Richard Jacob Yidana

640 Bayberry Pointe DR. NW

Apt. L

Grand Rapids, MI 49534


(616) 735-4957




PhD (January, 2007), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University.


Dissertation: Controlling Narratives, Controlling Histories: Political Discourses of Anticolonial Nationalism


MA (2000), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Demonstration of Competence Examination (Written Work):


*The Political Economy of Socio-Nationalist Movements: Ghana & National Liberation Movements in Africa.

*The Categorical Imperatives of a Paradigm & the problem of Historical Specification: Historical-theory and Theoretical-History.


BA (1995), Sociology & Political Science, Clark University. Worcester MA, 01610.




Social Movements (Race, Nationalism and Resistance: Africa and the African Diaspora)


Anticolonial & National liberation Movements (Africa & the African Diaspora).


Ethno-Nationalism and Social Change (Developing World)


Political/historical Sociology


Development & Culture (Africa, Asia & Latin America)


Social Theory


Comparative/World-Historical Methods.


Post-Independent ��Nation-states�� & nation-building: Africa




Research Fellow (2005-2006), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Dissertation Year Fellow (2000-2001), Graduate School, Binghamton University.


Distinction in Area Paper (Demonstration of Competence) Defense (2000), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University.


Graduate/Teaching Assistantship (1996-2000), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University.


Phi Beta Kappa Lambda of Massachusetts (1994), Clark University, Worcester MA.


Fiat Lux Honor Society (1993-1994), Clark University, Worcester MA.




Assistant Professor (2007), Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University.


Assistant Professor (2006), Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University.


Adjunct Lecturer (2005-2006), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Adjunct Lecturer (2006), Department of Africana Studies, Binghamton University.


Adjunct Lecturer (2003-2005), Department of Sociology and Anthropology, State University Of New York-College at Cortland.


Adjunct Lecturer (2003), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Adjunct Lecturer (2001-2002), Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Director, Workshop in Political Economy and Culture (PEC), Binghamton University, 2003. Monthly forum geared and tailored towards the discussion of issues/ideas common to world-historical social science and cultural studies (e.g., Globalization, post-colonial studies, Coloniality of power, economic and cultural processes embedded in global consumerism).


Research Associate to Arrighi Giovanni (1998). ��Development in Africa�� after Development theory.  


Research Assistant to Arrighi Giovanni (1997). ��The Way the Development

Project Works: The Impasse of the development project in Asia & Africa (1998).   



Clark University Admissions Committee (1994), Clark University; Financial Aid Committee (1995), Clark University & President��s Select Committee On Minority Affairs (1993), Clark University.




��Winners & Losers��: Globalization, its limits and drawbacks. This talk was given at the invitation of the ��Society for the Advancement of Management and International Business�� of the Seidman School of Management here at GVSU (Fall, 2006).


Rescuing history from the Nation:  Africa, the Nation & Its Histories and Struggles. Lecture delivered during the week of the Department of African & African American Talk Series (Winter, of 2007).


The Political Economy of Homelessness & Hunger. Talk delivered to the Homelessness and Hunger Organization at Grand Valley State University (Winter, 2007).


Comparative Conversations: Lessons from Vietnam & Operation Iraqi Freedom. Talk delivered at Grand Valley State University at the invitation of Homelessness and Hunger organization (Winter, 2007).


Social Geography: The Uneven Geography of Historical Capitalism: The Advent of Modernity and the ��Rise of the West.��  Lecture delivered at the State University Of New York-College at Cortland ((2003).


American Society: Democracy Examined: Historicizing Concepts and Conceptualizing History, Liberty & Equality Revisited.  Lecture delivered at the State University Of New York-College at Cortland ((2003).




SOC 328: Comparative Social Development. Binghamton University, (Spring, 1998 & 1999). Course on World Income inequality and uneven socio-economic development interrogated through the prism of the ��Rise & fall�� of Development Theory.


SOC 380G: Africa & the World. Binghamton University, (Summer, 2000 & 2002). Course examined the historical development of the changing role of Africa �C i.e., continuities and discontinuities �C in the political-economic evolution of historical capitalism. Development and social change is the guiding thread of this course


SOC 115: Race, Class & Gender. Binghamton University, (Fall, 2001 & Spring 2002). Course examined the historical, social and political construction of these categories and their relational dynamics. In doing so, it paid particular attention to their theoretical and concrete historical expressions as the nexus.


 SOC 380I: Latin American Social Structures (Fall 2001). Course on the social and structural tendencies cast on two major thematic categories: 1) understanding the historical development of Latin America within the broader context of modern/colonial domination/imperialism and, 2) casting the problem of ��underdevelopment�� within intellectual writings and the production of social knowledge (e.g., Modernization, and Dependency Historical explanations/critique of social change and economic progress).


SOC 226: Social Movements. Binghamton University (Fall, 2002). Course on the theoretical and historical foundations of Social Movements in the context of colonialism. Anchored by anticolonial struggles, this course sort to recast our understanding of social movements not only as historically varied and therefore specific, but also as world-historical agencies.


SOC 260: Social Problems in the United States. Binghamton University (Spring, 2003 & Fall, 2005). This course attempted to broach the following questions: 1) under what historical and socio-economic conditions are the meanings of race, class, and gender contested in American society? 2) What role, if any, have these concepts in question played in shaping the discourse of social and political reality in the US? 3) How has America as a hegemonic power/society addressed race, class and gender inequities? And, 4) to what extent has race, class and gender inequalities been narrowed over the years. 


SOC 100: American Society. State University Of New York-College at Cortland. (2003-2005).

