Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Professor of Political Science
"Students should know that, since Aristotle, political science has played a role in helping understand the complexity of the human being as a political animal in a political world. Students pursue my field because they want to acquire policy and political knowledge needed to function and run the economic, social, and political institutions within the framework of the dynamics of an international political economy."
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Professor Lumumba-Kasongo's specific interests in political science are varied and timely. Comparative politics, international relations, political economy, education, philosophy, and classical studies are all intertwined in the classes he teaches. Political science provides theoretical tools and empirical knowledge about the origins, structures, and functioning of the institutions and systems of power and governance, including those of the nation-states, citizenry, political institutions, multinational and transnational agencies, and other political forces such as gender and social class. This understanding helps students comprehend why political actors behave the way they do, the values they represent, how they make certain types of decisions, and the impact of those decisions on the environment, households, and society at large.


1972 Diplôme d'Agrégation, Université Libre du Congo
1972 B.A. Université Libre du Congo
1975 M.A. Harvard University
1980 M.A. The University of Chicago
1981 Ph.D. The University of Chicago

Select Publications

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. Who and What Govern in the World of the States?: A Comparative Study of Constitutions, Citizenry, Power, and Ideology in Contemporary Politics, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2005.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. "Reconceptualizing the State as the Leading Agent of Development in the Context of Globalization in Africa." African Journal of Political Science / Revue Africaine de Science Politique 7:1 (2002): 79-108.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T."Reflections on the African Renaissance and Its Pragmatic Implications for Deconstructing the Past and Reconstructing Africa." The Journal of La Renaissance Noire / Black Renaissance 4:1 (2002): 110-120.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. "Globalization, Capitalism, Liberal Democracy, and the Search for New Development Paradigms in Africa." Occasional Paper Series of the African Association of Political Science 5:1 (2001): 1-28.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. "Capitalism and Liberal Democracy as Forces of Globalization with Reference to the Paradigms behind Structural Adjustments Programs in Africa." Politics Administration and Change 34 (2000): 23-52.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. The Dynamics of Economic and Political Relations Between Africa and Foreign Powers: A Studies in International Relations, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1999.

Lumumba-Kasongo, T. Rise of Multipartyism and Democracy in the Global Context: the Case of Africa, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1998.

Courses Taught

The United Nations Simulation
Politics in Developing Countries
International Organization
Comparative Governments and Politics: Cases of Predominantly
Black Nations
Liberalism and Its Critics
Old and New Paradigms in World Politics
Approaches to International Relations
Governments and Politics in Industrialized Countries
Introduction to International Studies
Introduction to Africana Studies
Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis
Topics in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies

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