Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Tiffiany Howard

Second Committee Member

Michele Kuenzi

Third Committee Member

John Tuman

Fourth Committee Member

David Damore

Fifth Committee Member

Satish Sharman

Number of Pages



My dissertation research explores the impacts of ethno-regional power dominance, trust, and violent conflict in a resources-rich multiethnic, sub-Saharan African state. This dissertation examines the impact that ethnic power dominance has on the relationship between conflict and civil society in a resource rich sub-Saharan African (SSA) nation examined. Relying upon intra-state case study analysis of the socio-political climate in Nigeria, I argue that distrust in the national government, when motivated by ethno-regional cleavages has an accelerating influence on the incidence of conflict. Using cross-national survey data in conjunction with field interview data, this research finds that in the regions where socio-political trust is low, and civil society is weak, there is a higher incidence of violence and tensions. However, in the regions where civil society is active and salient, the incidence of violence is comparatively lower. The overarching conclusion of this study is that despite the presence of ethnic power dominance in a resource rich state, high levels of socio-political trust and an active civil society have a mitigating influence on the incidence of civil conflict, tensions, and violence.


Civil Society; Conflict; Ethnicity; Nigeria / Sub-Saharan African; Power; Resources


African Studies | Ethnic Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

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2.8 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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