Research professor in history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Berkeley, Havard University, and at Yale University. He has written extensively on African history and politics, including La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (1996). On the Postcolony was published in 2000 in French, in English in 2001. His Critique de la raison nègre appeared in 2013, with a German translation in 2014, the English translation this year, and Politiques de l’inimitié in 2016, with the German translation due in 2018.