Ayandele, Olajumoke

Area of Study: 
Extremist Violence; Islamist Insurgent Groups; Sub-Saharan Africa; Conflict & War; International Security
Proposed Dissertation Topic: 

"Extreme Ideologies and Conflict: A Comparison of Government Policies and Military Strategies in Africa"

Biography
Olajumoke “Jumo” Ayandele is a doctoral candidate at the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University- Newark. Prior to attending Rutgers, Olajumoke graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science (Hons.) and a Master of Public Administration Degree. She was also a recipient of the New York University President’s Service Award. Ms. Ayandele has a diverse skill set derived from work experience in the policy division of the Women City Club of New York, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA Staff Council and the Cambodian National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development. In these positions, her responsibilities included, but were not limited to researching, analyzing, and writing policy memoranda on various issues pertaining to economic development, inequality, education, and women and children’s rights. Ms Ayandele’s research interests are broadly in the areas of international security, political violence, and religious conflict. More specifically, her research focuses on Islamic insurgent groups and counterterrorism efforts in Africa. She was recently awarded the Royal Air Maroc-African Studies Association Student Travel Award to conduct her dissertation field research in Africa. Ms. Ayandele is currently spending the spring of 2017 in Paris, France at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as a Visiting Ph.D. Researcher at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) working with experts to better understand the ongoing conflicts in Mali and Somalia, and will also be presenting her research findings

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