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Political Science Professor Published on Congo

“Imagining the Congo: the International Relations of Identity” is the latest book by Kevin Dunn, a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

May 7, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Assistant Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn's book on the Congo was recently published and released by Palgrave Macmillan. His book, “Imagining the Congo: the International Relations of Identity,” historicizes and contextualizes the constructions of the Congo's identity during four historical periods. In the book, Dunn explores “imaginings” of the Congo that have allowed the current state of affairs there to develop, and the broader conceptual question of how identity has become important in recent International Relations scholarship.

“Kevin Dunn ingeniously blends history, political theory, and cultural analysis to produce a fascinating meditation on the idea and the reality of 'the Congo',” said political activist and author Howard Zinn of the book.

“In this ground-breaking work the author takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the symbolic and discursive universe that has shaped our mental images of the Congo,” said Rene Lemarchand, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Florida and one of the world's leading experts on the politics of Rwanda and Burundi.

At the Colleges, Dunn specializes in the politics and development in Africa, theories of international relations and United States foreign policy. His research in African politics concerns the Great Lakes region of Africa (comprised of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania) and the security and development of this area. Dunn is currently investigating how the national parks and forests in this area are tied to issues of ecology, economy and politics in the Great Lakes region. He is also the co-author, with Timothy Shaw, of “Africa's Challenge To International Relations Theory”. He currently serves as the chair for the global development section of the International Studies Association and is a visiting professor at Mbarara University in Uganda. He joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith in 2001.