African Studies Association Annual Meeting - Philadelphia Nov. 2022

I had the pleasure of presenting my paper "Decentralization in Mozambique: The Green Uprising" at the African Studies Association (ASA) annual conference in Philadelphia on November 17, 2022. This was the 65th annual meeting of the scholarly group dedicated to the study of Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. ASA is a learned society of interdisciplenary scholars, many of whom are from Africa or have lived in Africa or have done significant fieldwork there. In previous years, this conference had gone virtual due to COVID, but in 2022 the conference was back in the in-person format.    The audience for the panel "The Center Matters, but so Does the  Periphery: Urban Governance and the Need for Rural Support" Austin Dziwornu Albo from the University of Ghana presented on  "Private Urbanism and the Spatial Rationalities of Urban Governance" ASA was founded in 1967, a time of global protests against governments. To Americans, the 1960s anti-war protests an

2022 Midwest Political Science Association student trip

  Lincoln University Missouri Blue Tiger Political Science Students and Professor visit MPSA Conference in Chicago The study of politics is 2,400 years old and goes back to the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. Efforts to make the study of politics more precise, like the study of phenomena by the natural sciences, have in the last few hundred years given us the term 'political science.' Whether one is a devotee of an older understanding of politics, defined as argument about the good society, or of the newer ambition to systematize the study of human affairs, 'political science' is a living tradition practiced by college professors and their students today. Much of the study of politics today takes place in relativelly obscure academic journals and is conveyed by experts to experts in esoteric terms. More popularly, professors teach in their classrooms, just as young men did in Plato's Academy. Somewhere between these two extremes, but closer to the former, professo