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Joseph Takougang

Title: Professor
Office: 3613 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-0355
Email: joseph.takougang@uc.edu

Joseph Takougang is Professor of African history in the Department of Africana Studies and an affiliate faculty in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained a BA in history from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and an MA and PhD in African history from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His researches and writes on colonial and post-colonial Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. A secondary interest focuses on contemporary African migration, particularly to the United States.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1985.
  • B.A. History, University of Yoaunde,, Cameroon, 1975.

Research Information

Research Interests

In addition to several articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, Dr. Takougang’s publications include:  Cameroonian Immigrants in the United States: Between the Homeland and the Diaspora (Lexington Books, 2014); Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands (Lexington Books, 2012, edited with John A. Arthur and Thomas Owusu); The Leadership Challenge in Africa: Cameroon Under Paul Biya (Africa World Press, Inc., 2004, edited with John M. Mbaku) and  African State and Society in the 1990s: Cameroon’s Political Crossroads (Westview Press, 1998, co-authored with Milton Krieger).

OVERSEAS RESEARCH
 
Field Research in Cameroon, June-July 2005
Field Research in Cameroon, June-August 1998
Field Research in Cameroon, July-September 1995
Research at the National Archives in Buea, Cameroon, July-September 1991
Research at the National Archives in Yaounde and Buea, Cameroon, June-September 1982. 
 

Research Support

  • Taft Publication Grant. $1,000.00. 12-2003.
  • Taft Foundation. $362. 2003.
  • Taft Foundation. $1,340. 2002.
  • Taft Foundation. $950. 1999.
  • Taft Publication Grant. $1,000.00. 02-1998.
  • Summer Faculty Research Grant, University of Cincinnati. $4,000. 1998.
  • University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Grant. $4,000. 1997.
  • Faculty development Grant . $1,800. 1994.
  • University of Cincinnati Council on General Education funding. $1,500. 1994.
  • University of Cincinnati Summer Faculty Fellowship. $4,500. 1993.
  • Benodette E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association. $300. 1993.
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Taft Foundation. $3,500. 1991.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • "Contemporary African Immigrants to the United States." Irinkèrindo: A Journal of African Migration 2 (2003).
  • "Nationalism, Democratization and Political Opportunism in Cameroon." Journal of Contemporary African Studies 21 (2003): 427-445.
  • "The 2002 Legislative Election in Cameroon: A Retrospective on Cameroon's Stalled Democracy Movement." Journal of Modern African Studies 41 (2003): 421-435.
  • “The 1992 Multiparty Elections in Cameroon: Prospects for Democracy and Democratization,” International Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 31, no. 1 (1996), pp. 52-65. 
  • “The Union des Populations du Cameroun and Its Southern Cameroons Connection,” Revue Française d’Histoire D’Outre-Mer, Vol. 83, no. 310 (1996), pp. 7-24.
  • “Human Rights and Multi-party Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa,” 21stCentury Afro
    Review, Vol. 1, no. 3 (Spring 1995), pp. 145-177.
  • “The Press and the Democratization Process in Africa: The case of the Republic of Cameroon,” Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 12, no. 2 (Fall 1995), pp. 326-349.
  • “Recent African Immigrants to the United States: A Historical Perspective,” Western Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 19, no. 1 (1994), pp. 50-57.
  • “Chief Manga Williams and the Making of a ‘Native’ Colonial Autocrat among the Bakweri of the Southern Cameroons,” Transafrican Journal of History, Vol. 23 (1994), pp. 9-31.
  • “Cameroons at the Democratic Crossroads: The Struggle for Power and Authority in an African State,” Asian and African Studies, Vol. 27, no. 3 (1993), pp. 241-262.
  • “The Post-Ahidjo Era in Cameroon: Continuity and Change,” Journal of ThirdWorld, Studies, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 1993), pp. 268-302.
  • “The Demise of Biya’s New Deal in Cameroon, 1982-1992,” Africa Insight, Vol. 23, no. 2 (1993), pp. 91-101.
  • with Professor Basouri Tidjani: “Settlement Patterns and Organizations Among African Immigrants in the United States,”  Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXVI, no. 1 (Spring 2009), pp. 31-40.

Books

  • The Leadership Challenge in Africa: Cameroon Under Paul Biya. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2004.
  • “African State and Society in the 1990s: Cameroon’s Political Crossroads,” co-authored with Milton Krieger. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1998.
  • Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands,  co-edited with John Arthur and Thomas Owusu. Lexington Books (A Division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishes, Inc.), 2012.
      
  • “The Leadership Challenge in Africa: Cameroon Under Paul Biya,” co-edited with John M. Mbaku. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2004. 

