First Church Forum – Sun, Nov 9

Professor Peter VonDoepp will be our next guest at our First Church Forum on Sunday, November 9 at 11:30 A.M. We look forward to a lively conversation with Peter about life, media, politics and the law in Africa.

Peter is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and Interim Director of the Global and Regional Studies Program. His research focuses on African politics, with specific attention to democratization-related issues. His book, Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa (Lynne Rienner, 2009), examines judicial development in new southern African democracies. He is also co-editor, with Leonardo Villalon, of “The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions” (Indiana, 2005). His other published work appears in a variety of journals and several edited volumes. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Fulbright-Hays program. Dr. VonDoepp has conducted field research in Ghana, Malawi, Zambia and Namibia. He received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida. He is currently undertaking research on state-media relations in Africa.

Peter is a member at First Congregational church along with his wife, Chris Allen, and their two children.

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