"Jumo" Ayandele, Olajumoke

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

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

Olajumoke “Jumo” Ayandele is a doctoral candidate at the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University. 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 recently spent 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 African military strategies and policies in battling extremist violence within their territories. Ms. Ayandele has also won numerous awards and grant for her research project. She was awarded the Royal Air Maroc-African Studies Association Student Travel Award and a research grant from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) to conduct her dissertation field research in Africa. Ms. Ayandele is also an Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) Graduate Fellow, where she facilitates the implementation and administration of the HLLC core course, Local Citizenship in a Global World.

Research Activities
Selected Presentations and Guest Lectures

  • "Fighting Jihadism: Explaining African States' Motivation in Requesting Foreign Combat Assistance." Panel titled "Africa and the Agendas of Foreign Powers." Tenth Annual Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Conference. October 19-21, 2017. Washington D.C., USA.
  • "Risk Management—Preparing for Fieldwork." Doctoral Seminar, The Center for International Studies and Research, Institut d’études Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo). March, 2017. Paris, France.
  • "Ethics of Terrorism: The Rise of Boko Haram and Its Insurgency." Panel titled "Dark Horizons: Terrorism and Crime in Globalized World." Rutgers University Global Affairs conference. April 22, 2017. New Jersey, USA.

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