Department of Political Science

Dr. Laura E. Seay

Laura E. Seay

Dr. Laura E. Seay
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Laura E. Seay is an assistant professor of political science.  Her research addresses community responses to state fragility in central Africa and US foreign policy in central Africa.  She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and is completing a book, Substituting for the State, on the differences in the ways that civil society organizations respond to the state’s absence in social service provision in the Kivu provinces and Ituri district.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Review of African Political Economy, African Security Review, L’Afrique des Grands Lacs: L’Annuaire 2010-11, St. Antony’s International Review, Accord, and an edited volume, War and Peace in Africa.  She is also the author of a recent Center for Global Development policy paper on advocacy efforts and the mineral trade in the DR Congo and is engaged in a broader project to collect data on the effects of U.S. legislation designed to mitigate the effects of conflict in Africa.

At Morehouse, Seay teaches comparative politics, African politics, conflict and conflict resolution, and international organizations.  She holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in African Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in International Studies from Baylor University. Seay writes Texas in Africa, a widely read blog on African politics, development, and security, and has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog, The Guardian’s Global Development blog, Al Jazeera English, ForeignPolicy.com, and TheAtlantic.com.  In the Atlanta community, Seay is a member of Northside Drive Baptist Church and the Junior League of Atlanta.

Contact
Wheeler Hall, Room 301
Ext. 2255
lseay@morehouse.edu