Leonardo Villalón Biography
Leonardo Villalón specialises in the politics of Muslim West Africa.
He holds a DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1991-2002 he taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas. As a Fulbright professor and visiting professor, he has taught at two universities in Senegal, and lectured at many institutions in other countries in West Africa. In 2002 Villalón joined the University of Florida as director of the Center for African Studies and associate professor of political science.
His research focuses on the politics of the former French colonies of Sahelian West Africa, and concentrates on the role of Islam in politics and on the processes of democratisation. He leads APPP's Parental Preference and Religious Education research stream.