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Professor Mittelman specializes in global political economy (with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia), globalization, global governance, international relations theory, and development.
Area of Expertise:
Globalization, international development, international organization, African politics , Nelson Mandela
James Mittelman is the author or editor of several volumes on African politics, development, and globalization, including The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance (Princeton University Press, 2000). His newest book is Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2018). His writings are in nine languages. After studying in Uganda, he lived and worked in Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. Later, Mittelman held the Pok Rafeah Chair at the National University of Malaysia, where he served as distinguished visiting professor, and taught in Japan. Mittelman has had resident fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, where he is now an honorary fellow. He has also worked for United Nations agencies and has been interviewed on many radio and TV programs, including CBS News, National Public Radio, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and United Nations Radio. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Washington Post as well as in other newspapers and magazines.
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