Professor Richard Yidana



Professor Richard Yidana
2165 AuSable Hall
[email protected]
(616) 331-3183


Binghamton University
Ph.D. Sociology


Social Movements, Anticolonial and National Liberation Movements (Africa & the African Diaspora), Development and Culture (Africa, Asia & Latin America), Ethno-Nationalism and Social Change (Developing World)


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology of Civil Rights

Current Research Interests

New histories, new nationalisms, new state transformations, and comparative national development in Sub-Saharan Africa


Prior to coming to Grand Valley, Professor Yidana 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. 

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