Dr. John James Quinn
Truman State University
Department of Political Science
RELEVANT ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
- Professor – Fall 2009 to present.
- Truman State University – Department of Political Science.
- Courses – African Politics/ African International Relations/ Comparative Politics/ Research Methodology/ International Political Economy/ Capstone Senior Seminar/ Introduction to Political Science/ Introduction to International Relations/ War, Politics, and Literature, and Africana Studies.
- Associate Professor – Spring 2001 to present.
- Visiting Professor – Fall 2001.
- Assistant Professor – Fall 1996 to Spring 2001.
- Truman State University. Department of Political Science.
- Courses – African Politics/ Research Methodology/ Comparative Politics/ International Political Economy / Intro to Political Science/ Capstone Senior Seminar.
- Lecturer. University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Political Science. "The Political Economy of African Development." Spring Quarter 1996.
- Lecturer. University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Political Science. "Ideology, Development, and Mining in Southern Africa." Spring Quarter 1995.
- Teaching Assistant/ Assocaite UCLA. Department of Poltiical Science: Comparative Politics, Ideology and Development, Public Policy, and Constitutional Law. Fall 1990 – Spring 1993.
C. Phil. University of California, Los Angeles June 1992. Political Science.
Global Geopolitical Power and African Political and Economic Institutions:
When Elephants Fight. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.
The Road oft Traveled: Development Policies and Majority State Ownership of Industry
in Africa. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.
Articles, Book Chapters, and other Contributions:
“The Nexus of the Domestic and Regional within an International Context: The Rwandan
Genocide and Mobutu’s Ouster.” In Amy L. Freedman (ed.) Threatening the State:
the Internationalization of Internal Conflicts, (Oxford: Routledge, 2014): 39-74.
"International Studies Minor in Practice: Program Offerings and Student Choices.”With
Marijke Breuning. Journal of Political Science Education 7, 2 (2011): 173-195.
“Principal-Agent Theory," in John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning (eds.) 21st Century
Political Science: A Reference Handbook. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications,
"African Foreign Policies" In Robert Denemark et. al., eds. in The International Studies
Encyclopedia / The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford:
"When You Cannot Find the Perfect Match: Using the Accumulated Most Similar Design
Case Study.” Journal of Political Science Education 5, 3 (July-September 2009):
"The Effects of Majority State Ownership of Significant Economic Sectors on
Corruption: A Cross-Regional Comparison" In International Interactions. 34, 1
( 2008): 81-128.
“A Survey of Capstone Courses in Political Science” With John Ishiyama, Paul Parker,
and Candice Young. Academic Exchange Quarterly. 11, 4 (Winter 2007): 3820-7z.
"Plus ça change, . . . : The Allocation of French ODA to Africa During and After the
Cold War.” With David J. Simon. International Interactions 32, 3 (July/
September 2006): 295-318.
“Phoenix from the Ashes: The Formerly Dominant Parties In New Democracies in
Africa” With John Ishiyama. Party Politics 12, 3 (June 2006): 317 – 333.
"Diffusion and Escalation in the Great Lakes Region: The Rwandan Genocide,
the Rebellion in Zaire, and Mobutu’s Overthrow" in Ethnic Conflict and
International Politics: Explaining Diffusion and Escalation. Steven E. Lobell and
Philip Mauceri, eds.. Palgrave, 2004: 111-132.
“Democracy and Development in Africa,” in African Economic Development, Emmanuel
Nnadozie Ed., New York: Academic Press, 2003: 231-258.
“W(h)ither the African State (System)?” International Politics 38, 3 (September 2001):
“Economic Accountability: Are Constraints on Economic Decision Making a Blessing or
a Curse?” Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies 19, 4
(December 2000): 131-169.
“The Managerial Bourgeoisie: Capital Accumulation, Development and Democracy,” in
Postimperialism and World Politics, Richard L. Sklar and David Becker eds.,
Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999: 219-252.
"The Impact of State Ownership of Resources on Economic and Political Development in
Sub-Saharan Africa." Ufahamu Vol. XXI, No 1and 2 (Winter/Spring 1993): 60-79.
Book Reviews and Forwards:
Democracy and Elections in Africa by Staffan I. Lindberg. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 2006.Review for Taiwan Journal of Democracy. 2, 2 (December
“Forward.” in The Development of Free Trade in the 1990s and The New Rhetoric of
Protectionism. By Seymour Patterson. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press,
2006: i – v.
Multi-party Elections in Africa by Michael Cowen and Liisa Laakso, editors. New York:
Palgrave, 2002. Review for African Studies Review. 48, 2 (2005): 193-195.
The international politics of East Africa by Robert Pinkney. New York: Manchester
University Press, 2001.Review for International Politics. 40, 3 (September 2003).
States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control by Jeffrey
Herbst.Princeton University Press, 2000. Comparative Political Studies 34, 2
(March 2001): 219-221.
