I am Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University (on research leave for Fall 2020). My research focuses on international relations theory, foreign policy, critical theories of power, and knowledge production and hegemony in the Global South.

My book, Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations (July 2020 ), probes the type of power mechanisms that project, diffuse, and circulate China-Africa relations. The crux of the argument is that it is necessary to take into account the processes of knowledge production, social capital formation, networks, and skills transfers in Chinese foreign policy towards African states to fully understand how power permeates these encounters. For more details, check out the Book tab or the book’s webpage!

My peer-reviewed articles have been published or are forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and Development, African Studies Quarterly, and Rising Powers Quarterly among others. My research was featured and/or quoted in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Aljazeera, The Economist, BBCThe New York Times, CNN, Voice of America, Sputnik International, Mail & Guardian, The Diplomat, The South China Morning Post, The New Republic, SupChinaThe Strait Times, etc. as well as in Africa is a Country where I am a Contributing Editor.

In addition to my teaching and research, I also participate in workshops, roundtables, and consultation briefings that bring together academics and foreign policy makers. These include consultation meetings organized by The Wilson Center, The Carter Center, Stimson Center, National Bureau of Asian Research, Center for Strategic and International Studies, National Defense University, State Department’s Bureau of African affairs, among others.

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