My research interests are in the relationship between intellectual history, broadly construed, and social policy. 

During my doctorate and postdoctoral studies, I tried to understand some of the dynamics of some African intellectual communities. I explored the ways in which the realm of ideas and political economy factors have shaped intellectual communities. I continue to reflect on this work, with an interest to understand how some intellectual communities have managed to survive periods of intense crises.

I've also grown increasingly interested in the relationship between policy and scholarship, particularly in terms of social experimentation and its role in education policymaking on the continent. I am curious to understand: what does a democratic social policy look like, and what role should research play in this regard?

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