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Julius A Amin

Professor; Alumni Chair in Humanities

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History


Email: Julius A Amin
Phone: 937-229-2848


  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1988
  • M.A., West Texas State University, 1983
  • B.A., University of Cameroon, 1979


Dr. Julius A. Amin is professor in the Department of History. During his tenure at the University of Dayton, he has taught a variety of courses in the area of African and African American History. He has taught introductory history courses of The West and the World and Introduction to Global Historical Studies. He served for eight years as Chairperson of the Department of History and five years as Endowed Chair in Humanities where he organized the annual Global Voices Symposium. For over two decades, he led the University of Dayton Cameroon Immersion Program, and facilitated faculty travel to Ghana and Togo in 2018 and 2019. He was a co-founder of the Africana Studies Minor and coordinated it for over a decade. 

He is a recipient of many awards including the Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship awarded by the John F. Kennedy Foundation, Alumni Award for Faculty Scholarship, University of Dayton and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship, University of Dayton. He is the editor of The Journal of African Policy Studies. His opinion essays have appeared in many outlets including The Conversation, Newsweek, News 24, All Africa, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dayton Daily News, Salon, Mail & Guardian, eNCA, US News & World Report and

Selected publications

“Equality, Non-Interference, and Sovereignty: President Ahmadou Ahidjo and the Making of Cameroon-U.S. Relations.” African Studies Review, Volume 64, Number 4, 2021 (826-853).

“President Paul Biya and Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis: A Catalogue of Miscalculations,” Africa Today, Vol 68, Number 1, Fall 2021 (pages 95 – 122).

“Proceedings of the 2021 Global Voices Symposium: Critical Examination of Our Times — The State of Race on the University of Dayton Campus.” March 3, 2021.

“Cameroon’s relations toward Nigeria: A foreign policy of pragmatism.” Journal of Modern African Studies. Volume 58, No. 1. February 2020 

Myth & Reality: Reflections on Our Travels through West Africa. Ed. Julius A. Amin. Dayton: University of Dayton Libraries, 2019.  

Post-Colonial Cameroon: Politics, Economy, and Society. Eds. Joseph Takougang & Julius A. Amin. Eds. New York: New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2018

Sino-Cameroon Relations: A Foreign policy of Pragmatism.” African Studies Review, Vol. 58, Issue 3,(December2015),pp.171-189. 

African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014

“Making Sense of 50 Years of Peace Corps Service in Cameroon,” International Journal of African Historical Studies. Vol 47, No. 2 (2014), pp. 319-338. 

“Cameroonian Youths and the Protest of February 2008” Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, LIII (3), 21 (2013), pp. 677-697. file:///C:/Users/atemk/Downloads/etudesafricaines-17459.pdf  

“Serving in Africa: US Peace Corps Volunteers in Cameroon,” Africa Spectrum, Vol. 48 No.1 (2013), pp. 71-87. 

“Understanding the Protest of February 2008 in Cameroon,” Africa Today, Volume 58, No. 4 (summer 2012), pp. 9-43. 

“The NAACP,” Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent. Vol. 2. New York: Sage Publishers, 2010, pp. 591-595. 

“Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent vol. 2. New York: Sage Publishers, 2010, pp. 499-501.

“Garnet, Henry Highland,” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore, Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2008, pp. 1-14.      

“Africans and African Americans: An Enduring Relationship,” African Insight (Vol. 35, No.1 (April 2005), pp. 58-64

“Paul Biya’s Foreign Policy: The Promise and the Performance,” in The Leadership Challenge in Africa: Cameroon under Paul Biya, eds. John Mbaku & Joseph Takougang. NJ: Africa World Press, 2004, pp. 153-187.

“Cameroon’s Foreign Policy towards the United States,” Revue Française D’Histoire D’Outre-Mer, Volume 86, no. 322-323 (1999), pp. 211-236.

“The Peace Corps and the Struggle for African American Racial Equality,” Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 29 No. 6 (July 1999), pp. 809-825

“The Perils of Missionary Diplomacy: The United States Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Ghana,” The Western Journal of Black Studies, Volume 23, Number 1 (Spring 1999), pp. 35-48.

