Rabiat Akande is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She received her SJD from Harvard Law School in 2019. Her research interests are Legal History; Islamic Legal Thought; Comparative Constitutional Law; Constitution Design; Religion-State Relations; British Imperialism; Slavery; Human Rights; West Africa; and the Lake Chad basin.

Her current book project examines the contestations over religion-state relations arising from the governmental technique of secularism in British Colonial Northern Nigeria and the postcolonial constitutional memory of the colonial struggles.