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Christopher LaMonica, Ph.D.

Government, Program Chair, Professor Department of Humanities
Christopher LaMonica

Education

  • Boston University
    Ph.D. Political Science, December 2000.
    Concentration: African Politics (local governance)
    Dissertation title: “The Politics of Strengthening Local Government Institutions in Zambia.”
    Boston University, International Graduate Programs (Paris)
    M.A. International Relations, June 1993.
  • Harvard University
    John F. Kennedy School of Government
    Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.), June 1997.
    Concentrations: International Development, Local Government Finance, Africa.
  • University of Paris-I/Panthéon-Sorbonne
    École de Droit de la Sorbonne
    Visiting Graduate Student, October 1992-June 1994.
    Certificat de Scolarité, June 1994.
  • University of Massachusetts/Amherst
    B.A. Economics, Minor: French, May 1984.

Courses Taught

  • GOV-2359: Politics of Africa
  • GOV-2338: Politics of Latin America & the Caribbean
  • GOV-2480: Politics of International Development
  • GOV-2467: Politics of North Africa & the Middle East
  • GOV-2265: Comparative Politics
  • GOV-2274: International Political Economy
  • GOV-2367: International Relations
  • GOV-2463: Maritime Policy & Strategy
  • GOV-2499: Advanced Research Project (Africa) (6 credits)
  • GOV-2399: The Francophone World (1 credit)

Books

  • Christopher LaMonica, African Politics: Frameworks for Analysis, (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, pending).
  • Christopher LaMonica and J. Shola Omotola, eds., Horror in Paradise: Frameworks for Understanding the Crises of the Niger Delta of Nigeria, (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, Africa Series, 2014). ISBN: 978-1-61163-355-9.
  • Christopher LaMonica, Local Government Matters: The Case of Zambia, (Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2010). ISBN: 978-3-8383-1045-9.
  • Christopher LaMonica, International Politics: The Classic Texts (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, January 2004); Second Edition (May 2007); Second Edition Revised (June 2008).
    ISBN: 0-7875-4261-9.

Articles

  • Christopher LaMonica and George Stetson, “Oil Politics in Southern States: A Comparative Study of Indigenous Resistance to Corporatist Allegiances in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria and the Peruvian Amazon,” Journal of Human Security, (draft, in progress).
  • Robert Pomeroy, Karina Mrakovcich, John Parks, Christopher LaMonica, “Drivers and Impacts of Fisheries Scarcity, Competition, and Conflict on Maritime Security,” Marine Policy, Vol. 67 (1) (2016): 94-104.
  • Christopher LaMonica, “Moving Beyond ‘Illiberal Democracy’ in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recalling the Significance of Local Governance,” African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR), Vol. 9 (7), (July 2015): 268-283.
  • Erik Wingrove-Haugland, Christopher LaMonica, Elizabeth Rivero, and Alina M. Zapalska, “Teaching Global Issues in an Undergraduate Educational Program,” Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 11, No. 1 (January 2013): 10-19.
  • Christopher LaMonica, “External Challenges to Moving Toward Sustainability in the Niger Delta Region: Why a Critical Assessment of the Classical Epistemologies and Developmental Assumptions of External Actors Matters,” Africana, Special Issue: The Niger Delta, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Boston, MA: African Studies Center, March 2011): 272-318.