“A Case Study of US-African Relationship During the Cold War: The United States Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Guinea,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies, volume 16 No. 2 (July 1998), pp. 197-226.    

“Patterns of Change and Continuity in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Trans-African Journal of History, volume 25 (February 1997), pp. 161-182.

“The Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Guinea,” The South African Journal of International Affairs, volume 5 number 2 May 1997.

TWENTY ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES: Admiral, Atwell, Beattie, Caradan, Carter, Close City, Creamer, Curry, Denton, Dressy, Ebony, Howard, Jakehamon, Jewel, Macksville, Mangum, Mitchell, Mount Olive, Shaw’s Ranch, Tecumseh in The New Handbook of Texas in Six Volumes, volume I, 2, 3, 4, 5,& 6. Austin: The Texas Historical Association, 1996.  

"Continuity and Change in Cameroon's Education: The case of West Cameroon," Journal of Asian and African Studies, vol. xxix, 3-4, July-October 1994.

The Peace Corps in Cameroon, Kent: The Kent State University Press, 1992.

"Black Lubbock: 1955 to the Present," West Texas Historical Yearbook, vol. 65, November 1989.

Book reviews

Brian G. Shellum. African American Officers in Liberia: A Pestiferous Rotation, 1910–1942. Lincoln:  Potomac. 2018.  Journal of American History, Volume 106, Issue 2, September 2019, Pages 503–504. (published September 1, 2019)

Abou B. Bamba, African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 297. Paper $34.95. The American Historical Review, Volume 123, Issue 1, 1 February 2018, Pages 351–352,

Larry Grubbs, American Missionaries: Americans and African Development in the 1960s, in The American Historical Review, Vol. 117, 2012. 

Stephen Middleton, The Black Laws: Race and the Legal Process in Early Ohio in Ohio History, vol. 114, 2007.

Marquetta Goodwine, ed., The Legacy of Ibo Landing: Gullah Roots of African American Culture Philosophia Africana 6 (2):103-104 (2003)

A.B. Assensoh, and Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh. African Military and Politics: Coups and Ideological Incursions, 1900-Present, in History: Review of Books, Volume. 31, Number 1, Fall 2002.

Fritz Fischer, Making Them Like Us: Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1990s, in the American Historical Review, volume 105, 1999.

H.L. Wesseling, Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, in The Journal of Asian and African Studies volume xxxiii, number 3, 1998. 

Elizabeth Cobbs Koffman, “All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s, in H-Pol, H-Net Reviews, October 1998. URL: path=6302909520693. 

P. David Searles, The Peace Corps Experience: Challenge & Change, 1969-1976, in The Annals of The American Academy of Political & Social Science, volume 556 1998.

Victoria Anna D. Tolbert, Lifted Up: The Victoria Tolbert Story, in the Liberian Studies Journal, volume xxii, number 2, 1997.

Kevin Gaines, Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century, in History: Review of New Books, volume 25, number 2, 1996. 

Joseph Harris, African American Reactions to War in Ethiopia, 1935-1941 and William Scott's, The Sons of Sheba's Race: African Americans in the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1941 in The Journal of   American History, March 1995.

R.C. Hickman, Behold the People: R.C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949-1961 in West Texas Historical Yearbook, December 1995.

Allain Rouvez, Disconsolate Empires: French, British and Belgian Military Involvement in Post-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa in History: Review of New Books, Fall, 1995.   

Marvin Dulaney, ed. Essays on the American Civil Rights Movement in West Texas Historical Yearbook, December 1994.     

A.I. Asiwayu and Adenciyi, P.O. eds. Borderland in Africa: A Multi-disciplinary and Comparative Focus on Nigeria and West Africa, in African Studies Review, vol.36, No. 2, September 1993.

Conrey Bryson, Dr. Lawrence A Nixon and White Primary, in West Texas Historical Yearbook, December 1993.

August Heckshner, Woodrow Wilson: A Biography in the Dayton Daily News, Sunday, January 5, 1992.

Coquery-Vidrovitch, Africa: Endurance and Change South of the Sahara, in The International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 1990.

Art Burton, Black, Red and Deadly: Black Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territories in West Texas Historical Yearbook December 1992.