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Dunn Releases Book on African Politics

Kevin Dunn, chair and associate professor of political science at HWS, and Pierre Englebert, a professor of African politics at Pomona College, have announced the publication of their co-authored textbook, “Inside African Politics,” an important work that introduces readers to a rich exploration of contemporary politics in Africa.

Released by Lynne Rienner Publishers, one of the foremost publishers on African studies and African politics, the text covers a range of major topics centered on politics in Africa, while paying particular attention to theoretical issues and various controversies about the subject. The textbook also explores the contributions of African experiences as they relate to a broader understanding and context of international relations and comparative politics.

“Most of my work is primarily in the fields of African security and African international relations,” Dunn says. “It is humbling to know that I have a strong enough reputation that I was the only person on both Pierre’s and Lynne’s short list of possible co-authors with an expertise in those fields.”

In preparing “Inside African Politics,” Dunn and Englebert drew from their extensive backgrounds in teaching and fieldwork pertaining to Africa. Dunn’s work in the areas of African politics and international relations spans numerous books and publications, including the October 2013 republishing of his first book, “Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory.” Originally released in 2001, the text has now been republished as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Classic in IPE” series.

Earlier this year, Dunn, along with co-author Morten Bøås, senior researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo, also released the book “The Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship, and Conflict.” The volume focused on examining the phenomenon of “autochthony” – literally “sons of the soil” – and its impact on contemporary African politics and conflicts.

Dunn says his current textbook, “Inside African Politics,” is set to replace the long-running text, “Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa.” Crediting Englebert for significant contributions as the lead author, Dunn says he was deeply honored when he was asked to join the project.

“We knew we were filling a serious need with this textbook, as there is really nothing comparable in terms of scope, scale, and quality,” Dunn says. “This is a high-quality publication due to the work of Pierre. We knew we had a strong textbook, but the preliminary reviews have been fantastic.”

“Inside African Politics” will serve as an important resource for students and scholars alike. Prepared in an “accessible style,” the publisher states that the work covers multiple perspectives on significant issues, focusing on states and citizens, and politics at all levels. The textbook also includes discourse on existing policies and implications of their use.

“A superior textbook. ‘Inside African Politics’ will appeal to undergraduates looking for an introduction to African politics, as well as to graduate students searching for broad theoretical discussions,” said one reviewer of the textbook.

Another reviewer calls the work: “A comprehensive tour d’horizon of African politics, as well as an incisive review of existing scholarship. ‘Inside African Politics’ is destined to become a standard reference for teaching and research.”

“Inside African Politics” is available for purchase at The College Store at HWS.

About the Authors

Dunn received his Ph.D. from Boston University, M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and B.A. from Davidson College. He joined the HWS faculty in 2001 and is the author of “Imaging the Congo: Identity and International Relations” and co-editor of “Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory,” “Identity and Global Politics,” “African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine” and co-author of “The Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship, and Conflict.”

Englebert is a professor of political science at Pomona College. He is the author of the award-winning text, “Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow and State Legitimacy and Development in Africa.”