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Dr Adam Branch

Dr Adam Branch


University Teaching Officer

Trinity Hall

Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00-11.00am


Adam Branch is University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies. He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University and his BA from Harvard University. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala. He is the author of two books: Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (Zed Books, 2015, co-authored with Zachariah Mampilly) and Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda (Oxford University Press, 2011). His CV is here.

Research Interests

Adam’s research has focused on African politics, in particular on political violence, foreign intervention, and popular resistance. At present, he is developing three research agendas: first, around the politics and political ecology of natural resource extraction, infrastructure development, and climate change adaptation in East Africa; second, on the International Criminal Court and possibilities for counter-hegemonic international law; third, on the politics of knowledge production and the decolonization of the university in Africa and globally. At present, he is Primary Investigator on the AHRC/ESRC-funded research project, “Narratives of Conflict, Climate, and Development: Re-envisioning Sustainability from Post-War Northern Uganda” and co-organizer of the CRASSH Faculty Research Group, “Decolonizing the Curriculum in Theory and Practice.”


Adam is the course organizer and primary lecturer for POL2, “International Conflict, Order and Justice,” a required first-year undergraduate lecture class. He is also course organizer and MPhil Director for the MPhil in African Studies.


Key Publications

"Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change" (Zed Books, 2015; co-written with Zachariah Mampilly)

"Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda" (Oxford University Press, 2011).

“Dominic Ongwen on Trial: The ICC’s African Dilemmas.” 2017. International Journal of Transitional Justice 11:1.

“The Violence of Peace: Ethnojustice in Northern Uganda.” 2014. Development and Change 45:3.

“The Responsibility to Protect and Africa’s International Relations.” Handbook of Africa’s International Relations, edited by Tim Murithi (Routledge, 2013).

“Gulu in War ... and Peace? The Town as Camp in Northern Uganda.” 2013. Urban Studies 50:15.

“The Paradoxes of Protection: Aligning against the Lord’s Resistance Army.” 2012. African Security 5:3-4.

“Neither Liberal nor Peaceful? Practices of ‘Global Justice’ by the ICC.” In A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding, edited by Susanna Campbell, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam (Zed Books, 2011).

“The Irresponsibility of the Responsibility to Protect in Africa.” In Critical Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect: Interrogating Theory and Practice, edited by Philip Cunliffe (Routledge, 2011).

“The Roots of LRA Violence: Political Crisis and Politicized Ethnicity in Acholiland.” In The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and Reality, edited by Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot (Zed Books, 2010).

“Humanitarianism, Violence, and the Camp in Northern Uganda.” 2009. Civil Wars 11:4.

“Against Humanitarian Impunity: Rethinking Responsibility for Displacement and Disaster in Northern Uganda.” 2008. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 2:2.

“Uganda’s Civil War and the Politics of ICC Intervention.” 2007. Ethics and International Affairs 21:2.