David Hamilton Shinn

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Adjunct professor
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Areas of Expertise

Africa, China-Africa, Turkey-Africa, Gulf States-Africa, US Africa policy

Foreign Service Officer with US Department of State for 37 years, including assignments as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Teaching since 2001 in Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.


Current Research

Horn of Africa/Gulf State relations and great power competition


Ph.D, George Washington University


China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012 University of Pennsylvania Press); Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (2013 Scarecrow Press); Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gulen Movement (2015 Tsehai Publishers)

Classes Taught

Rising China in Africa (graduate); US Policy in Africa (undergraduate)