Lako Tongun, Associate Professor of International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies

Lako Tongun

Associate Professor of Critical Global Studies and Political Studies
On Sabbatical Fall 2023

With Pitzer Since: 1988
Field Group: Critical Global Studies and Political Studies
Campus Address: Scott Hall 223
Phone: 909.607.3772
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: See Faculty Directory

Educational Background

MA, PhD, University of California, Davis
BA, St. Mary’s College of California

Research Interests

African and third-world politics; political economy, developmental economics (Third World).

Recent Courses

Introduction to International and Intercultural Studies (IIS10)

History and Political Economy of Natural Resources (IIS17)

Power and Social Change (IIS50)

State and Development in the Third World (IIS122)

Contemporary Political and Social Movements in the Third World (IIS122)

Third World Socialism (IIS123)

African Politics (IIS125)

Environment and Development in the Third World (IIS127)

Agricultural Economic Development in the Third World (IIS141)

International Relations in the Middle East (IIS146)

Special Topics in Mid- East International Relations: Turkey, Islam, and the Middle East (IIS 147)

Senior Thesis (IIS199)

Selected Publications

“Pan-Africanism and Apartheid: African-American Influence on US Foreign Policy,” in Sidney J. Lemell and Robin D.G. Kelley, eds., Imagining Home: Class, Culture and Nationalism in the African Diaspora. London and New York: Verso, 1994.

Reviewed Surviving Drought and Development: Ariaal Pastoralists of Northern Kenya, by Elliot Fratkin, American Ethnologist vol.21, no.4 (1994).

The Political Economy of National Planning in the Sudan: Determinants of Choices and Priorities. Davis: University of California, Davis, 1983.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“South Sudan: Professor Lako Tongun on Independence,” interview with Africa Today, KPFA 94.1, September 5, 2011. Audio available at:

“Darfur and the Sudan,” invited speaker, Canada Crescenta Democractic Club, March 2010.

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