Faculty & Staff

John James Quinn has been at Truman since the fall of 1996. He majored in History and English at St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) and is certified to teach high school. He obtained his MA and PhD in Political Science from UCLA (1995). He teaches African Politics, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, Research Methodology, Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to International Relations, and Senior Seminar. He taught at the University of Ghana-Legion for a semester and spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His primary research agenda centers on the political and economic effects of majority state ownership of industry or mining or oil in Africa. He also works on issues of African democratization in the post-Cold War period, French ODA in Africa, regional diffusion of ethnic conflict to Zaire, corruption, and comparative development and democracy. He is author of The Road Oft Traveled: Development Politics and Majority State Ownership of Industry in Africa (Praeger, 2002). He has also published articles in such journals as International Interactions, Party Politics, and International Politics; he has written several chapters for books as well.