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John N. Paden

Clarence J. Robinson Professor Emeritus of International Studies
John N. Paden



East Building 207G, MSN: 1D6
Fairfax, Virginia 22033

George Mason University Robinson Professors
AffiliationsAli Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic StudiesIslamic Studies, Co-Director, Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

Fax: 703-993-2175



Dr. Paden received his BA in philosophy from Occidental College, his MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his PhD in politics from Harvard University. He has served as Director of African Studies at Northwestern University, Professor of Public Administration at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria), and Dean, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, at Bayero University (Kano, Nigeria).

Areas of Research

  • Political Leadership in Africa
  • Relations between Muslim sub-cultures in Nigeria