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Turner, Robin

Assistant Professor - Political Science
Political Science


Jordan Hall - 345
Thursdays 4-6 PM or by appointment, Fall 2013

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

  1. African politics
  2. Southern African studies
  3. Gender and sexuality politics in Africa
  4. Environmental Politics & Environmental Justice
  5. Political economy of development
  6. Property Rights
  7. Qualitative research methods & field research praxis
  8. Tourism Studies
Courses offered: 
Political Science
  • PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PO 201 Research and Analysis
  • PO 350 African Politics
  • PO 380 Environmental Justice
  • PO 380 Politics of Gender & Sexuality in Africa
  • PO 380 Political Economy of Development
  • PO 490 Political Economy: Growth and Well-Being in Rich and Poor Countries
  • PO 490 Politics and Patronage (fall 2009)
Core Curriculum
  • FYS 101-2 Travelers and Tourists First-Year Seminar
  • GHS 206 Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

  • Land Restitution, Traditional Leadership, and Belonging: Defining Barokologadi Identity. Journal of Modern African Studies 51(3): 507-531, 2013.
  • With David K. Leonard, Jennifer Brass, Michael Nelson, Sophal Ear, Dan Fahey, Tasha Fairfield, Martha Johnson Gning, Michael Halderman, Brendan McSherry, Devra Coren Moehler, Wilson Prichard, Tuong Vu, and Jeroen Dijkman. Does Patronage Still Drive Politics for the Rural Poor in the Developing World? A Comparative Perspective from the Livestock Sector. Development and Change 41(3):475-494, 2010.
  • Communities, Wildlife Conservation, and Tourism-based Development: Can Community-based Nature Tourism Live Up to Its Promise? Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 7: 161-182, 2004. Co-published in the University of California International and Area Studies Digital Collection, 5, 2006.
  • Livestock, Liberalization, and Democracy: Constraints and Opportunities for Rural Livestock Producers in Reforming Uganda. Pro-poor Livestock Policy Initiative Working Paper No. 29. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2005.
  • Livestock Production and the Rural Poor in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa States, India. Pro-poor Livestock Policy Initiative Working Paper No. 9. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2004.  
  • with Diana Pei Wu. Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism: An Annotated Bibliography and General Overview, Focusing on U.S. Literature, 1996-2002. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program Affiliate
  • International Studies Program Affiliate
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Program Affiliate
  • Science, Technology and Society Program Affiliate



  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, December 2009
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, May 2002 
  • M (Social Science), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Political Studies/African Politics with Distinction, December 1998
  • BA, Duke University, Magna cum Laude with Distinction in Public Policy Studies and Certificate in Women’s Studies, May 1995

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

  • African Politics Conference Group
  • African Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association