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Press freedom, democratization, and election quality in Africa discussion on April 19

This year has been dubbed the year of elections; nowhere is this truer than in Africa, where 22 countries are holding presidential and parliamentary elections. This talk will explore the opportunities for increased democratization in African nations through press freedom, access to information, and free elections. The talk features Dr. Kingsley Ngange, a professor from Cameroon who is working from the University of Florida this year as a Fulbright scholar to develop stronger laws for his country in press freedom and access to information, as well as Dr. Nicholas Kerr, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida, whose research focuses on democratization and elections in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024

Time: 3-4:15 p.m.

Place: Weimer Hall, Room 3032

Sponsors: UF Center for African Studies, Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Project, and Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

For more information: Contact Dr. David Cuillier,


Dr. Kingsley Lyonga Ngange is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, University of Buea, Cameroon. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting African Research Scholar at the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Project, in the College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida. He is a former broadcast journalist with the Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation and former Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Buea for several years. He has been involved in Journalism and Mass Communication training, practice, education, and management for the past 25 years. He been a visiting scholar in the USA (2010, 2015 and 2023/2024) and different parts of Africa for a decade now. Dr. Ngange has supervised several Masters and Ph.D. theses and published extensively in reputable international journals and books.


Dr. Nicholas N. Kerr is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research interests include comparative institutions, democratization, electoral management, electoral integrity, public opinion, and African politics. His first book, Electoral Commissions and Democratization in Africa, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. He has also published in leading journals, including Comparative PoliticsGovernancePolitical Research QuarterlyPolitical StudiesPolitical Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Electoral Studies. Several of these publications have explored how electoral institutions, processes, and outcomes affect popular and elite legitimacy. Nicholas also has experience conducting fieldwork and organizing surveys in several African countries and has advised several prominent democracy promotion and political development organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Williams College.


Dr. Miles Larmer is now, after a decade at the University of Oxford (2013-2023), Professor of History and Director of the Center of African Studies at the University of Florida. His research focuses on southern and central Africa, specializing in the modern history of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work analyses how local African actors have engaged andintersected with global historical dynamics, and in so doing challenges the ‘methodological nationalism’ of much modern African historiography. He has written on social and political change; labor and social movements; extractive communities; military conflict amid Africa’s Cold War; nationalism, migration and urbanization; and, more recently, environmental history and intellectual history, particularly focusing on the relationship between social history and knowledge

Posted: March 21, 2024
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