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Kidane Mengisteab

Kidane Mengisteab

Professor of African Studies and Political Science

110 Willard Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-5815


Kidane Mengisteab is Professor of African Studies and Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. The focus of his current research includes the relevance of ‘traditional’ institutions in Africa’s governance; the socioeconomic implications of the expansion of extractive industries and commercial farming in Africa; and alternative approaches to democratization in the African continent. He is author or editor of several books on Africa. His most recent book is titled The Horn of Africa: Hot Spots in Global Politics: London: Polity Press, 2015. Mengisteab’s co-edited book, ‘Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance’ is in press and he is currently working on a book, titled Alternative Approaches to Democratization in Africa.

Courses Taught:

  • AFR/PLSC 440: Globalization and African Development
  • AFR/PLSC 443: Ethnic Conflicts in Africa
  • AFR/PLSC 454Government and Politics in Africa
  • AFR/PLSC 464: Extractive Industries and Conflicts in Africa
  • *AFR 501: Key Issues in African Studies
  • *AFR 530: Globalization in Africa
  • *AFR/PLSC 534: Political Economy of Extractive Industries in Africa