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Michael Schatzberg

Michael Schatzberg

Expert on African politics, African international relations and comparative political culture

Professor, political science College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-2392 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Comparative politics of sport
  • Domestic politics of Central and Eastern African states, notably the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Kenya
  • International politics of Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, especially the international dimensions of state formation
  • Comparative political culture, especially the politics of popular culture in Africa, with a focus on the politics of football (soccer)
  • Political legitimacy in African states


  • Director, African Studies Program, 2004-07
  • Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professorship, UW-Madison, 2002-07
  • Author, "Political Legitimacy in Middle Africa: Father, Family, Food" (Indiana University Press, 2001)
  • Author, "The Dialectics of Oppression in Zaire" (Indiana University Press, 1988)