Dennis Galvan
University of Oregon

Vice Provost for International Affairs
Professor, International Studies & Political Science
Co-Director, Global Oregon Initiative


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Selected Publications

Everyday Nation Building: Creativity, Culture and Political Community in Senegal and Indonesia, under review with advance contract from University of Pennsylvania Press.
Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation, Dennis Galvan and Rudra Sil, eds., New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.
The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal, 2004, University of California Press, winner of the 2005 Best Book Award from the African Politics Conference Group.

"Market Liberalization as a Catalyst for Ethnic Conflict in Senegal and Indonesia,” revise and resubmit at Comparative Politics.
"Styles of Creative Syncretism: How the Weak and Powerful Change Institutions," in Gerald Berk, Dennis Galvan, Victoria Hattam, eds., Unstructuring Politics: New Perspectives on Institutional Change, chapter accepted for inclusion in volume currently under review at University of Pennsylvania Press.
"Eating the Nation, Shitting the Transnational,” in Jie-Hyun Lim and Kyung-Whan Oh, eds., Mapping the Transnational, chapter accepted for inclusion in volume currently under review at Berghahn Books, New York.
“Grands Travaux and Petits Cadeaux: Public Works and Private Materialism in the 2007 Re-election of Wade in Senegal,” in Vincent Foucher, ed., Le Sénégal de Wade, Paris: Karthala Press, forthcoming 2011.
“Precarious Hopes: Labor Remittances, Family Investments and the Effects of the Global Economic Crisis in Senegal,” in Rana Behal, Alice Mah and Babacar Fall, eds., Global History and the Sociology of Work: Perspectives from Europe, Africa and Asia, Berlin: LIT Verlag, forthcoming 2011.
“Everyday Transnationalism and the Postcolony in West Africa,” Development and Society,December 2010.
“Climate Change Effects in the Mano River Union (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone),” with Brian Guy, in Dan Moran, ed., Climate Change and Regional Security, Georgetown University Press, 2010, manuscript pp. 320-333.
“Everyday Cultural Politics, Syncretism and Cultural Policy,” in J.P. Singh, ed., International Cultural Policies and Power, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010, pp. 203-213.
"How People Experience and Change Institutions: A Field Guide to Creative Syncretism,” with Gerald Berk, Theory and Society, 38, 2009, pp. 543–580.
"The Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Senegal, February and June 2007," Electoral Studies, 28:3, September 2009, pp. 492-496.
"Syncretism and Culturally Sustainable Development in Africa and Beyond,” African Prospective, 2007, pp. 19-32.
“Syncretism and Local Level Democracy in Rural Senegal," in Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space, in Galvan and Rudra Sil, eds, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, pp. 33-60.
"The Dilemma of Institutional Adaptation and the Role of Syncretism," with Rudra Sil, in Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space, in Galvan and Rudra Sil, eds, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, pp. 3-29.
“The Social Reproduction of Community-Based Development: Syncretism and Sustainability in a Senegalese Farmer’s Association," Journal of Modern African Studies, March 2007, 45:1, pp. 1-28.
"Joking Kinship as a Syncretic Institution," Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines, 2006, XLVI (4):183-184, pp. 809-834.
"Neo-traditionalism" in Mark Bevir, ed., Encyclopedia of Governance (Sage: 2006), pp. 599-601.
"Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Resource Management through Institutional Syncretism in Madagascar and Senegal," with Richard Marcus, in Hans Bressers and Walter Rosenbaum, eds., Achieving Sustainable Development: The Challenge of Governance across Social Scales (Praeger, 2003), pp. 135-164.
"Political Turnover and Social Change in Senegal," Journal of Democracy, July 2001, pp. 51-62.
“Institutional Syncretism and the Articulation of Modes of Production in Rural Senegalese Land Tenure Relations,” African Rural and Urban Studies, 4:2-3, 1997, pp. 59-98
“The Market Meets Sacred Fire: Land Pawning as Institutional Syncretism in Inter-War Senegal,” African Economic History, 25, 1997, pp. 9-41. “
Freehold Becomes Pawning: Adapting Colonial Property Relations in the Siin Region of Senegal,” in Afrique Occidentale Française: réalités et héritages: Sociétés ouest-africaines et ordre colonial, 1895-1960 (Dakar, Senegal, Direction des Archives du Sénégal, 1997), pp. 907-942.
“Sub-Saharan Africa (A Review of Progress Toward Democracy),” with Larry Diamond, in Robert Wesson, ed., Democracy: A Worldwide Survey (Praeger, 1988), pp. 73-111.