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  • Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation, Stanford University Press, 2020.

Edited Volume

  • Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent, Ohio University Press, 2019. (co-edited with Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu).

Journal Articles

  • (2019) "Beauty and the Bikini: Embodied Respectablity in Nigerian Beauty Pageants" African Studies Review 62(2): 80-102.
  • (2018) "The Political Economy of Embodiment: Globally Staged Bodies in Nigerian Beauty Pageants and Vietnamese Sex Work" Sociological Perspectives 61(6): 953-972. (equal co-author with Kimberly Hoang)
  • (2012) “Cultural and Cosmopolitan: Idealized Femininity and Embodied Nationalism in Nigerian Beauty Pageants.” Gender & Society 26(3): 357-381.
  • (2011) “No Necessary Tradeoff: Context, Life Course and Social Networks in Second-Generation Nigerian Immigrant Identity Formation in the USA.” Ethnicities 11(4): 436-466.

Book Chapters

  • (2017) “Gendering Sexuality” (equal co-authorship with Kimberly Hoang) in The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique, edited by Jennifer Carlson, Abigail Andrews and Raka Ray, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • (2013) “Refashioning Global Bodies: Embodiment in Nigerian Beauty Pageants and the Vietnamese Sex Industry,” (equal co-author with Kimberly Hoang) in Global Beauty, Local Bodies edited by Erynn Masi de Casanova and Afshan Jafar, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.