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Timothy Longman


Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies

Vassar College


Box 393
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie NY 12604

(845) 437-5563

email: tilongman@vassar.edu


Timothy Longman serves as associate professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Vassar College, where he has taught since 1996. His research focus is on African Politics, with specializations in religion and politics, ethnicity and politics, state-society relations, and genocide and human rights. He has published articles, book chapters, and human rights reports on Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). Courses he teaches include African Politics, Human Rights and Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, and a seminar in Comparative Identity Politics.  Professor Longman also teaches as a visiting lecturer in the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

From 2001to 2006, Dr. Longman was the Rwanda research director for the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2001-2003, Dr. Longman was based in Berkeley, directing a number of research projects funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation looking at the process of social reconstruction in Rwanda. Inital findings from these research projects were published in a volume from Cambridge University Press, My Neighbor, My Enemy. The Berkeley research team also received a major grant from the United States Institute for Peace to work with the Rwandan Ministry of Education in developing a new history curriculum for Rwandan high schools.  Dr. Longman is currently completing a manuscript on Memory, Justice, and Power in Post-Genocide Rwanda based on the research from these projects.

Prior to coming to Vassar, Dr. Longman was head of the field office for Human Rights Watch and the Federation International des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH) in Butare, Rwanda. He continues to work periodically as a consultant to Human Rights, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and USAID and the State Department working on Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Dr. Longman received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.A. in Religion and Politics from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. He taught for one year at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Sample Course Syllabi:

 · African Politics
 · African American Politics
 · Human Rights and Politics
 · Introduction to Comparative Politics
 · Comparative Identity Politics Seminar
 · Africa and the World: Introduction to Africana Studies

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