Bruce Magnusson

Bruce MagnussonChair, Division I (Social Sciences)

Associate Professor of Politics

Office: 131 Maxey Hall
Telephone: (509)527-4939
Fax: (509)527-5026
Email: magnusba@whitman.edu

Politics Department

Global Studies Program

Race and Ethnic Studies Program 

Office Hours (Fall 2014):

Tuesdays 2:30-4:00; Fridays 10:00-11:00 or by appointment

Education:

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
B.A., French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979

Courses 2014-15:

Fall 2014:

Politics 147: International Politics

Spring 2015:

Politics 367: African Political Thought

Courses 2013-14:

Fall 2013:

Politics 147: International Politics
Politics 490: Senior Seminar (with Profs. Brick, Casumbal-Salazar, and Jackson)

Spring 2014:

Politics 497/98: Senior Thesis/Honors Thesis (with Profs. Brick, Casumbal-Salazar, and Jackson)

Courses 2012-13:

Fall 2012:

Politics 147: International Politics
Politics 258: Politics in Africa
Politics 367: African Political Thought

Spring 2013: Sabbatical Leave

Courses 2011-12:

Fall 2011:

Politics 147: International Politics

Spring 2012:

Politics 400A/World Lit 387A (with Prof. Zalloua): Violent Subjects

Courses I teach with some regularity:
Politics 147: International Politics
Politics 258: Politics in Africa
Politics 259: Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
Politics 338: North-South Relations
Politics 348: International Politics of Ethnic Conflict
Politics 367: African Political Thought
Politics 378: Transnationalism
Politics 497/98: Senior Thesis

Publications

Spectacles. Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua, editors. Manuscript submitted to the University of Washington Press for inclusion in the Global Re-Visions Series (Seattle: University of Washington Press in association with Whitman College)

Contagion: Health, Fear, Sovereignty. Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua, editors. Global Re-Visions Series (Seattle: University of Washington Press in association with Whitman College, 2012).

“Understanding Democratic Survival and Democratic Failure in Africa: Insights from the Divergent Democratic Experiments in Benin and Congo (Brazzaville). John F. Clark, co-author. Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 47, No. 3 (July 2005).

“Democratic Legitimacy in Benin: Institutions and Identity in a Regional Context,” in The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions in Comparative Perspective. Leonardo Villalon and Peter VonDoepp, editors. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005).

"Transnational Flows, Legitimacy, and Syncretic Democracy in Benin," in Constructivist Comparative Politics: Theoretical Issues and Case Studies. Daniel Green, editor. (New York: M.E. Sharpe Publications, 2002).

"Democratization and Domestic Insecurity: Navigating the Transition in Benin," in Comparative Politics, Vol. 33, No. 2 (January 2001).

"Testing Democracy in Benin: Experiments in Institutional Reform," in State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa.  Richard Joseph, editor. (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1999).

"Legitimating Democracy in Benin: New Institutions and the Historical Problem of Economic Crisis" in L'Afrique Politique 1996 (Paris: Karthala, 1996).

Current Research

My research agenda addresses questions at the intersections of ethnicity, security, and violence in Africa. The threads I am currently pursuing include, 1) the intellectual and institutional history of ethnic and religious ascription in population censuses in colonial and postcolonial Africa; 2) the vectors of violence characterizing censuses and elections; 3) mapping violence in Africa in the foreign policy imagination.

Other areas of research interest include: U.S. - Africa security policy; Globalization and the child soldier.

Faculty-Student Research Awards

2012 Abshire Research Scholar Award (with Prof. Zalloua and Genevieve Venable, '12); 2011 Abshire Research Scholar Award (with Prof. Zalloua and Gabriella Friedman, '13). 2010 Fluno Faculty-Student Research Award (with Sara Rasmussen, '12). 2009-10 (with Claire Lueneberg, '10) Adam Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism. 2005 Lewis B. Perry Research Award with Laura Hanson ('07): "Census Categories, Ethnicity, and Electoral Institutions in Africa." 2001 Lewis B. Perry Research Award with Anamarie Turlea ('02): "African Legal Institutions and Ethnic Diversity." 1998 Lewis B. Perry Research Award with Sashka Koleva ('99): "Democratization and Inter-Ethnic Accommodation in Bulgaria (Eastern Europe) and Benin (West Africa)." We presented a paper by the same name at the International Studies Association meetings in Washington, DC (February 1999).

2013 George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising

2005 Fluno Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences