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Carolyn M. Somerville

Associate Professor

Office: 1724A HW
Phone: 212-772-5669

Areas of Specialization:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Impact of Non-Governmental Organizations on Democracy in Africa


  • PolSc 115: Introduction to International Politics
  • PolSc 117: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PolSc 260: African Politics through African Films
  • PolSc 267: Politics of Southern Africa
  • PolSc 273.05: Global Issues
  • PolSc 278: International Organizations
  • PolSc 352: State and Society in Africa
  • PolSc 374: International Human Rights

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982.


  • Curtis Keim and Carolyn Somerville, Mistaking Arica: Curisosities and Inventions of the American Mind,  4th ed. (New York: Routledge, 2017)
  • Forthcoming. Women's Realities, Women's Choices, 4th Ed. NY: Oxford U. Press. (2013)
  • "Politics of Southern Africa." In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Rick Valelly. NY: Oxford U Press. (2013)
  • "What Political Science Is Missing by Not Studying AIDS" (with Kenneth S. Sherrill and Robert W. Bailey), PS:  Political Science and Politics 25 (4) (December 1992):  688-93.
  • "The Impact of the Reforms on the Urban Population of Senegal:  How the Dakarois View the Crisis," in Chris Delgado and Sidi Jammeh, eds., The Political Economy of Structural Adjustment in Senegal (New York:  Praeger, 1991).
  • Drought and Aid in the Sahel:  A Decade of Development Cooperation (Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 1986).