Dr. Ahmed I. Samatar, founding Dean of Macalester's Institute for Global
Citizenship, has lectured at many universities and colleges, including Cornell, Harvard,
Iowa, London School of Economics and Political Science, Somali National University,
Toronto, University of Amsterdam, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), York, University of
Otago, and Wellesley College. Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global
political economy, political and social thought, and African development, is the
author/editor of five books and over forty articles, including Beware of the Jihadist
Component (New York Times, 2013); Interviewing the Interviewer (2011); Escape From Hell:
What Now For Somali-Americans? (2011); The African State: Reconsiderations (Heinemann,
2002) and Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for
Political Reconstruction (Brookings Institution, 1995). Professor Samatar is the founding
editor-in-chief of Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies. He is also the
editor of 28 Volumes of Macalester International, a journal of undergraduate education
and internationalism. His current research is on two tracks: leadership and the state in
Somalia, and globalization and the rise of Islamic consciousness. In the special
commissioned volume of Bildhaan which focuses on the exigencies of transition in Somalia,
Samatar's article is titled: The Porcupine Dilemma: Govenance and Transition in
Somalia (Volume 7, 2007). His recent articles include: A Virtuosic Touch: Hodeide, a Life
with the Oud and More (Bildhaan, Volume 8, 2008), and Battling Two Fronts: Introducing
Maryen Omer Ali (Bildhaan, Volume 9, 2009). 

BA: magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin (LaCrosse), 1978 MA: University of Denver,
1981 PhD: University of Denver, 1984 

Journal Articles

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Editor's note, Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies (2012)
 

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Editor's Note, Macalester International (2011)
 

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A Virtuosic Touch: Hodeide, a Life with the Oud and More, Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies (2009)
 

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

Books

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The African State: Reconsiderations (with Abdi I. Samatar) (2002)
 

Contributions to Books

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Somalia, Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (2012)
 

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Escape From Hell: What Now For Somali-Americans?” (Afterword), Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents (2011)
 

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African Perspectives on Multilateralism, Multilateralism in Multinational Perspective (2000)
 

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The Somali Catastrophe: Explanations and Prescriptions, In Ethnicity Kills? The Politics of War, Peace and Ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa (2000)
 

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