"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


shameless self-promotion

I'll be at Duke University this Friday (4/19), speaking on conflict minerals in DRC at the Nicholas School of the Environment at 10am. Details are here. I'll also be speaking at a public event at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church at 7pm that evening. Would love to meet anyone who'll be around!

Next Thursday (4/25), I'm speaking at my alma mater, the African Studies program at Yale University. Details for that are here.


big life news

(It's April Fool's Day, but this is not a joke.)

In the personal/professional life news category, I have some that's big: I'll be leaving Morehouse College at the end of this academic year to take a position as Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The choice to leave Morehouse was not an easy one; I will miss our bright and curious students more than I can say.

Even so, I'm very excited about the opportunity to teach at Colby. The college has a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, attracts bright and ambitious students, and is pretty much the idyllic liberal arts college campus of my dreams. I'll be able to lead regular study abroad trips to east Africa to explore aid and development questions up close with students, and am looking forward to working in a major that has a reputation of being among the most challenging on campus.

Up next: moving to Maine and, inevitably, buying a Subaru. Thanks for sticking with me for the next stage of Texas in Africa: the Not in Texas or Africa Years.