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Endowed Professor Spotlight: Kevin Dunn

Political Science Professor Kevin Dunn, the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, has produced a wide-ranging body of scholarship examining international relations theory, African politics, and punk rock around the world.

“Being named the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professor is a wonderful honor,” Dunn says. “It will enable me to expand my research into new avenues and help bring several on-going projects to completion. As my work is often outside the parameters of traditional political science, I regard this honor as further evidence of HWS’ commitment to academic freedom and supporting intellectual inquiry in the broadest sense.”

Dunn, who received the Colleges’ 2014 Faculty Prize for Scholarship, is the author and/or editor 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). He published two other books in 2016 and another in 2017, each exploring from different perspectives, political and social realities and how global citizens can engage with them. In 2009, he 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.

Dunn’s 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.



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.