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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Brian Hesse

Dr. Brian Hesse

Email

Office

56 Valk

Phone

660.562.1761
660.562.1241 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2002

Associate Professor


Education

  • Ph.D., International Relations; London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Marshall Scholar: One of forty American undergraduates selected (from as many as 40,000) to study for an advanced degree in Great Britain, 1996-2000
    • Ph.D. Advisor: Professor James Mayall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
    • Ph.D. Title: "Grand Aims and Modest Means:  The Parallel Evolution of US and South African Foreign  Policies Towards Africa in the 1990s"
  • B.A., Political Science; Kansas State University (Cum Laude, Honors Program)
  • B.A., History; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, United States (Cum Laude, Honors Program)
    • Honors Program Thesis: "The Banana Will Return: A Traveler's Journal"
  • Secondary Degree, International Studies; Kansas State Universitys (1994)
  • Participant, International Student Exchange Program (ISEP); University of Dar es Salaam (1993-94)

Courses Taught

  • African World
  • Africa in Modern Media
  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Economic Development
  • Public Policy
  • Intro to American Government
  • Honors Introduction to American Government

Academic Interest

  • Africa, the Middle East and Islam
  • International Affairs
  • Political Economy

Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Hesse, Brian.  "The Myth of Somalia," The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, July 2010, pp. 247-259.  A special issue of the JCAS entitled Somalia - State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy.
  • Hesse, Brian.  "Where Somalia Works," The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, July 2010, pp. 343-362.  A special issue of the JCAS entitled Somalia - State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy.

Books

  • SOMALIA:  State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy (Edited by Brian Hesse)
    (Oxford, England;  New York, USA;  Routledge, April 2011.  176 pages.  $125.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-415-59463-9.)
  • The United States, South Africa and Africa: OF GRAND FOREIGN POLICY AIMS AND MODEST MEANS
    (Aldershot, England;  Burlington, USA; Singapore; Sydney:  Ashgate Publishers, August 2001.  xvi + 238 pp.  Figures.  Illustrations.  Notes.  Select Bibliography.  Index. $63.50.  Hardback. ISBN 0-7546-1739-4.)

Articles

  • Hesse, Brian. "A Continent Embraces the Cell Phone," Current History (Africa Special), Volume 106, Number 700, May 2007.
  • Hesse, Brian. "Globalization and Conditions for Coexistence in the Asia-Pacific Region in the 21st Century," in the book Agenda for Peace in East Asia: Towards a Comprehensive Approach (Yokohama:  Seori Publishers, 2006 --   Hiroshi Sasaki, Editor).
  • Hesse, Brian. "Celebrate of Hold Suspect?  Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in Africa," Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 23, Number 3, September 2005.
  • Hesse, Brian. "The Peugeot and the Baobab:  Islam, Structural Adjustment and Liberalism in Senegal," Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 22, Number 1, January 2004.
  • Hesse, Brian. "The World in Three Spheres:  Mere Coexistence with a Nuclear North Korea," Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Volume 5, Number 2, 2004.
  • Hesse, Brian. "The Rise of Liberal Economics in South Africa," International Journal, Volume LVI, Number 2, Spring 2001.

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor for Mortar Board, the premier senior academic honorary at Northwest. Advisor for Model United Nations club.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Owner and guide for Cowabunga Safaris conducting safaris all over the African continent.

Other

Brian Hesse is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University in the United States. He is also a seasonal African Safari Guide for the US-based company Cowabunga Safaris. In addition to articles in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, International Journal, The Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs, African Studies Review and other publications, Dr Hesse is the author of the book The United States, South Africa and Africa: Of grand foreign policy and modest means.  He currently serves as an international editor for The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, and was editor of, and a contributor to, the book SOMALIA:  State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy (Oxford, England;  New York, USA;  Routledge, April 2011), a project done in conjunction with The Journal of Contemporary African Studies.