Professor Cheeseman is Associate Professor in African Politics and a former Director of the African Studies Centre. He works in the field of comparative politics with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and processes of democratization. Nic has just stepped down from being the joint editor of African Affairs. In January 2016, he became the founding Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of African Politics and the founding Editor in Chief of the Oxford Encyclopaedia for African Politics, both published by Oxford University Press. Professor Cheeseman also writes a regular column for the Sunday Nation, East Africa’s most widely read newspaper, and is the founder of Democracy in Africa, a website dedicated to fostering an online community of people that are interested in, and care about, the state of democracy in Africa.