This Course attempted to broach questions of a theoretical, cultural, historical and social nature. Focusing on the making of America, race class and gender inequality in American society and how these issues have been shaped over time. Additionally, the class attempted to broach or at least consider how these categories have shaped the discourses of power and social redistribution of wealth and power overtime.


SOC 378: Deviant Behavior. State University Of New York-College at Cortland. (Spring, 2004). This course examined the temporal and spatial context under which deviance assumes its social and historical meanings. Course also examined the role of social class and culture in the construction of deviance.


SOC 380C: Nationalism and Social Movements in Colonial Africa. Binghamton University (Spring, 2006). This charts Africa��s role in ��freeing�� itself from formal colonialism and imperialism; provides insights into the political, historical and cultural workings of colonial and imperial powers and how they shaped the relations between colonized and colonizer; evaluates related historical developments within and beyond Africa��s boundaries that helped shape the diverse forms of social movements which arose to resist colonialism. The scope thus spans African and imperial and their interconnections. It also highlights important colonial, African and pan-Africanist relations.


AFST 283G: West African History. Binghamton University (Spring, 2006). From a distinctively African view point, this course attempts to broach the following questions: under what geographical, historical and political conditions did empires like Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Kanem Bornu, Oyo, Benin etc, rise, evolve and fall? How did different historical and political circumstances on the ground shape different outcomes albeit all of the empires appeared to have had notably similar historical and cultural influences? Finally, the course interrogates the African-European relation and its impact in changing not only the politics of the continent but its geography as well.


SOC. 280:  Social Problems, E & R (Fall, 2006: Grand Valley State University). This course examined the social, historical, and political underpinnings of quest for freedom and equality with a specific reference to the changing notions of these values with respect to race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc.


SOC. 333: Sociology of the Civil Rights Movement, Seminar (Fall, 2007: Grand Valley State University). This course explored the sociohistorical and political contexts under which most if not all African-Americans saw their histories and struggles as a source for a special and unique historical experience upon which their collective aspirations could draw upon to make democracy a reality in their lives.


SOC. 201: Introduction to Sociology, E & G (Winter, 2007: Grand Valley State University). This course introduced students the historical sociology of knowledge and polity. It paid particular attention to the Parsons, C. Wrights Mills, Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Locke, Hobbes, Mills, etc as a way of getting students to engage issues of social organization, etc.


SOC 380A: Global Social Problems (Winter, 2007: Grand Valley State University). It examined the global nature of human geography and the social conflicts it generates, cultural and political belonging, in a world in which the struggle for the distribution of social wealth and power governs all else.


SOC. 280: Social Problems, C & D (Summer, 2007: Grand Valley State University). This course attempted to explore the sources of social problems as world-historical and yet, with local specificities across cultural geographies. It focused on War and the Modern Conscience, the Environment, and how these are expressed through race, class, and gender.


SOC. 280: Social Problems, 05 & 18 (Fall, 2007: Grand Valley State University). Designed to introduce students to the local-global dynamics of the sociology of knowledge and polity, environmental sociology, and other social phenomena, it focused on World Hunger, the Environment, and Poverty among other things to elucidate the main themes.


SOC. 333: The Sociology of the Civil Rights Movement (Fall, 2007: Grand Valley State University). It explored the sociological underpinnings of racial formation in the US with specific reference to the Civil Rights Movements. In doing so, it sought to situate the history of the struggle for racial equality in the US in spatial and temporal diversity with global-local implications.




Manuscript in progress


Karl Polanyi in Africa: Reflections on the Lineages of the Historical, Political, and Economic Origins of African Nationalism


Articles & Ideas in progress


��Controlling Narratives, Controlling Histories: Ghana in the Circuit of the Imperial Narrative and Discourses of Anticolonial Nationalism�� (I have included a draft copy of this paper).


��Silent Voices, Active Consciousness: Socio-nationalism and the gathering of the storm, 1897-1948 (I have included a draft copy of this paper)


��New Nations, New Citizens, & New Movements: Understanding Contemporary Social and National Movements in Africa�� (.prognostication: chapter due January 31)



��Globalizing the Sociological Imagination: Understanding Social Justice Through C. Wright Mill�� (prognostication: short-run)


��The Modern World System & State Formation in Africa: A Critical Inquiry Into ��nation-building�� in Nigeria�� (prognostication: long-run) 


��The State of National and Continental Unity in the Age of Globalization: Africa & the World�� (prognostication: long-run)





��Globalizing the Sociological Imagination: Bringing Africa Home to the West through the Novel.�� This paper was delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.



Faculty Search Committee, Grand Valley State University



Interviewer, National Security Education Program (NSEP), Grand Valley State University, 2006


Faculty Advisor, African Students Council, Grand Valley State University, 2006-2008


Faculty Advisor, Homelessness & Hunger, Grand Valley State University, 2007-2008


Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International, Grand Valley State University, 2007-2008


Faculty Advisor, Sociology Club, Grand Valley State University, 2006-2008


Graduate Student Representative, Faculty Search Committee, Binghamton University, 1998-1999


Graduate Student Representative, Faculty Search Committee, Binghamton University, 2000-2003




Professor Dale Tomich (Chair of Dissertation Committee), Department of    Sociology, Binghamton University.



Phone: (607)-777-6840


Professor Ricardo Rene Laremont, Chair (Department of Sociology), Binghamton University.



Phone (607) 777-4809


Professor Michael. O West, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University


Phone: 607-777-2629


Professor Anibal Quijano. Director of Social Science Research Center, Lima, Peru; International Adjunct, Binghamton University.


Professor Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, Soci��t��s en D��veloppement dans L��espace et le Temps, Universit�� de Paris 7/CNRS