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07-30-2015

Clarkson University's S.N. Nyeck to Join International Board of Directors

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Political Science S.N. Nyeck has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of the Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD).

S.N. NyeckEarlier this summer, Nyeck attended a conference organized by CIMPAD in Livingstone, Zambia, and offered a master course in public procurement reform in Africa to an international audience of scholars, civil servants, and members of civil society organizations. Among the distinguished attendees was the vice president of Zambia, Inonge Wina. Nyeck was elected to the board during the conference.

The CIMPAD mission is to strengthen and promote public sector leadership and management in the sustainable development of communities throughout the African diaspora. This mission is achieved via the exchange of research and knowledge, ideas and proposals, experiences, and best practices among public/private professionals, NGOs and academicians.

Nyeck's research focuses on government outsourcing, sexuality and politics.

Her book Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship (McGill-Queens-University Press, 2013) recently received a positive review in the Washington Post. In the book, contributors critically engage with current debates about sexuality and gender identity, as well as with contentious issues relating to methodology, epistemology, ethics, and pedagogy in Africa.

Drawing from Nyeck’s insight, the reviewer contends, “the backlash against Western-promoted gay rights efforts in African countries suggests some rethinking. The growing group of African scholars and scientists studying sexual diversity in Africa might be the first people to invite such a conversation." The review can be read at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/07/10/why-im-not-calling-africa-homophobic-anymore .

Another positive review of Nyeck’s work appeared early this summer in African Affairs, the top journal in African studies.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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