Samatar has lectured at many universities and colleges, including the University of
Amsterdam, Cornell, Harvard, Iowa, London School of Economics and Political Science,
Oslo, University of Pennsylvania, Somali National University, Toronto, York and Wellesley
College. Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political
and social theory, and African development, is the author/editor of five books and over
thirty articles, including The State in Africa: Reconsiderations. 

He is the founding editor-in-chief of Bildhaan, the first international journal of Somali
studies, as well as editor of eighteen volumes of Macalester International, a publication
of undergraduate education and internationalism. 

A Fulbright Fellow, he has been awarded grants by The Ford Foundation, The Mellon
Foundation, The United States Institute for Peace, The Henrich Boll Foundation and the
St. Paul Foundation. 

His current research is on two tracks: a collaborative two volumes on leadership and the
Somali experience; and globalization and the rise of Islamic consciousness. 

Samatar has been teaching at Macalester since 1994. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; M.A., Ph.D., University of Denver 

Journal Articles


Battling on Two Fronts: Introducing Maryan Omar Ali, Bildhaan: An International journal of Somali Studies (2009)


The Porcupine Dilemma: Governance and Transition in Somalia, Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies (2007)


Somalis as Africa's First Democrats: Premier Abdirazak H. Hussein and President Aden A. Osman, Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies (2002)

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