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Dr. Thierno Thiam

Dr. Thierno Thiam  joined Tuskegee University in December 2010 from the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) based in Washington D.C. The ISE blends conceptual thought, analysis and direct experience to rethink relations between citizens, states and markets in the globalized world. At the Institute for State Effectiveness, Dr. Thiam was in charge of the report that detailed Rwanda’s institutional transformation.  Dr. Thiam is currently the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, Co-Director of the Integrative Public Policy and Development Ph.D. Program and a Professor of Political Science and International Relations.

Dr. Thiam’s work has been featured in various outlets including the Palgrave MacMillan’s Speakers Series, Springer Nature, the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations as well as various U.S. and International News outlets. Additionally, he has lectured extensively across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. He is the author of three books and variety of articles.

Dr. Thiam’s academic activities span across several major universities, including Howard University, where he taught the Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics, the University of Maryland — College Park, where he taught the Politics of Africa, and Purdue University, where he taught courses in International Relations. At Tuskegee University, Dr. Thiam's courses include International Relations, International Organizations, and Comparative Government at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In 2021, Dr. Thiam was selected by C-SPAN to be a part of a group of scholars charged with the mission to evaluate the leadership effectiveness of the past 45 U. S. presidents.  This work constitutes a reference for presidential effectiveness studies and continues to be widely cited by the press.

Research Interests

  • Democracy and Democratic Transitions

  • International Relations/Foreign Policy

  • Sustainable Development

  • African Politics

  • Institutional Transformations