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Dunn Edits Four-Volume Reader on African Politics

Bloomsbury Academic recently published “African Politics: Critical and Primary Sources,” edited by Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn. The four-volume reference collection focuses on the “classic readings in African politics across a wide spectrum of issues including historical and contemporary debates,” Dunn explains.

“It could easily have been an eight volume set,” he says. “It’s a broad look at the historical evolution of politics in Africa — states and state practices, issues around conflicts, the political economy, stagnation and revitalization. The biggest challenge was trimming it down into four volumes.”

In addition to writing the collection’s contextualizing introductions, as well as several essays throughout the volumes, Dunn has gathered the most essential contributions in the field of African politics from more than half a century of journal articles, book chapters, and historical documents. The contents span a range of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, sociology, religious studies and more, reflecting the broad ideological, philosophical and theoretical influences on the scholarship of African politics.

The author of several books, including “Imagining the Congo” (2003), “The Politics of Origin in Africa” (2013) and “Inside African Politics” (2013), Dunn has taught at HWS since 2001. His research focuses predominantly on the African Great Lakes Region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania), and issues in that region concerning security, development, regionalization/globalization, and international relations.

In March, the University of Michigan Press published “Undertaking Discourse Analysis for Social Research,” which Dunn co-authored with Iver Neumann, the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In May, Dunn’s newest book, “Global Punk,” will be published, also by Bloomsbury.