Olufemi Vaughan received his D.Phil in politics from Oxford University in 1989. He is currently the Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College, Maine, a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History, and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Nigeria. Professor Vaughan is the author and editor of ten books, over fifty scholarly articles, and many reviews, including the award-winning book Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000). Prior to his tenure at Bowdoin College, he was a Professor of Africana Studies and History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he also served as Associate Provost of the university. His professional awards and honors include a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellowship, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Third World Studies. His latest book, Religion and the Making of Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016) is the subject of this book discussion.