Book Talk: Searching for Boko Haram | DKU Library Book Fair 2021 | Duke Kunshan University

Book Talk: Searching for Boko Haram | DKU Library Book Fair 2021

Event List | Duke Kunshan Library Book Fair 2021


11 am – 12 pm, April 23 (CST) • AB Ballroom & Online
Zoom ID: 964 4357 9553; passcode: 700304.

In Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa, Scott MacEachern places the insurgent group Boko Haram, which has terrorized northeastern Nigeria through the last six years, in a historical and cultural context. In this event, MacEachern will join Zach Fredman and discuss cultural changes in the lands south of Lake Chad through deep time, especially how these ancient processes can help us think about Boko Haram’s activities in the present. The archaeological and documentary record for this area is unusually rich for sub-Saharan Africa, and allows us to understand Boko Haram within a historical narrative that stretches back directly five centuries, with cultural origins that stretch even deeper into the past.

Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa
Paperback available at DKU Library: HV643.N62 B657 2018
eBook available at:

Guest Speaker

Scott MacEachern is Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke Kunshan University. He specializes in research on the Neolithic, Iron Age and precolonial history of the Lake Chad Basin, in Central Africa. Besides Searching for Boko Haram, his current efforts involve a project on anthropic landscape changes in the Benue River Valley of Cameroon during the Iron Age as well as work on cultural heritage management in Central and West Africa, in the context of development and resource-extraction efforts.


Zach Fredman is a historian of the United States in the world and modern China. His first book, tentatively titled From Allied Friend to Mortal Enemy: The U.S. Military in Wartime China, is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press. Zach has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History, The Journal of Modern Chinese History, Modern American History, Frontiers of History in China, and Diplomacy and Statecraft. His writing has also appeared in The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He joined DKU as part of the founding faculty cohort in 2018 and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding (2017-2018) and Nanyang Technological University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2017).