Chapters

  • Christopher LaMonica, (Revised chapter) “Chapter 14: The Significance of Local Governance to Human Security in Illiberal Contexts,” in Alex and Sabina Lautensasch, eds., Human Security in World Affairs: Problems and Opportunities, 2nd Ed. (Vienna, Austria: Caesar Press, 2020) (in press).
  • Christopher LaMonica, “Moving Beyond ‘Illiberal Democracy’in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why Local Governments Matter,” in Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi, ed., Citizenship, Democracy and Media Engagement in Emerging Economies and Marginalized Communities, (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). ISBN: 13-978-3319562148.
  • Christopher LaMonica and J. Shola Omotola, Chapter 1: “Introduction: Why the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria Matters,” pp. 3-24; Chapter 10 (sole author): “Moving Beyond Ideological Approaches to the Crises of the Niger Delta,” pp. 143-168; and Chapter 18: “Conclusion: Why ‘New Civilizing Arrangements’ Are Required for the Restoration of Paradise,” pp. 287-294 in Horror in Paradise: Frameworks for Understanding the Crises of the Niger Delta of Nigeria, (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, Africa Series, 2014). ISBN: 978-1-61163-355-9.
  • Christopher LaMonica, “The Significance of Local Governance to Human Security in Illiberal Contexts,” in Alex and Sabina Lautenbasch, eds., Human Security in World Affairs, (Vienna, Austria: Caesar Press, 2013), pp. 265-284. ISBN: 978-3-902890-00-9.
  • Christopher LaMonica, “Liberalism and the Refugee: Exploring the Contradictions,” in Yilma Tafere Tasew, ed., Outcast: The Plight of African Refugees, (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, May 2011), pp. 138-164. ISBN: 978-1-56902-349-5.
  • Published Interview: “Working on Non-Western Perspectives in Both Theory and Practice: An Interview with Christopher LaMonica,” in Robbie Shilliam, ed., International Relations and Non-Western Thought: Imperialism, Colonialism, and Investigations of Global Modernity, (Routledge, September 2010), pp. 227-238. ISBN: 978-0-41557-772-4.
  • Christopher LaMonica, “Africa in International Relations Theory: Addressing the Quandry of Africa’s Ongoing Marginalization within the Discipline,” in Peyi Soyinka Airewele and Rita Kiki Edozie, eds., Reframing Contemporary Africa: Politics, Economics and Society in a Global Era, (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, January 2010), pp. 351-374. ISBN: 978-0-87289-407-5.
  • Sheryl Boxall and Christopher LaMonica, “Algeria,” in Karl DeRouen, Jr. and Paul Bellamy, eds., International Security and the United States, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, Praeger Security International, 2007), pp. 29-44. ISBN: 0-275-99253-5.

Working Papers

  • Christopher LaMonica, “Liberia Case Study: Real world challenges to the implementation of US government strategy in the Gulf of Guinea,” Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, Naval War College, Newport, RI (2015).
  • Christopher LaMonica, “Moving Beyond ‘Illiberal Democracy’ in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recalling the Significance of Local Governance,” Working Papers in African Studies No. 264, (Boston, MA: African Studies Center, December 2010). 27 pp. Available at: http://www.bu.edu/africa/publications/index.htm

Other Publications

  • Entry: “Development” in Oxford University Bibliographies On-line (OBO), (New York: Oxford University Press), http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/ (Launched August 2013).
  • Book Review: Douglas Yates, The Scramble for African Oil, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) in Africana (Boston: African Studies Center) Vol. 6, No. 2 (June 2013), pp. 248-249.
  • Book Review: Magali Chelp-den Hamer, Youngest Recruits: Pre-War, War & Post-War Experiences in Western Côte d’Ivoire, (Pallas Publications-Amsterdam University Press, 2010) in Africana (Boston: African Studies Center) Vol. 6, No. 1, June/July 2012), pp. 319-321.
  • Entry: “Colonialism” in Oxford University Bibliographies On-line (OBO), (New York: Oxford University Press), http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/ (Launched March 2011).

Academic Conferences (2009-)

