mbnelson

Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University

From Brady ’15: On Nile River Politics






From Aleta Brady (Wesleyan ’15): “Midriver states have an important position and role to play in transboundary river basins as they intimately understand the needs and concerns of both their upriver and downriver neighbors. Midriver states also have a more complex perspective of their “rights” based on their combined upstream/downstream interests. This aspect is being…

Film Event: Dukale’s Dream, Sept 26






Event sponsored by the College of the Environment: The film will be shown on Monday, September 26 at 7:00PM at the Powell Family Cinema in Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT (directions and parking information). Please join us for the next film in The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series,…

Fall African Studies Courses at Wesleyan






A great range of classes are on offer this fall, including: Anthropology Global Africa, Anthropology 110 Critical Global Health, Anthropology 316 Dance West African Dance I West African Dance II French Jungle and Desert in Francophone African Literature, French 382 Government Africa in World Politics Music West African Music and Culture (Beginners) West African Music…

End of Year Dinner






Recently the African Studies Department celebrated the seniors who graduated with the New African Studies Minor, the Brodigan Awardees, and those who wrote their theses on the African continent. Check out some of the pictures below.

Update from Holly Everett in Durban South Africa






I’ve been having a fantastic time living ten minutes from the beach, learning little bits of Zulu, eating as much cheap and delicious fruit as I can get my hands on, and – of course – doing lots science. I’ve been working with Prof Thumbi Ndung’u at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB & HIV…

Update from Brodigan winner Ibironke Otusile ’15






This past summer [2015] I went to Lagos, Nigeria with so many expectations but had no idea how they would be fulfilled. I was going there to work and to have fun. I quickly learned that it was impossible to do both simultaneously; you really do not mix business with pleasure. I had to start…

Update from Olivia Glick ’16






Olivia was in South Africa this summer researching post-Apartheid politics for her senior thesis.  She is seeking to understand how South Africa’s post-Apartheid political transformation seemingly failed to lead to widespread economic development today.  She sends these photos from her trip. Olivia speaking with with Lolo a woman who lives in RDP housing in the…

Update from Teresa Paterson ’16






I traveled to Kenya this summer with the goal of focusing my senior thesis research on understanding the motives behind and the interpretations of the Mau Mau rebellion against the British colonial government in the late 1950s. However, after conducting interviews with Kenyans, I was left with many questions focusing on memory: specifically, how is…