor

Professional Summary

I study Islam and politics in northwest Africa, with a focus on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have conducted field research in Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso.


Ph.D.: Northwestern University Evanston, IL, 2013 (Religious Studies)

M.A.: Georgetown University Washington, DC, 2009 (Arab Studies)


Published Books

Alexander Thurston (2016. ) Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching and Politics .Cambridge , Cambridge University Press (Author)

Alexander Thurston (2018. ) Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement .Princeton , Princeton University Press (Author)

Alexander Thurston (2020. ) Jihadists of North Africa and the Sahel: Local Politics and Rebel Groups .Cambridge , Cambridge University Press (Author)