Book Chapter

  •  "Strangers Among Us?: French Cameroon Immigrants to the British Southern Cameroons, 1916-1961," Indigenous Structures and Governance in Africa, edited by Femi Vaughan. Ibadan, Nigeria: Safer Books Ltd., 2003, pp. 372-401.
  • "Democracy, Human Rights, and Democratization in Africa," The Transition to Democratic Governance in Africa: the Continuing Struggle, edited by John M. Mbaku and Julius Ihonvbere, 263-277. Praeger Publishers, 2003.
  • With John Mbaku and Julius Ihonvbere, "The Opportunities and Limitations of Opposition Politics in Africa: The SDF and Opposition Alliances," The Transition to Democratic Governance in Africa: the Continuing Struggle, edited by John M. Mbaku and Julius Ihonvbere, 367-397. Praeger Publishers, 2003.
  • “The Future of Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa,” in Africa Beyond 2000, S. C. Saxena, ed. (Delhi, India: Kalinga Publications, 2000), pp. 237-264.
  • "Democracy and Democratization in Africa, " The 1992 Multiparty Elections in Cameroon: Prospects for Democracy and Democratization, edited by Ike E. Udogu. The Netherlands: Leiden, 1997.
  • “Biya and Incremental Reform in Cameroon,” in Political Reform in Francophone Africa, John Clark and David Gardinier, eds. (Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 1997), pp. 162-181.
  • “The Future of Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa,” in Preparing Africa for the Twenty-First Century, John M. Mbaku, ed. (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 1999), pp. 173-183; Reprinted in Africa Beyond 2000, S. C. Saxena, ed. (Delhi, India: Kalinga Publications, 2000), pp. 237-264.
  • “Making In-Roads:African Immigrants and Business Opportunities in the United States,” in Africans in Global Migration: Searching For Promised Lands. John Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, eds. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 117-134.
  • “Searching for Promised Lands: Conceptualization of the African Diaspora in Migration,” in Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands. John Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, eds.  Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012, pp.1-18.
  • “Democracy and Democratization in Cameroon: Living with the Dual Heritage,” in Multiparty Democracy and Political Change: Constraints to Democratization in Africa, John M. Mbaku and Julius Ihonvbere, eds. (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 1998), pp. 195-218.

Encyclopedia Article

  • “Ahmadou Ahidjo” in Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Thomas M. Leonard, ed. New York: Routledge (2005), pp. 25-25 
  • “Cameroon” in Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Thomas M. Leonard, ed. New York: Routledge( 2005), pp. 217-219. 

Newspaper Article

  • "Inkatha can't have it both ways." Cincinnati Enquirer, 1994.
  • “U.S. should help Zaire depose brutal dictator Mobutu,” The Columbus Dispatch, February 5, 1993; reprinted in UC Current, February 12, 1993. 
  • “New World Order and Africa,” Cincinnati Enquirer, February 19, 1992.
     
      
  • “Is Multipartism the Answer?” Africa Events, April 1991.
      

Review

  • Ralph A. Austen and Jonathan Derrick. "Middlemen of the Cameroons Rivers: the Duala and their Hinterland, c. 1600- c. 1960." International Journal of African Historical Studies 31.3. (1998): 638-640.
  • "Reviewed articles for a number of journals, including: Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa Insight, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Third World Studies and Africa Today."
  • Jeff Handmaker, Lee Ann de la Hunt and Johnathan Klaaren, eds. Advancing Refugee Protection in South Africa, New York: Berhahn Books, 2008, in African and Asian Studies, Vol. 8 (2009), pp. 341-342. 
  • Catherine Besteman. Transforming Cape Town, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008, in Africa Today, Volume 57, No. 4 (Summer 2011), pp. 131-132. 
  • Vincent B. Khapoya. The African Experience: An Introduction. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1994, in 21stCentury Afro Review, Vol. 1, no. 2 (Winter 1995), pp. 195-198.  
  • Julius Amin. The Peace Corps in Cameroon. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1992, in Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 1993), pp. 469-472. 

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • (12/03/2003). Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart St. Xavier High School.
  • (1997). Three series of five-week community education program for adults in the Avondale area organized by the Department of African American Studies and the College of Evening and Continuing Education. The focus of my presentation during these seminars was to educate adults on various topics of interest related to Africa.

Paper Presentations

  • (11/17/2007). A Review of Professor John M. Mbaku and his works. 25th Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, Lima, Peru.
  • (11/02/2006). Settlement Patterns and Role of Organizations among African Immigrants in the United States. 24th Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • (11/06/2003). Letters from Home: John Ngu Foncha and Grassroots Politics in Cameroon, 1955-1966. 21stAnnual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, Shreveport, LA.
  • (12/28/2002). Nationalism, Democratization and Political Opportunism in Cameroon. 20th Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • (03/01/2002). Colonial Policy and French Cameroonian Migration to the British Southern Cameroons. 22nd Annual Meeting of Indiana Association of Historians, Indianapolis, Indiana.