  • Conference Paper: Christopher LaMonica, “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in West Africa: A comparative study of the maritime governance approaches used in Senegal and Ghana,” African Studies Association (ASA), Boston, MA, November 20-24, 2019.
  • Conference Paper: Christopher LaMonica and Karina Mrakovcich, “Rethinking the role of women in the battle against food insecurity and maritime crime in West Africa,” Women, Peace & Security Series Conference, Watson Institute for Public Affairs, Brown University, Providence, RI, November 6-8, 2019.
  • Conference Presentation: Christopher LaMonica and Karina Mrakovcich, “Mapping Fisheries and Maritime Security Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean,” New England Conference on Latin American Studies (NECLA), New London, CT, November 2, 2019.
  • Panel Chair and Discussant, “Economies In Upheaval: Conflict, Populism, Factionalism,” New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Portland, ME, April 27, 2019.
  • Paper #1: Christopher LaMonica, Ginger Denton, and Jonathan Harris, “IUU Fishing and the Rise of Maritime Crime in the Gulf of Guinea,” and Paper #2: Christopher LaMonica, Ginger Denton, and Jonathan Harris, “Emerging Threats in the Gulf of Guinea: Mapping Maritime Violence with GIS,” International Securities Section of ISA and International Security & Arms Control of APSA (ISSS-ISAC) Joint Annual Conference, Washington, DC, October 12-14, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker, “Comment et pourquoi le domaine maritime en Afrique sera bientôt un problème de sécurité régional,” Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM), SciencesPo, Université de Bordeaux, France, May 10, 2017. See: http://lam.sciencespobordeaux.fr/evenement/seminaire-exceptionnel-0.
  • Invited Speaker, “Paradigm Shift: Why the ‘Maritime Domain’ Matters to 21st-Century Analyses of African Politics,” Institut de Recherche Strategique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), Ecole Militaire, Paris, France, April 28, 2017.https://www.irsem.fr/data/files/irsem/documents/document/file/1226/Lettre_IRSEM_Avril_2017.pdf
  • Conference Paper: “Exploring the ‘Tipping Point’ in the Gulf of Guinea: What fish stock data might tell us about the prospects for regional security” African Studies Association (ASA), Washington, D.C., December 1-3, 2016.
  • Conference Paper: “Paradigm Shift: Why the ‘Maritime Domain’ Matters to 21st-Century Analyses of African Politics,” South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS), Cape Town, South Africa, August 31 – September 2, 2016.
  • Panel Chair and Discussant (Invited): “Power & Resistance,” New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Newport, RI, April 22-23, 2016.
  • Conference Paper: “Breaking the Cycle of State-Corporate Crime in Nigeria,” African Studies Association (ASA), San Diego, CA, November 19-22, 2015.
  • Conference Paper: “Internal Colonialism in Practice: The Cases of Liberia and Nigeria,” International Studies Association (ISA) Northeast, Providence, RI, November 6-7, 2015.
  • Conference Paper: “Why Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is a Security Risk in the Gulf of Guinea,” International Security Studies Section of ISA and International Security & Arms Control of APSA (ISSS-ISAC) Joint Annual Conference, Springfield, MA, October 8-10, 2015.
  • Invited Panel Participant (Faculty Representative of USCGA), Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocities Prevention (JSAMAP) Education Workshop, Washington, D.C., September 10-13, 2015.
  • Conference Paper (Panel Convener and Chair)
    • Panel Theme: “US Maritime Policy & Strategy in the 21st-Century” (Supervised papers 2, 3, 4)
    • Paper 1: Christopher LaMonica and LCDR Christopher Sweeney, “The Politics of Maritime Security Sector Reform (MSSR)”;
    • Paper 2: Wathek Ltifi, “Exploring the ‘Security-Development Nexus’ via Statistical Analysis: The Cases of Zones D and E of Western Africa”;
    • Paper 3: Jalle Merritt and Bradley Brown, “How GIS Analysis Can Help Maritime Security Sector Reform Efforts in the Gulf of Guinea Region of Western Africa”; and
    • Paper 4: Gabriel Patterson, “On China’s Ongoing Effort to Diminish its Dependence on the Straits of Malacca and Potential Implications for SE Asian Security.”
      New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), New Haven, CT, April 24-25, 2015.
  • Conference Paper: “The Role of Women in Political Protests Against West African State Tyranny: A Comparative Study of Experiences in Liberia and in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.” Women, Peace & Security Conference, Naval War College, April 16-17, 2015.
  • Conference Paper: “Oil Politics in Southern States: A Comparative Study of Indigenous Resistance to State-Corporate Crime in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria and the Peruvian Amazon” (International Political Economy Section – Extractive Industries and Resource Politics), International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans, LA, February 15-21, 2015.
  • Conference Paper: “Challenges to Interagency Law Enforcement Cooperation in the West African Maritime Domain” (International Relations Section) and Panel Discussant “Comments on US Foreign Policy” (International Relations Section), New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Woodstock, VT, April 25-26, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, BRICS Discussion Series, (to mid-career US and other state military officers) with Glenn Fedzer, US Foreign Service, Africa Desk, US State Department, “South Africa: US Strategic Partner and Regional Hegemon,” BRICS Discussion Series, Naval War College, Newport, RI, USA, December 3, 2012.
  • Conference Presentation (invited by ASC): "US Coast Guard Strategies for Enhancing Port Security in the Littoral Regions of Western Africa, “African Politics Today: Challenges and Prospects, Conference in Honor of Professor Edouard Bustin, African Studies Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, October 26-27, 2012.
  • Conference Paper: “Twenty-First Century Challenges to Coastal Governance in Nigeria,” New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Portsmouth, NH, April 26-28, 2012.
  • Conference Presentation (invited by NWC): “Real World Challenges to Correcting the Gender Gap in African Studies: My Travels With CQ Press and Others” Women Peace and Security Conference, US Naval War College, Newport, RI, March 29-30, 2012.
  • Conference Paper: “Moving Beyond Ideological Approaches to the Crises of the Niger Delta,” African Studies Association (ASC), Washington, D.C., November 17-19, 2011.
  • Conference Presentation (invited by VMI): “A Strategy for Sustainable Maritime Development in the Gulf of Guinea,” The Eagle & the Dragon: Stability and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, November 2-4, 2011.
  • Conference Presentation: “AFRICOM, AGOA and US Strategic Interests in Africa: What Are They, Really?” African Studies Association (U.K.) (ASA-UK), St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., September 16-19, 2010.
  • Invited Speaker, Rodney Seminar Series (with introduction by Edouard Bustin), “The Politics of Strengthening Local Governments in a Sub-Saharan State: The Case of Zambia,” African Studies Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, March 15, 2010. (http://www.bu.edu/africa/events/rodney/podcasts/).
  • Keynote Speaker, CRI Seminar Series, “On Goethe’s Weltliteratur and the Provincial Status of IR Theory,” University of Paris-I/Panthéon-Sorbonne, Centre des Relations Internationales (CRI), Paris, France, March 4, 2009.

