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Professors available on Nelson Mandela

Posted by Admin On December - 10 - 2013

EVANSTON, IL -  Nicholas Pearce, a leadership expert who is a pastor and a clinical assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is available to speak with reporters about Mandela and his legacy.

Professor Pearce may be reached at (847) 467-3468 and n-pearce@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

He will be in Africa from Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 10 to 15 (he will be in South Africa Dec. 12 to 15).

Pearce focuses on collaboration and diversity in organizations. His latest work examines leadership on the national level (presidents, prime ministers, etc.) in diverse cultures and the impact that collaborative, participatory leadership can have on accelerating economic growth. As both a professor and a pastor, he brings a rare perspective to the intersection of leadership and values. “Mandela’s values of love, equality, forgiveness and reconciliation resonated through his leadership and will be a significant part of his legacy,” Pearce said.

Douglas Foster, author of “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post Apartheid South Africa” (W.W. Norton, 2012) is available to speak to reporters about Mandela and the impact of his death on South Africa. Foster, who is an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, can be reached by cell at  (510) 292 9771; Office: (847) 467-7661 or dmfoster@northwestern.edu.

Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He can be reached at (847) 436-4823 or via email at r-joseph@northwestern.edu. (Please note that he’s currently in China but is available to conduct interviews via phone or email at the number listed above.)

Joseph has devoted his scholarly career to the study of politics and governance in Africa with a special focus on democratic transitions, state building and state collapse, and conflict resolution. He directed the African Governance Program at the Carter Center (1988-1994) and coordinated elections missions in Zambia (1991), Ghana (1992), and peace initiatives in Liberia (1991-1994). He has been a longtime member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He has written and edited dozens of scholarly books and articles including Radical Nationalism in Cameroun (1977); Gaullist Africa: Cameroon Under Ahmadu Ahidjo (1978); Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria (1987); State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa (1999); and the Africa Demos series (1990-94).

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

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