Associate Professor Rod Alence
|Qualifications||BA, MA, PhD|
|Phone||011 717 4494|
|Organisational Unit||International Relations|
Political economy of development; politics and governance in Africa; quantitative research methods.
Prof Alence holds AM and PhD degrees in political science from Stanford University. His main interests are in the areas of political economy, African development, and quantitative research methods. His PhD was awarded the American Political Science Association’s prize for best thesis in political economy. At Wits since 2002, he has supervised two PhD theses and sixteen MA research reports, including nine distinctions and two winners of the School of Social Sciences postgraduate research prize. While on sabbatical during the 2008-2009 academic year, he was Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he continues to serve on the advisory committee of the African Social Research Initiative. As part of that initiative, he has taught several short courses in quantitative research in Ghana. Before coming to Wits, he held positions at the University of the Western Cape and at the Human Sciences Research Council, and he spent one year as a Fulbright researcher at the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs.
INTR 4051/7066: Principles of statistical social research
INTR 4045/7043: International political economy of African development
INTR 4050/7065: International relations of Africa's natural resources (with Prof. G. Khadiagala; in abeyance 2013)
INTR 2002 Political economy and international relations (block module)