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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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LAUREN CARRUTH

EXPERTISE:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Humanitarianism
  • Nutritional Anthropolopy
  • Health Disparities
  • Bioethics
  • Human Rights
  • Refugee Studies
  • Peoples and Cultures of Africa

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2015 [In Press] Trust and Care-Giving During a UNICEF-Funded Relief Operation in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. In, Red Cross, Red Crescent, Blue Helmets: Medical Humanitarianism in States of Emergency. Eds, Abramowitz, Sharon and Catherine Panter-Brick. The University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2014 [In Press] Camel, Milk, Amoxicillin, and a Prayer: Medical Pluralism and Medical Humanitarian Aid in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Special Issue on Medical Humanitarianism. Social Science & Medicine, Published online March 12, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.007
  • 2013 [under review] Unregulated Medications in the Somali Region of Ethiopia: Implications for Global Public Health and International Pharmaceutical Regulation. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

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

  • "Parties or Portfolio? The Economic Consequences of Africa's Big Cabinets," Government and Opposition, January 2015.

  • 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.


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JORDANNA MATLON

EXPERTISE

  • African diaspora
  • Cultural movements
  • Postcolonial studies & post-socialism
  • Development & globalization
  • Identity politics
  • Masculinity
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Urbanization

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2014. “Narratives of modernity, masculinity and citizenship amid crisis in Abidjan’s Sorbonne.” Antipode 46(3):717-735.

  • 2014.“‘Elsewhere’: An essay on borderland ethnography in the informal African city.” Ethnography. Published online 23 January 2014, DOI: 0.1177/1466138113513527.


Nathan Paxton

NATHAN PAXTON

EXPERTISE

  • Organizational decision-making

  • Global public health

  • Political theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Paxton, Nathan A. 2012. “Political science(s) and HIV: a critical analysis”, Contemporary Politics, 18(2): 141-155.

  • “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

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. Forthcoming (2014). “Population Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case of both Normative and Coercive Ties to the World Polity.” Population Research and Policy Review.

  • 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.


SIS IARI Shepler

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

  • Childhood Deployed: remaking child soldiers in Sierra Leone. New York University Press, June 2014.

  • “Mapping Conflict Dynamics across Nigeria’s Plateau State” co-authored with Chom Bagu and Sarah Bentu-Ladan. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. Revising to resubmit.

  • “Bike Riders and Conflict Management in Sierra Leone.” Co-authored with Frances Fortune and Ngolo Katta. Revising to resubmit at African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review.

  • “Effects in post-conflict West Africa of teacher training for refugee women.” Co-authored with Sharyn Routh. Gender and Education. 24(4): 429-441. July 2012.


Nina Yamanis

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).