This summer marked the release of the second edition of Inside African Politics, coauthored by Kevin Dunn, the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at HWS, and Pierre Englebert, the H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations at Pomona College.
The textbook for students and scholars explores the regional and global importance of African politics, the evolution of the continent’s current states and contemporary issues they confront. The second edition includes updates reflecting recent political developments across the continent, presented from a variety of viewpoints.
When the first edition was published in 2013, Dunn and Englebert’s peers described it as “a superior textbook” (Ngonidzashe Munemo, Williams College), “destined to become a standard reference for teaching and research” (Michael Bratton, Michigan State University).
Dunn, who received the Colleges’ 2014 Faculty Prize for Scholarship, has produced a wide-ranging body of scholarship examining international relations theory, African politics, and punk rock around the world. 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. Beyond African politics, his coursework includes international relations, U.S. foreign policy and the intersection of pop music, globalization and politics.
Dunn is the author of nearly a dozen books, including Imagining the Congo (2003), The Politics of Origin in Africa (2013) and Global Punk: Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life (2016). In 2016 and 2017, Dunn published three other books, each exploring from different perspectives, political and social realities and how global citizens can engage with them: Undertaking Discourse Analysis for Social Research (2016, coauthored with with Iver Neumann); African Politics: Critical and Primary Sources (2016, a four-volume set edited by Dunn); and Africa’s Insurgents: Navigating an Evolving Landscape (2017, co-edited with Morten Bøas). In 2009, Dunn produced, edited and directed a documentary on the legendary band Stevie Stiletto and the Switchblades, titled My Life is Great: The Stevie Stiletto Story. He is a regular contributor to the punk magazine Razorcake.
A member of the HWS faculty since 2001, Dunn holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and B.A. from Davidson College. He has served as a visiting professor of development studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. In 2009, he was appointed honorary professor at the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served as a visiting scholar.