My research examines the intersection of international political economy, African politics, critical globalization studies, and the politics of higher education. My book manuscript Making the World Global: American Universities and the Production of the Global Imaginary examines how relationships between universities, the American state, philanthropic organizations, and international financial organizations shape the reproduction of academic knowledge about the world as global. It documents how the state-sponsored Cold War university—which imagined the world as a system of nation-states—was gradually replaced by more marketized forms of academic knowledge production and, in the process, created the conditions within which “the global” has become a particular object of knowledge.
el-Malik, S. and Kamola, I. eds. (2017) Politics of African Anticolonial Archive (London: Rowman and Littlefield International).
Chou, M-H, Kamola, I., and Pietsch, T. eds. (2016) The Transnational Politics of Higher Education: Contesting the Global/Transforming the Local (New York: Routledge).
Kamola, I. (2014) “Steve Biko and a Critique of Global Governance as White Liberalism,” African Identities: 1-15.
Kamola, I. (2013) “Why Global?: Diagnosing the Globalization Literature Within a Political Economy of Higher Education,” International Political Sociology, 7(1): 41-58.
Kamola, I. (2012) “U.S. Universities and the Production of the Global Imaginary,” British Journal of Politics and International Relations: 1-19.
Kamola, I. (2011) “Pursuing Excellence in a ‘World Class African University’: The Mamdani Affair and the Politics of ‘Global’ Higher Education,” Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 9(1&2): 147-168.
Kamola, I. (2007) “The Global Coffee Economy and the Production of Genocide in Rwanda,” Third World Quarterly 28(3): 571-592.