Pomona College, Wig Distinguished Teacher Award, 2001, 2006, and 2011.
2010 Best Book Award, African Politics Conference Group (APCG), for "Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow"
Fulbright Scholar, Centre d'Etudes d'Afrique Noire, University of Bordeaux, France, 2010-2011
Earhart Foundation Grant, 2009
United States Institute of Peace, Research Grant, 2000-2001
Western Political Science Association, Pi Sigma Alpha Award, 1999
Smith Richardson Junior Faculty Research Grant, 2001