"State-ownership of Productive Resources and its Economic Consequences in Sub-Saharan
Africa." Department of Political Science, UCLA. Directed by Michael F. Lofchie,
Richard L. Sklar, and William H. Worger.
ODA, Hierarchy, War, and Conflict: Do Spheres of Influence Matter?
Ethiopian Foreign Policy: Meles and Beyond, with John Ishiyama, and Marijke Breuning
Interim McNair Research Coordinator July 1, 2015 – present. Oversee INDV 360 and INDV 460
research projects, teach methodology workshop, coordinate with students and research
supervisors, Editor for McNair Scholarly Review, and coteach INDV 400 which helps students
prepare for grad school.
Interim McNair Research Coordinator May 2004 through August 2005. Oversee both
Pre-SRI and SRI student research projects, taught methodology section, handled
logistical/ administrative problems, editor for annual review.
Coordinator for Missouri Abroad: Ghana Program. August – December 2001.
Supervised eight Missouri students on campus of University of Ghana-Legon.
Interim McNair Research Coordinator. McNair Program. May 6 – July 30, 1999.
Oversaw both Pre-SRI and SRI student research projects, taught methodology
section, handled logistical/ administrative problems.
Project Coordinator for seminar "African Development Reconsidered." Hosted by
James S. Coleman African Studies Center, UCLA and the World Bank. April 1994
through June 1994. Booked flights, made itineraries, taped sessions, and
coordinated nearly all aspects of conference.
Research Assistant for Barbara Geddes. Research on African political
regimes. Political Science, UCLA. June to August 1995.
Research Assistant on UCLA/USDA Database Project headed by Michael F. Lofchie.
African Studies Center, UCLA. June 1988 to September 1990.
Instructor of English as a Second Language. Long Beach City College.
Long Beach, CA. Fall 1987 through Summer 1996. Composition, grammar,
and conversation at all levels.
Regional Representative for Haut-Zaire, Peace Corps, Zaire. Supervised 26 volunteers and
four employees, ran regional office, made site checks and reports to capital. August
1985 to August 1986.
Peace Corps, Zaire: High School English Teacher. Grades 9-12. École Secondaire de
External Peer Reviewer for United Nation Commission for Africa’s Report: Economic Report
on Africa 2011: Governing development in Africa – the role of the state in economic
transformation. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 17, 2010.
Visiting Professor Visiting Professor. University of Ghana – Legon. Department of Political Science.
Fall 2001. Also supervised 9 Missouri college students for Missouri Abroad Program.
Peace Corps Volunteer, 1983-1986
-Regional Representative for Haut-Zaire, Peace Corps, Zaire (Now Orientale, DRC). August 1985
to August 1986. 26 volunteers, six employees, advanced agent for placing volunteers, liaison officer
-High School English Teacher. Grades 9-12. (1983-85). Obtained USAID development grant to
electrify the hospital in Wamba, Haut-Zaïre, Zaïre for my secondary project. Summer 1985.
I did planning, obtained grant, bought materials, and ran nearly all the wiring. Another volunteer
fixed the generator and helped with some wiring.
Awarded Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. Spring 2010.
Received sabbatical, Truman State University. AY 2009/10.
Nominated for the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. 2009, 2006,
2005, and 2003.
Promoted to Full Professor. Fall 2009.
Nominated for Outstanding Research Mentor Award. Truman State University.
Nominated for Educator of the Year, Truman State University. Spring 2007, 2006.
Nominated, Faculty of the Year Award. National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
Awarded Tenure, Truman State University, April 2002.
Promoted to Associate Professor, Truman State University, June 2001.
Recipient of Summer 1997 Faculty Research Grant. Truman State University.
UCLA Political Science Department Co-nominee for American Political Science Association
Dissertation of the Year Award: Comparative Politics. Academic year 1994/95.
UCLA Political Science Department Nominee for Luckman Distinguished TA Award.
Academic year 1993/94.
Graham Fellowship, UCLA. 1992/93 and 1993/94.
Teaching Associate / Assistant Fellowship, 1990/91, 1991/92 and 1992/93. UCLA.
Title VI Language Scholarship Recipient, 1988/89 and 1989/90. Intermediate and
Advanced Swahili. UCLA.
Instructor's Credential: Basic Education. California Community Colleges. July 1987.
Teaching Credential: State of California. Social Studies/English. K-12 and Adult Classes.
Professional Certificate: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Social Studies /English. Grades
7-12. May 1983.
Peer Counseling Certificate: Peace Corps Regional Representative Training. August 1985.
Land Rover Maintenance Certificate: Peace Corps Regional Representative Training.
French: read, write, and speak fluently.
Swahili: read, write, and speak quite competently
Spanish: basic skills in reading and speaking.
Lingala: basic skills in speaking.
Available upon request.