Scott MacEachern is Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. He has undertaken archaeological research in different parts of Africa since the early 1980s, especially around the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon and Nigeria. His primary research interests include state formation processes in Africa, the archaeological study of ethnicity and social boundaries, African cultural heritage management, and archaeogenetics. He is the author of Searching for Boko Haram: a history of violence in Central Africa and co-author of Komé – Kribi: rescue archaeology along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline, 1999-2004, has acted as co-editor on four edited volumes, and has written approximately 60 papers on different aspects of African prehistory.