Dr. Christopher LaMonica
Associate Professor of Comparative Politics
Dr. LaMonica’s research encompasses local and coastal governance in sub-Saharan Africa, trade logistics and port security, and the social, environmental, and other developmental impacts of oil extraction. In addition to his own research, Dr. LaMonica also supervises senior honors advanced research projects on maritime safety and security capacity-building in West Africa. He is currently an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. LaMonica worked in ocean freight shipping for Kuehne & Nagel (UK) Ltd., the International Energy Agency (IEA) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and for USAID/Zambia. He previously served on the faculty of Victoria University in New Zealand.
Dr. LaMonica received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University.