I am Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. My research focuses on international relations theory, foreign policy, critical theories of power, and rising powers.

My book, Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations, is coming out with the University of Michigan Press. It probes the type of power mechanisms that build, diffuse, and project China’s power in Africa. The crux of the argument is that it is necessary to take into account the processes of knowledge production, social capital formation, and skills transfers in Chinese foreign policy towards African states to fully understand China’s power building mechanisms. For more details, check out the Book tab!

I regularly participate in workshops, roundtables, and consultation briefings that bring together academics and foreign policy makers. These include consultation meetings organized by The Carter Center, Stimson Center, National Defense University, State Department’s Bureau of African affairs, and the National Intelligence Council.

My research was featured and/or quoted in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, The Economist, BBCThe New York Times, Voice of America, Sputnik International, Mail & Guardian, The DiplomatThe New Republic, SupChinaThe Strait Times, etc. as well as in Africa is a Country where I am a Contributing Editor.

Wake Forest politics professor Lina Benabdallah in her office in Kirby Hall on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.