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Recent Faculty Publications & Interviews

PAS faculty and affiliates continue to publish books and periodicals and are also featured in popular media. Below is a list of these recent accomplishments:


Sera Young (Anthropology), "Flint water was not an anomaly": Northwestern anthropologist leads broad research effort into household water insecurity, Northwestern Now, August 9, 2018.

Juliet Sorensen (Law), Unpublished notes from ’94 meeting with Mandela donated to Northwestern library, Chicago Sun Times, July 22, 2018.

Rachel Riedl (Political Science), This is why global AIDS interventions fail, The Washington Post, July 14, 2018.

Rachel Riedl (Political Science), Northwestern Announces New PAS Director, Northwestern Research News, July 9, 2018.

Will Reno (Political Science), interviewed in Northwestern Welcomes Fulbright Scholars This Summer, Northwestern Research News, May 14, 2018.

Adia Benton (Art History), Why we should be cautious about the 'game-changer' Ebola vaccineAl Jazeera, May 30, 2018.

Michael Wairungu (Swahili), Daring Abroad: Michael Wairungu, Professor of Kiswahili, Northwestern University, USA, CHAMS Media Channel, March 31, 2018.

Will Reno (Political Science) / Jahara “Franky” Matisek (Political Science PhD student), “Not your grandfather’s militaries:” Researching new models of civil-military relations in Africa, Northwestern International Relations, February 8, 2018.

Robert Murphy (Feinberg) / Kara Palamountain (Kellogg), Global team wins $15 million to help end preventable newborn deaths in AfricaNorthwestern Now, February 5, 2018.

Peter Locke (Anthropology, Global Health) / Noelle Sullivan (Anthropology, Global Health) / Sera Young (Anthropology, Global Health), Global Health Studies: A Model for Campus Internationalization, Northwestern International Relations, January 31, 2018.


Will Reno (Political Science) / Rachel Riedl (Political Science), Partnerships Position Northwestern For Global Impact, Northwestern Research News, November 13, 2017

Zekeria Ahmed Salem (ISITA), The Last Slaves in Mauritania, book reviewed in The New York Review of Books, November 23, 2017

Rebecca Shereikis (ISITA) / Zekeria Ahmed Salem (ISITA, Political Science), ISITA Welcomes New DirectorNorthwestern Research News, October 20, 2017

Sera Young (Anthropology), IPR Anthropologist Receives Grant to Measure Water Insecurity, Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research, February 2017

Noelle Sullivan (Anthropology), The Global Gag Rule’s Impact Goes Far Beyond AbortionFootnote, February 10, 2017

Noelle Sullivan (Anthropology), New administration must look to recent past for global health lessonsThe Hill, January 18, 2017

Will Reno (Political Science), Frontlines to the Classroom: Will Reno Reveals the Roots of Political ViolenceNorthwestern Research News, January 17, 2017

Juliet Sorensen (Law), interviewed in Juliet Sorensen believes interdisciplinary collaboration is key to global justiceNorthwestern NowJanuary 11, 2017


Kathleen Bickford Berzock (Block Museum), interviewed in Groundbreaking African art exhibit earns grant for Block MuseumNorthwestern NowOctober 28, 2016

Rachel Riedl (Political Science), interviewed in Political Scientist Combines Social Awareness, Comparative OutlookNorthwestern Research News, October 20, 2016

Juliet Sorensen (Law), In Remotest Mali, A Hero on International Women’s DayHuffington Post, March 9, 2016

Matthew Pietrus (Program of African Studies), I don't live in Chi-Raq, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, My Block My Hood My City, March 7, 2016

Noelle Sullivan (Anthropology), Global poor's medical care would be unethical in U.S. Orlando Sentinel, February 25, 2016


Rachel Riedl (Political Science), As Pope Francis calls for compassion toward the poor in Africa, what are African churches doing?Washington Post, November 28, 2015

Jessica Pouchet (PhD Candidate, Anthropology), Tanzania's rainforest: Nature's hidden treasureCNN, October 19, 2015

Chris Abani (English), Vu Tran's DragonfishThe New York Times, August 10, 2015

Matthew Pietrus (Program of African Studies), The Right to the City in the Informal Sector: Claiming Rights or Gaining Access in Kampala, Uganda? The Geographical Bulletin 56(1)

Richard Joseph (Political Science), Nigeria's 2015 Elections: Prologue to the Past? Brookings Institute, April 13, 2015

Richard Joseph (Political Science), Buhari's victory in Nigerian election has global significanceThe Conversation, March 31, 2015

Moses Khisa (PhD candidate, Political Science), Uganda is Full of Scandals but UPE is a TragedyAll Africa, February 27, 2015

Rachel Riedl (Political Science), Are efforts to limit presidential power in Africa working? Washington Post, February 16, 2015


Rachel Riedl (Political Science), Vibrant democracies emerging from power vacuums give hope for Burkina FasoWashington Post, November 5, 2014

César Braga Pinto (Spanish and Portuguese) co-editted with Fátima Mendonça, 2014, João Albasini e as luzes de Nwandzenguele: literatura e política em Moçambique 1908-1922