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IARI | Regional Expertise

Sub-Saharan Africa

Civil unrest, HIV/AIDS interventions, and authoritarianism are a few broad areas of interest for scholars conducting research in the diverse region of Sub-Saharan Africa. Scholarly research within this region informs important questions and policy discussions related to security, democratization, post-conflict reconstruction, youth and conflict, and health conditions of marginalized groups.

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Daniel Esser

esser@american.edu

DANIEL ESSER

EXPERTISE

  • Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone

  • Global health

  • Local governance

  • Complex emergencies

  • Post-conflict reconstruction

  • Aid effectiveness, program evaluation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Elusive Accountabilities in the HIV Scale-up: ‘Ownership’ as a Functional Tautology," Global Public Health 9(1-2), pp. 43-56, 2014.

  • "Tracing Poverty and Inequality in International Development Discourses: An Algorithmic and Visual Analysis of Agencies’ Annual Reports and Occasional White Papers, 1978-2010" (with B. J. Williams), Journal of Social Policy 43(1), pp. 173-200, 2014.

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," Urban Studies 50(15), pp. 3084-3098, 2013.


David Hirschmann

dhirsch@american.edu

DAVID HIRSCHMANN

EXPERTISE

  • Development management

  • Strategic planning and performance measurement

  • Micropolitics/political soundness

  • Gender and development

  • Bureaucracy, democracy and decentralization

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Beyond Hybridity: Culture and Ethnicity in the Mauritius Revenue Authority," African Affairs, Vol. 110, No. 440 (July 2011), pp. 417-437.

  • "Implementing an Indicator': Operationalising USAID's 'Advocacy Index' in Zimbabwe," Development in Practice, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb., 2002), pp. 20-32.

  • Women Farmers in Malawi, University of California, 1984.


Carl LeVan

levan@american.edu

CARL LEVAN

EXPERTISE

  • Comparative democratization

  • Political institutions

  • Economic development

  • Authoritarianism


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

  • "Analytic Authoritarianism and Nigeria," Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Studies (March 2014).

  • "Power Sharing in Africa's Uncertain Democracies," in Governance: an International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 24, No. 1, January 2011.

  • "Questioning Tocqueville in Africa: Continuity and Change in Civil Society During Nigeria's Democratization," Democratization, January 2011.


James Mittleman

jmittel@american.edu

JAMES MITTELMAN

EXPERTISE

  • Global political economy

  • Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia

  • Globalization

  • Global governance

  • International relations theory

  • Development

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Political Critiques and Social Theories of the Global, coeditor, Sage, 2014.

  • Contesting Global Order: Development, Globalization, and Global Governance. London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

  • Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity, Stanford University Press, 2010 (winner of the 2010 Outstanding Academic Title Award, sponsored by Choice).


Nathan Paxton

napaxton@american.edu

NATHAN PAXTON

EXPERTISE

  • Organizational decision-making

  • Global public health

  • Political theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Virtue From Vice: Duty, Power, and The West Wing” in Deceptive Words: The Poeticsand Politics of Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Fahy, ed., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2005

  • “Outside Public View: Let the Games Begin!” in Making Government Work: California cases in policy, politics, and public management, Barry Keene, ed., Berkeley: IGS Press, 2000


Rachel Robinson

robinson@american.edu

RACHEL ROBINSON

EXPERTISE

  • Determinants of fertility timing and numbers

  • Population policy

  • Reproductive health

  • HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. Forthcoming (2015). Intimate Interventions: Preventing Pregnancy and Preventing HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan, Ann Meier, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Joseph Svec. Forthcoming (2014). “Integrating the Demographic and Health Surveys, IPUMS-I, and TerraPopulus to Explore Mortality and Health Outcomes at the District Level in Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania.” African Journal of Population Studies.

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2012. “Negotiating Development Prescriptions: The Case of Population Policy in Nigeria.” Population Research and Policy Review 31(2):267-96.


Susan Shepler

shepler@american.edu

SUSAN SHEPLER

EXPERTISE

  • Youth and conflict

  • Reintegration of former child soldiers

  • Post-conflict reconstruction

  • Refugees

  • Education and economic development

  • NGOs and globalization

  • Transitional justice

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Child labour and youth enterprise: Post-war urban infrastructure and the bearing boys of Freetown." Anthropology Today. 26(6): 19-22. December 2010.

  • "Youth Music and Politics in Postwar Sierra Leone." The Journal of Modern African Studies. 48(4). 627-642. 2010.

  • "Transnational Fosterage: The Novel Care Arrangements between Guinean Caregivers and Ivorian and Liberian Children Fleeing War" in Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective. Cati Coe and Rachel Reynolds, Eds. Vanderbilt University Press. 2011.


Nina Yamanis

yamanis@american.edu

NINA YAMANIS

EXPERTISE

  • Understanding and targeting the social determinants of HIV risk and relationship violence

  • Evaluating and implementing novel methods for reaching hidden and vulnerable populations

  • Developing multi-level interventions that improve health behaviors

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Yamanis, Thespina (2013), M. Giovanna Merli, W. Whipple Neely. Feng Tian, James Moody, Tu Xiaowen, and Ersheng Gao. An empirical analysis of the impact of recruitment patterns on RDS estimates among a socially ordered population of female sex workers in China. Sociological Methods and Research. Published online 26 July 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0049124113494576.

  • "From coitus to concurrency: sexual partnership characteristics and risk behaviors of 15-19 year old men recruited from urban venues in Tanzania". AIDS and Behavior, 2012 (with I. Doherty, S. Weir, et al).

  • “Social venues that protect against & promote HIV risk for young men in Tanzania”, Social Science & Medicine, 2010 (with S Maman, J Mbwambo, et al).