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PhD, political science, University of California, San Diego; MA, political science, American University; BA, political science, George Washington University
Chair, Peace & Security Section
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Fulbright Alumni Association
Dr. LeVan's research interests include comparative democratization, political institutions and economic development, and authoritarianism.
Briefing chair, "African Security Policy," Subcommittee on International Operations, House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Congress (December 2008)
Area of Expertise:
Nigeria, African politics, development, democratization, Boko Haram
Carl LeVan has recently published articles about the U.S. Africa Command (in Africa Today),Nigerian democratization (in the journal Democratization), and the problems presented by African power sharing agreements (in the journal Governance). Prior to academia, he worked as the legislative director to U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and served as the National Democratic Institute's country director in Nigeria. He is currently carrying out research on the economic consequences of Africa’s cabinets and is writing a book about Nigerian government performance. He is the author of Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (2014). He publishes the blog Development4security. LeVan has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show, Al Jazeera, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC and BBC. His commentaries have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, and other national and international publications.
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