Kevin Dunn, chair and associate professor of political science, gave an address during Boston University’s African Politics Today conference held on the university’s campus on Oct. 26 and 27. The conference was hosted in honor of Dunn’s doctoral mentor, Professor Edouard Bustin, who is retiring from BU’s African Studies Center.
His talk, “The Politics of Origins: Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict in Contemporary Africa,” is from his current work-in-progress of the same name, which Dunn is co-authoring with Morten Boas, head of research at Fafo in Oslo.
Dunn has been a member of the HWS faculty since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a master’s degree from Dalhousie University and a doctorate from Boston University. He is the author of “Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory,” co-edited with Timothy Shaw (2001), and is currently completing his second book, “Imagining the Congo: Constructing and Contesting Identity in International Relations.”
Having previously taught at Hartwick College, Boston University, Boston College and Tufts University, Dunn regularly teaches courses in international relations, U.S. forge in policy and African politics. His current main research interests include the African Great Lakes Region of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Tanzania, as well as various issues concerning security, development, globalization and international relations.