Academic Service (2009-)

  • Section Chief (IR), New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), in coordination with NEPSA Director and Board, responsible for management of conference paper submissions and conference panels on all matters related to the political science subfield of “International Relations,” June 2019 – present.
  • Member, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) Honors Supervisory Committee: Assist honors students with scholarship (Fulbright and other) applications. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, January 2010 – present.
  • USCGA Faculty Representative, Joint Service Academy Mass Atrocities Prevention Symposia (JSAMAPS), Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, United States Military Academy (USMA-West Point), October 2014 – present. https://westpoint.edu/center-holocaust-and-genocide-studies/profile/chris_lamonica.
  • Faculty Representative, International Council, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, September 2013 – present.
  • Lead Academic Advisor, Department of Humanities (Government), U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2015–2016.
  • President, Faculty Senate (elected), U.S. Coast Guard Academy, September 2011–August 2013;
  • Vice-President, Faculty Senate (elected), U.S. Coast Guard Academy, September 2010–August 2011.
  • Faculty Representative (appointed), Inclusive Excellence Council (formerly Diversity Council), U.S. Coast Guard Academy, April 2012–August 2013.
  • Faculty Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bowling Club, January 2010–August 2013.
  • Member, Curriculum Review Committee (appointed), Department of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, August 2010 – June 2011 (completion of review). As a member of the Committee, participated in the restructuring of the requirements and course offerings for the Academy’s GOV major.
  • Exchange Scholar, University of Paris-I/Panthéon-Sorbonne, Research on Development and Globalization, Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris, France, January–June 2009.

Memberships (2009-)

Present (ongoing or regularly renewed):

  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • African Studies Association-UK (ASA-UK)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA), Africa Working Group Member
  • Research Fellow, African Studies Center, Boston University
  • New England Latin American Studies Association
  • IHI Fellow, International History Institute, Boston University
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Caucus for a New Political Science (http://www.apsanet.org/~new/).
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society)

Past:

  • IUS Fellow, Inter-University Seminars on Armed Forces and Society
  • New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA)
  • Royal Africa Society (RAS)

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