Ken Menkhaus

Email: kemenkhaus@davidson.edu


Ken Menkhaus is professor of Political Science at Davidson College, where he has taught since 1991. Prior to his appointment at Davidson College, he taught for two years at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  He received his Ph.D. in International Studies in 1989 from the University of South Carolina, where he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for dissertation research on land and politics in southern Somalia.  His subsequent specialization on the Horn of Africa has focused primarily on development, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and political Islam, involving both academic research and policy work.   In 1993-94, he served as special political advisor in the UN Operation in Somalia, and in 1994-95 was visiting civilian professor at the US Army Peacekeeping Institute. He regularly serves as a consultant for the UN, US government, non-governmental organizations, and policy research institutes, and has provided expert testimony on two occasions before subcommittees of the US Senate.  In 2002, he was a recipient of a US Institute of Peace grant to study protracted conflict in the Horn of Africa. Menkhaus is author of over fifty articles, book chapters, and monographs, including Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism (2004) and “Governance without Government in Somalia: Spoilers, State Building, and the Politics of Coping,” (International Security, 2007).