Joshua Krusell

 Joshua Krusell
Mentor: Dr. Susan O'Brien
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I originally got involved with research in order to pursue my own academic interests, namely Northern Nigeria and Islam, beyond a classroom setting. I applied to USP as a means to support my research for my thesis to graduate with honors which I believe offers me the best preparation for graduate school."


History; Political Science



Research Interests

  • Postcolonialism
  • Nigeria
  • International Relations Theory

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Political Science Junior Fellow


  • Phi Alpha Theta


  • Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
  • Intern at the Global Giving Foundation

Hobbies and Interests

  • Fencing
  • Piano
  • Diving
  • Surfing

Research Description

The Political Ideology of Aminu Kano and Nigerian Independence
My project is largely focused on the political career of Aminu Kano, a Northern Nigerian politician who espoused a particular ideology centered on equitable economic development and greater democratization as a means to creating an egalitarian society within Northern Nigeria. Despite being a charismatic populist figure, Aminu Kano never achieved significant political success. However, the conflict between Aminu Kano's political party, the Northern Elements Progressive Union, and the dominant Northern Nigerian party, the National People's Congress, reflected the tensions inherent within Hausa (the dominant ethnic group in Northern Nigeria) society following the British colonial policy of indirect rule. These tensions arose from the British desire to maintain a traditional conceptualization of Hausa identity, in order to reinforce and promulgate the political/religious institutions of the co-opted political elite, and the overarching ideological goal of colonialism to 'civilize' the indigenous populations through technological and economic development. Thus, I am interested in how Aminu Kano's politics fit within the larger discourse on modernization within Northern Nigeria at the time of independence and its continued effect on the sociopolitical construction of Hausa identity. Although this research is fairly specific in terms of geographical and historical focus, the political and religious conflicts which arose from the legacies of indirect rule provide insight into the current volatility within Northern Nigeria.