Ebenezer Obadare is professor of sociology at the University of Kansas and Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa. His research has concentrated on the civil society-state interface, with particular interest in informal strategies of resistance under changing dynamics of rule. He has also researched and published extensively on religion and politics, civic engagement, and citizenship in Africa. His latest book is Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria (Zed Books/University of Chicago Press, 2018). He is the author of Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria (University of Rochester Press, 2016), editor of The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (Springer, 2014), and co-editor of Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (James Currey, 2014) and four other books.