Department of Comparative Politics

New professor II: Deborah Brautigam

The Department of Comparative Politics is proud to present our new Professor II for the period 2011-2013, Professor Deborah Brautigam, School of International Service, American University.

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Professor Deborah Bräutigam's research focuses on China-Africa relations, foreign aid, industrialization, state-building, and development. She is the author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2009) as well as publications on foreign aid and governance; taxation and state-building; global networks and comparative development in Africa and Asia. She has lived in Asia and Africa, studied Chinese for years, and done research in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

Deborah Brautigam is a leading expert on development issues and international politics. Her work on China's investments in Africa has reached a wide audience. ? Her well-timed book provides the first comprehensive account of China's aid and economic cooperation overseas. China has ended poverty for hundreds of millions of its own citizens. Will Chinese engagement benefit Africa? Using hard data and a series of vivid stories ranging across agriculture, industry, natural resources, and governance, Brautigam's fascinating book provides an answer.

Deborah Brautigam will be at the department of Comparative Politics until May 13, and she will give a seminar in the Bergen Resource center May 12 at 3 pm. She will be part of the Department's teaching staff for the nest two years and give lectures on China, and China's foreign policy at the Bachelor and MA level.