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Nadia Rabesahala Horning

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

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, Spring 2021

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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, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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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, Winter 2020, Fall 2020

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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PSCI 0103 - Intro to Comparative Politics      

Introduction to Comparative Politics
This course offers an introduction to the comparative study of political systems and to the logic of comparative inquiry. How are different political systems created and organized? How and why do they change? Why are some democratic and others authoritarian? Why are some rich and others poor? Other topics covered in this course include nationalism and political ideologies, forms of representation, the relationship between state institutions and civil society, and globalization. The goal in this course is to use comparative methods to analyze questions of state institutions -- how they arise, change, and generate different economic, social, and political outcomes. 3 hrs. lect. disc. (Comparative Politics)/ CMP SOC

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

Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

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PSCI 0209 - Local Green Politics      

Local Green Politics
How do local communities manage their natural resources? How do they navigate global forces that often work against them? Through systematic comparisons of cases of successful and unsuccessful community resource management efforts, we will assess under what conditions local communities are likely to be successful environmental stewards. The course will draw on experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the USA. Students will compare the cultural contexts in which resource management decisions are made. By the end of the course, students will be expected to describe and critically analyze cases of resource (mis)management. They will also learn to offer solutions to situations of resource mismanagement. 3 hrs. lect./disc./(Comparative Politics)/ AAL CMP CW SOC

Spring 2020

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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 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 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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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