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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 and Director of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies. He is also the Director of the Philomathia Africa Programme and the current Chair of the Cambridge Consortium for the Global South, as well as a Fellow of Trinity Hall. 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, international intervention, and popular resistance. At present, he is working on three research agendas. The first is around the politics and political ecology of climate change adaptation and natural resource extraction in East Africa, a collaborative project conducted with scholars at Makerere University and funded by the AHRC. The second agenda investigates the International Criminal Court and the politics of transitional justice. It is focused around the “Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives” project carried out with the School of Law and East African partner organizations. The third research agenda looks to the politics of knowledge production on Africa and possibilities for the decolonization of African Studies. This research is helping to inform changes to the African Studies MPhil curriculum and to a broader re-orientation of the Centre of African Studies.


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).


Other Publications

Charcoal Power: The Political Violence of Non-Fossil Fuel in Uganda. 2018. Geoforum.

The African Criminal Court: Towards an Emancipatory Politics. 2019. In The African Court of Justice and Human and People’s Rights in Context, edited by C. Jalloh, K. Clarke and V. Nmehielle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Decolonizing the African Studies Centre. 2018. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology. 36:2.

From Disaster to Devastation: Drought as War in Northern Uganda. 2018. Disasters. 42:S2, 306-327.

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

Neoliberal discipline and violence in northern Uganda, co-authored with Adrian Yen. 2018. In Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation, edited by Jörg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco (London: Zed Books).

The Violence of Peace: Ethnojustice in Northern Uganda. 2014. Development and Change 45:3. (Included in Transitional Justice, ed. Christine Bell, Ashgate, 2015)

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.

The Role of the ICC in Northern Uganda. In Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory, edited by Andrea Bartoli, Zachariah Mampilly, and Susan Allen Nan (Praeger, 2011).

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. (Excerpted in International and Transnational Criminal Law Casebook [Aspen Publishers, 2014]. Winner, Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice, Columbia University.)

American Morality over International Law: Origins in UN Military Interventions, 1991-1995. 2005. Constellations 12:1.

Neither Peace nor Justice: Political Violence and the Peasantry in Northern Uganda, 1986-1998. 2005. African Studies Quarterly 8:2.

Winning the War but Losing the Peace? The Dilemma of SPLM/A Civil Administration and the Tasks Ahead. 2005. Journal of Modern African Studies 43:1. Co-written with Zachariah Mampilly.