Jack Mangala


Jack Mangala is Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Grand Valley State University (Michigan) where he served, up until last year, as Director of African and African American Studies Program and Director of the Area Studies Center. He holds a PhD in International Law from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Professor Mangala’s scholarly interests center on the nexus between international law and human security and on Africa’s international relations with a particular emphasis on the following thematic areas of Africa-EU relations (peace and security, governance and human rights, and migration and mobility). He has written extensively in these fields. His most recent publications include Assessing George W. Bush’s Policies toward Africa: Proposals for the New U.S. President and African Leaders (Universe Press, 2009), Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a Strategic View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and New Security Threats and Crises in Africa: Regional and International Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

During his sabbatical stay at Carleton, Professor Mangala will be working on two forthcoming books. EU-Africa Relations: Diplomacy of Dependency and Change (Cambria Press) and Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Interregionalism in World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr. Mangala’s teaching portfolio includes the following courses: international law, international organizations, African politics, US-Africa relations, international relations, understanding Africa, and world politics.

Contact info: email: mangalaj@gvsu.edu