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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Brian Hesse

Dr. Brian Hesse

Email

Office

61 Valk

Phone

660.562.1290
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
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • Global Events and Trends
  • 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. "Why Deploy To, and Perhaps Die In, Somalia?  Understanding Six African Countries’ Reasons for Sending Soldiers to the Horn of Africa.”  Submitted for peer-review.  Awaiting final decision for publication.
  • Hesse, Brian. "Africa’s Intoxicating Beer Markets,” African Studies Review, Spring 2015.
  • Hesse, Brian. "Two Generations, Two Interventions in One of the World’s Most-Failed States:  The United States, Kenya and Ethiopia in Somalia," Journal of Asian and African Studies, Fall 2014.
  • Hesse, Brian.  “Somalia.”  2,500-word entry in the Oxford Companion to American Politics (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Books

  • SOMALIA: State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy (Edited by Brian Hesse)
    (Oxford, England; New York, USA; Routledge, April 2011. 176 pages. $125.00. Hardback. ISBN978-0-415-59463-9.)
  • 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

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor for Mortar Board, the premier senior academic honorary at Northwest. Advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honorary.

Other Professional Experiences

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

Other

Dr. Brian Hesse is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University. Books of his include the edited Somalia: State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy and The United States, South Africa and Africa: Of Grand Foreign Policy Aims and Modest Means. Articles of his have appeared in African Studies Review, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, The Journal of Asian and African Studies, Current History, International Journal, Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs, and other publications.  His article ‘Introduction:  The Myth of Somalia’ has trended as the most-read article for The Journal of Contemporary African Studies.  Research of his has been featured on National Public Radio, on the nationally-syndicated segment “The Academic Minute.”  Since 1998, Dr. Hesse has served as a guide for, and owner of, the company Cowabunga Safaris.