I am involved with the following organizations through activism, professional affiliation, and personal friendships.
- African Studies Association – an interdisciplinary conference every November, attended by many Africans
- American Political Science Association – where 6,000 political scientist meet every Labor Day weekend; publishers of the American Political Science Review and Perspectives on Politics, and organizers of a workshop in Africa each summer.
- Midwest Political Science Association – a great conference for graduate students, each April in Chicago; publishers of the American Journal of Political Science.
- Structure and Organization of Government (SOG) section of the International Political Science Association
- Fulbright Alumni Association
- African Politics Conference Group – an organized section within several of the above associations. An essential (and inexpensive) membership for any graduate student interested in African politics. They publish a useful list of recent publications and upcoming events, and they also organize panels at academic conferences.
Non-Governmental Organizations of interest:
- Institute for Policy Studies – where I interned with Marcus Raskin when I was in college, and where I wrote a book with him many years later.
- National Democratic Institute – comparative governance, election monitoring, party training, civil society.
- Center for International Policy.
- The Federation of American Scientists, Project on Government Secrecy.
- We Are Family is a volunteer service organization in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. They bring groceries, companionship, and a sense of community to about 500 seniors every month. Volunteer!
- The UNITE Foundation in Togo, where AU alum Matt Michaels is doing some of his Peace Corps service. A four week camp for young women’s empowerment.
- Friends of African Village Libraries – an organization with a clever literacy mission, co-founded by economist Michael Kevane from Santa Clara University.
- The Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) offers some amazing mentoring for young African professionals in DC, and they organize some really cool events with a personal touch.
- Advancing Girls Education (AGE) in Africa.
- Maasai Good Salvage Outreach Organization and their partner organization, Jambo Volunteers in Kenya.
- Daughters of Mumbi in Kenya.
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Latin America Working Group
Washington Office on Latin America
I organize former students into groups based on the class they took with me – it’s very helpful when they remind me which class that was. Please note that if I do not personally know you, then I may not accept your request.