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Africa

Civil unrest, HIV/AIDS interventions, and authoritarianism are just a few broad areas of interest for scholars conducting research in the Africa. Scholar research within this region informs important questions and policy discussions related to security, democratization, and health conditions of marginalized groups. Field research encompasses a variety of countries including Tanzania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Libya, Morrocco, Senegal, and Malawi.

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EXPERTISE

  • Afghanistan / Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Latin America
  • Global health
  • Local governance
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Aid effectiveness / Agenda-setting
  • United Nations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," accepted for publication and forthcoming in Urban Studies, 2013.
  • "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), accepted for publication and forthcoming in Journal of Social Policy, 2013.
  • "Comparable and Yet Context-Sensitive? Improving Evaluation in Violently Divided Societies Through Methodology" (with E. E. VanderKamp), Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 8(2), pp. 42-56, 2013

Expertise

  • Comparative democratization
  • Political institutions & economic development
  • Authoritarianism
  • African security

Selected Publications

  • "Analytic Authoritarianism and Nigeria," Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Studies (forthcoming 2012)
  • "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.

EXPERTISE

  • Health policy
  • Natal & reproductive health
  • Health programming
  • Africa
  • Qualitative analysis

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. Forthcoming. “Negotiating Development Prescriptions: The Case of Population Policy in Nigeria.” Population Research and Policy Review.
  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2011. "From Population to HIV: The Organizational and Structural Determinants of HIV Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of the International AIDS Society14(Suppl 2): S6.
  • "Counting Women's Labour: A Reanalysis of Children's Net Production Using Cain's Data from a Bangladeshi Village,"Population Studies 62(1): 25-38, 2008 (with Karen L. Kramer, and Ronald D. Lee).

EXPERTISE

  • Youth
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Child soldiers
  • Human rights
  • Sierra Leone

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" inEveryday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective. Cati Coe and Rachel Reynolds, Eds. Vanderbilt University Press. 2011.

EXPERTISE

  • HIV/AIDS risk behavior
  • Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Violence against women
  • Global Health
  • Underserved populations
  • Tanzania

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).