Sociology Department

Richard Yidana

Richard Yidana (Associate Professor): Prior to coming to Grand Valley, Richard worked as a Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at Binghamton University & SUNY Cortland. Courses taught ranged from Comparative Social Development to West African History. His research and career interests include: Social Movements; Anticolonial & National Liberation Movements (Africa & the African Diaspora); Development & Culture (Africa, Asia & Latin America); and Ethno-Nationalism and Social Change (Developing World). Richard received his B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University, State University of New York.  

His current research revolves around the new histories, new nationalisms, new state formations, and comparative national development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other than the normal sources of research in higher academic institutions, his research also relies heavily on “The African Novel” as an important index of the social struggles inherent in the diverse histories of Africa.

He is also currently working on the social and political origins of the collapse of the developmental state in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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