Bessie House-Soremekun, Ph.D.

Bessie House-Soremekun_NEW_150x212


Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science
Phone: 601-979-2096
Location: Dollye Robinson Building, Dean’s Office





Ph.D., The University of Denver, International Studies, 1988
M.A.,   The University of Denver,  International Studies, 1980
B.A.,    Huntingdon College, English, 1978

Research Interests: 
Gender and Development
African Politics
Globalization and Sustainable Development
African and African American Entrepreneurship
African American Business Philanthropy
The African Diaspora
Trans Atlantic Diasporic Entrepreneurial Studies

Courses Taught:
Comparative Politics
South Africa in the Global Economy
The Political Economy of Africa
The African American Experience
International Politics
International Political Economy
African American Entrepreneurship
Women and Development

Recent Publications:
The Ongoing Quest for Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora,” in Discourses
on Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Adebayo Oyebade and
Gashawbeza Bekele, (Austin: Pan African Press, 2017).

“Rethinking the African Diaspora in the Context of Globalization: Building Economic Capacity for
the 21st Century and Beyond,” in Ethnicities, Nationalities, and Cross- Cultural Representations in
Africa and the Diaspora, edited by Gloria Chuku (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic
Press, 2015).

“The Greatest Leader and Peacemaker of our Time,” Mandela: Tributes to a Global Icon, edited
by Toyin Falola, (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2014), 151-152.

“The Power of Words: Scoundrel, Values, and Meaning in the Context of the
Historiography of the African Diaspora,” in Beyond the Boundaries: Toyin Falola and
the Art of Genre-Bending, edited by Nana Akua Amponsah (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa
World Press, 2013), pp. 135-152.

Professional Memberships:
African Studies Association (Member, Board of Directors)
Health Legacy of Cleveland (Member, Board of Directors)
International Black Women’s Caucus