James Wallace Professor of International Studies & Chair
Global political economy; political and social theory; African politics; leadership and the state; Somali studies; Islam and globalization.


Dr. Ahmed I. Samatar, founding Dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship, has lectured at many universities and colleges, including Cornell, Harvard, Iowa, London School of African and Oriental Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, Somali National University, Toronto, University of Amsterdam, University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), York, University of Otago, and Wellesley College. Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political and social thought, and African development, is the author/co-author/editor of five books and over forty articles and reviews, including The Making of Dahabshiil (2021);Beware of the Jihadist Component (New York Times, 2013); Interviewing the Interviewer (2011); Escape From Hell: What Now For Somali-Americans? (2011); The African State: Reconsiderations (Heinemann, 2002); and Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction (Brookings Institution, 1995). Professor Samatar is the founding editor-in-chief of Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies. He is also the editor of 28 Volumes of Macalester International, a journal of undergraduate education and internationalism. His current research interests are in the areas of leadership and the state in Somalia, and globalization and the rise of Islamic consciousness. In the special commissioned volume of Bildhaan which focuses on the exigencies of transition in Somalia, Samatar’s article is titled: The Porcupine Dilemma: Govenance and Transition in Somalia (Volume 7, 2007). His other articles include: A Virtuosic Touch: Hodeide, a Life with the Oud and More (Bildhaan, Volume 8, 2008), and Battling Two Fronts: Introducing Maryen Omer Ali (Bildhaan, Volume 9, 2009). Professor Samatar has conducted workshops for and delivered numerous public lectures to Somali Diasporic communities across North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

BA: magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin (LaCrosse), 1978
MA: University of Denver, 1981
PhD: University of Denver, 1984

View syllabi for courses taught by Professor Samatar:

INTL 110 – Intro to International Studies: Globalization

INTL 301 – Power and Development in Africa

INTL 380 – Global Leadership

INTL 489 – Senior Seminar: Capitalism and World (Dis) Order


Bereft of Trust: Reflections on the Causes of the Somali Catastrophe

Trump time and American Muslims by Ahmed I. Samatar, Special to Gulf News

Reconstructing Somalia: Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation

The New York Times – Room for Debate

WORLD VIEWS- Samatar’s Hero’s Welcome in Somaliland – The AfricaPaper

Featured on CNN’s African Voices (12/07/12)

The Making of Dahabshiil