Nadia Rabesahala Horning

Assoc Prof of Political Science; Dir, Ctr for Social Entrepreneurship

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Course List: 

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FREN 0399 / PSCI 0399 - Power & Pen: Franco Africa      

Of Pen and Power: Writing Political Francophone Africa
Writing is a political act. Taking this as a premise, we will examine the extent to which political writing has affected political change in French-speaking Africa from the colonial era to the present. The course will be based on readings in both political science and Francophone African literature, and it will investigate the connections between political practices and political writings. Topics will include anti-colonial struggles, dictatorships on trial, neo-colonialism and democratic challenges, civil strife, women’s agency, and African resilience. The course will be conducted in French. (FREN 0221) 3 hrs. sem. AAL LIT LNG SAF SOC

Spring 2016

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FYSE 1332 - Reading Africa      

Reading Africa
What do we know about Africa? In this seminar we will explore this vast continent through novels written about it. African and non-African writers will help us discover the continent’s geographies, histories, cultures, and politics. We will study particular phenomena affecting Africans over the centuries including colonialism, dictatorial rule, humanitarianism, the women’s rights movement, and racism. With the help of films and student presentations, we will focus on Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. 3 hrs. sem. AAL CW SOC

Fall 2015

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IGST 0428 / PSCI 0428 - Dictators and Democrats      

Dictators and Democrats
In this course we will explore the processes through which charismatic individuals create, use, transform, or circumvent state institutions to seize and maintain political power. We will examine individual, national, and international factors that propel dictators and democrats to leadership positions. We will also look at the historical context and personal circumstances leading to leaders' demise, sometimes resulting in regime change. Cases from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe will help students describe, classify, explain, and predict leadership outcomes (Comparative Politics) 3 hrs. Sem. CMP SOC

Spring 2018

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IGST 0700 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
(Approval Required)

Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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IGST 0705 - African Studies Senior Thesis      

African Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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INTD 0212 - Soc Innovation Social Change      

From Social Innovation to Social Change
In this course we will study what spurs social innovation and produces change. Our inquiry into the world of changemaking will entail theoretical and conceptual exploration, studying cases of social innovation around the world, and personal introspection. Theories from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, psychology, and sociology will frame our understanding of social change. Concepts examined include social problems, social innovation, social enterprise, and social impact. By the end of this course, students will understand what social innovation and social impact require. This course is primarily intended for students participating in the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program. Open to others by approval (approval only) 3 hrs. sem. SOC

Spring 2019

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INTD 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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PSCI 0202 - African Politics      

African Politics
This course surveys the challenges and possibilities that Sub-Saharan Africa presents in our era of globalization. We will look at the process of state formation to appreciate the relationships between historical legacies and political and economic development. Themes include state formation, democratic governance, sustainable development, and Africa in world affairs. Topics such as colonial rule and national responses, authoritarian rule, ethnic politics, the debt burden, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and natural resource politics will be discussed. Case studies from English-, French-, and Portuguese-speaking Africa will be used to illuminate such relationships. 3 hrs lect/disc. (Comparative Politics)/ AAL SAF SOC

Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

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PSCI 0321 - Anglo vs. Franco Africa      

Anglophone vs. Francophone Africa
Multiple European powers fought to colonize Africa, but only a few prevailed. In this course we will focus on two major post-colonial blocs: English- and French-speaking Africa. We will examine whether, to what extent, and why the current political systems of Anglophone Africa differ from those of Francophone Africa. To do so, we will explore variations in modes of colonial rule, processes of decolonization, and post-colonial political developments in Algeria, Belgian Congo, Madagascar, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Comparative Politics)/ AAL CMP SAF

Spring 2017

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PSCI 0431 - African Government      

African Government
Sub-Saharan Africa has been described as being in a state of permanent crisis, a place where disorder and chaos reign and states are chronically weak. How do political systems form and thrive under such conditions? What accounts for their survival in the face of tremendous political, economic, and environmental challenges? We will investigate the distinctive characteristics of African political systems, the different governance models throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and the types of public goods or public ills these systems have produced. We will also have the opportunity to more deeply appreciate the real-life consequences for displaced Africans through a service-learning component. 3 hrs. sem. (Comparative Politics) AAL SAF

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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Curriculum Vitae




2010 - "Bridging the Gap between Environmental Decision-Makers in Madagascar" in German, Laura, Alain Karsenty and Anne-Marie Tiani (eds.) Governing Africa's Forests in a Globalized World. Earthscan: 234-257.

2009 - "Gestion Communautaire ou Préservation des Ressources Renouvelables : Histoire Inachevée d'une Évolution Majeure de la Politique Environnementale à Madagascar" VertigO, 9(3), with Alain Bertrand and Pierre Montagne.

2008 - "Strong Support for Weak Performance: Donor Competition in Madagascar" African Affairs 107(428): 405-431.

2008 - "Madagascar's Biodiversity Conservation Challenge: from Local- to National-Level Dynamics" Environmental Sciences, 5(2): 109-128.

2008 - "Behind Sacredness: Rules, Local Interests, and Forest Conservation in Bara Country, Madagascar" in Nyamweru, Celia and Michael Sheridan (eds.) African Ethnoforests: Sacred Groves, Culture, and Conservation. James Currey and Oxford University Press: 117-132.

2007 - "Les nouvelles idées de gestion locale des ressources renouvelables et le processus de promulgation de la loi 96-025" in Zo Razanamaharo, and Andrew Cooke (eds.), Le Transfert de Gestion à Madagascar, Dix Ans d'Efforts: Tanteza, RESOLVE/CIRAD/CITE: 21-28, with Alain Bertrand in Pierre Montagne.

2005 - "The Cost of Ignoring Rules: Forest Conservation and Rural Livelihood Outcomes in Madagascar" Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, Vol. 15: 149-166.

2004 - "How Rules Affect Conservation Outcomes" in Goodman, Stephen and Jonathan Benstead (eds.) The Natural History of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press: 146-153.

Research Interests

Development in Sub-Sahraran Africa
The Politics of Biodiversity Conservation
Community-Based Natural Resource Management
Institutions, Interests, and Rule Compliance

Program in Environmental Studies

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