Cassandra Veney, PhD


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Areas of interest/specialization: Comparative Politics


Cassandra Veney is professor and chair of the Department of International Relations. Prior to joining USIU-Africa, she was a professor in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. She has also taught at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Loyola Marymount University.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MA African Studies, Howard University
  • BA Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

    Publications/Journal Articles

  • The Political Economy of Development and Democratic Transitions in Kenya, (co-authored with Paul Tiyambe Zeleza), Yale Journal of International Affairs, May 14, 2013. Available at
  • Human Rights and Black Refugee and Immigrant Women in the Post-9/11 Era, Labrys, (November 2009):1-18.
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Internally Displaced Women in Liberia and Uganda and the Role of the International Community, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4 (May 2006):209-226.
  • The Ties That Bind: The Historic African Diaspora and Africa, African Issues, Special Edition of Issue, The African Brain Drain to the North: Pitfalls and Possibilities, XXX, 1(2003):308.
  • Indias Relations with South Africa During the Post-Apartheid Era, The Journal of Asian and African Studies, 34,3 (August 1999):321-335.
  • Chinas Post-Cold War African Policy, (co-authored with Richard J. Payne), Asian Survey, 38,9 (September 1998):867-879.
  • The Abolition of Apartheid and Its Implications for Nigeria, (co-authored with Richard J. Payne), The Journal of Developing Societies, 13,2 (December 1997):208-228.


  • US-Africa Relations: From Clinton to Obama, editor. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • Democracy and Development in Post-Conflict African Nations (co-edited with Dick Simpson). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012.
  • Forced Migration in Eastern Africa: Democratization, Structural Adjustment, and Refugees. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.
  • Leisure in Urban Africa (co-edited with Paul Zeleza). Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2003.
  • Women in African Studies Scholarly Publishing (co-edited with Paul Zeleza). Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2001.

    Book Chapters

  • “Women and the New African Diaspora,” in Holding the World Together: African Women in Changing Perspectives, editors, Nwando Achebe and Claire Robertson. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019:255-274.
  • Nigeria: Views from the Hegemon in West Africa on the Obama Administration, in The World Views of the Obama Era: From Hope to Disillusionment, editor, Matthias Maass. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017:31-48.
  • African Diasporas, Immigration, and the Obama Administration, (co-authored with Paul Tiyambe Zeleza) in The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century, editors, Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen. New York: Routledge, 2014:99-114.
  • The Effects of Immigration and Refugee Policies on Africans in the United States: From the Civil Rights Movement to the War on Terrorism, in The New African Diaspora, editors, Isidore Okpewho and Nkiru Nzegwu. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2009:196-214.
  • The Ties That Bind: Lessons from the Historic Diaspora, in Negotiating Modernity: Africas Ambivalent Experience, editor, Elisio Salvado Macamo. Dakar: Codesria Book Series, 2005:44-66.
  • A Sustainable US Foreign Policy Toward Africa: Promoting Human Rights, Development, and the Rule of Law, in Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Africa, editors, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Philip McConnaughay. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004:175-187.
  • Building on the Past: African and African American Linkages in the 21st Century, in African Universities in the twenty-first century, editors Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Adebayo Olukoshi. Dakar and Pretoria: Codesria Book Series and the University of South Africa Press, 2004:263-280.
  • To Carry a Heavy Burden in the Heat of the Day: Refugee Migration to and From Tanzania, in Migration and Immigration: A Global View, editors, Maura Toro-Morn and Marixsa Alicea. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 2004:197-208.
  • No Place to Call Home: Refugee and Internally Displaced Women in Kenya, in Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas, editors, Catherine Higgs, Barbara Moss, and Earline Ferguson. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2003:117-129.


  • Comparative Political System
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Development Issues in Africa
  • Critical Issues in Africa
  • American Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • African Politics
  • Gender and Human Rights in Africa
  • Contemporary Social Movements
  • Blacks in the 20th Century
  • International Migration in a Global Perspective
  • African International Relations
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Introduction to Peace and Conflict
  • Refugee Studies
  • Forced Migration in Africa
  • Nations and Narrations
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
  • Politics of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Global Perspectives on Women and Gender
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Social Media