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Dr. Letitia Lawson

Letitia LawsonStatus
Senior Lecturer


Research Interests
African Politics

Letitia Lawson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, where she has been teaching African studies since 1996. Her courses include African Government and Politics, African History and Cultures, Government and Security in West Africa, and Government and Security in the Horn of Africa. She also teaches courses in Comparative Politics and Research Methodology.

Her publications include: “The Politics of Anti-Corruption Reform in Africa,” Journal of Modern African Studies 47, 1 (March 2009): 73-100; “Youth in Africa: Lost Generation Found?” Africa Contemporary Record 29 (2007); “U.S. Africa Policy Since the Cold War,” Strategic Insights VI, No. 1 (January 2007); “Sovereignty Reconsidered,” Current History 104, May 2005; Globalization and the African State,”Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 41, No. 3 (November 2003); External Democracy Promotion in Africa: Another False Start?” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 37, No. 1 (March 1999); and The Interactions Between State and Civil Society in Africa,” in John W. Harbeson, Donald Rothchild, and Naomi Chazan (eds.), Civil Society and the State in Africa (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1994).

She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis (1995), as well as Master's degrees in Sociology (University of California at Davis, 1993) and International Affairs (Columbia University, 1987), and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Smith College (1985).

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