Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn’s first book, “Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory,” was recently re-published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Classic in IPE” series. Dunn co-edited the book in 2002 with Timothy M. Shaw, professor of political science and international development studies at Dalhousie University. There is also a Chinese version of the book on the way.
“Africa’s Challenge” discusses the importance of Africa to every theoretical approach in international relations through a collection of essays by contemporary Africanists. Africa has been noticeably absent in international relations theory, and the book works to “break new ground” on how we think about both international relations and Africa.
The book re-examines foundational concepts like sovereignty, the state, and power; critically investigating the salience of realism, neo-liberalism, liberalism in Africa and providing new thinking about regionalism, security and identity. Noted as a “valuable contribution to current debates on the rapidly changing world of order” by Foreign Affairs, the book has received widespread praise and critical acclaim since its release.
Dunn has written extensively on international relations and politics in Africa. He is co-author of “Inside African Politics” (2013); “Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship, and Conflict” (2013); and “African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine” (2007), among several other books. He’s also authored numerous articles on a diverse array of topics that have been printed in publications ranging from scholarly journals to an independent music magazine. In 2009, he produced, edited, and directed a documentary on the legendary band Stevie Stiletto, titled “My Life is Great: The Stevie Stiletto Story.”
Dunn has been a member of the HWS faculty since 2001. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University, M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and B.A. from Davidson College. Before joining the HWS faculty, he taught at Hartwick College, Boston University, Boston College, St. Anselm College, Tufts University and Appalachian State University. He is a visiting professor/friend of the faculty, faculty of development studies, Mbarara; University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda. In 2009, he was appointed honorary professor by the Senatus Academicus at the School of International relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served as a visiting scholar.