Political Science

Faculty


Moses Tesi, Ph.D.
Professor


Education | Academic Appointments | Appointments at Research Institutions | Courses | Research | Public Service | Univerity Service at MTSU | Service to Professional Organizations | Grants/Honors/Awards | Publications | Work Address | Email | The African Studies Minor Program


Education

Academic Appointments

2001-present

 

Professor, Department of political science, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132, U.S.A.

2004

 

Director, African Studies Program
(Initiated the Creation of the Program)

2003

 

Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Dschang, CameroonAssociate Professor, Department of political science, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132, U.S.A.

1996-2001

 

Assistant Professor, Department of political science, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132, U.S.A.

1990-1996

 

Assistant Professor, Department of political science, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132, U.S.A.

1987

 

Assistant Professor, Prince Georges Community College Largo, Md.

1987

 

Instructor, Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA

1985

 

Teaching Assistant, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

1980-1984

 

Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University, Dept. of political science
Nashville, TN


Appointments at Research Institutions

since 1994

 

President, Institute on African Affairs, Responsibilities remained unchanged.
Accomplishments as Executive Director and President:

  • Initiated the Creation of the Journal of African Policy Studies in 1995 (it is today a leading publication in the area of African Public Policy).
  • Created the Distinguished Service Lecture and Outstanding Contribution to African Development Awards, with Hon. Robert McNamara former President of the World Bank as the first recipient in 1991.
  • Initiated the Institute's Annual Conference on African Policy Issues Program in 1991.
  • Initiated and implemented the Annual Conference on Trade and Investments in Africa in 1989.
  • Organized and coordinated the Institute's Two Main Annual Conferences (see section on conferences organized below).

1988-1992

 

Research Analyst, O'Connor Abell Inc, Arlington, VA


Courses

  • PS 1010: Foundations of Government
  • PS 3180: African Politics
  • PS 3190: Middle East Politics
  • PS 3210: International Relations
  • PS 4126: Contemporary Issues in World Affairs
  • PS 4510: International Political Economy

Research

01. Research in Progress

  • Democratic Dynamics and Ethno-Regionalism in Cameroon
  • Liberalization and Economic Management in Cameroon
  • Cameroon's Foreign Policy

02. Books, Book Chapters, and Journal Articles

  • Tesi Moses K., &quotCameroon's Endangered Environment: Economic Policy and Forest Loss," in Agenda Setting and Public Policy in Africa, ed. by Kelechi A. Kalu, Burlington, VT: Ashgate press, 2004
  • Tesi, Moses K., ed., The Environment and Development in Africa (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, Fall 2000).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotThe State of Environmental Research in Africa:," in The Environment and Development in Africa, Tesi, Moses K., (ed.) (Lanham: Md.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, Fall 2000).
  • Tesi Moses K., &quotConceptualizing Africa's Environmental Challenges: A Framework for Analysis," in The Environment and Development in Africa, Tesi, Moses K., (ed.) (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, Fall 2000).
  • Tesi Moses K., &quotThe Environment in Cameroon: Forest Resource Utilization, Forest Policy, and Forest Management," in Tesi, Moses K., (ed.) The Environment and Development in Africa (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, Fall 2000).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotKey to Addressing Africa's Environmental Challenges"; in Tesi Moses K., (ed.) The Environment and Development in Africa
    (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, Fall 2000).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotAfrica's Environmental Challenges: Deforestation and Development," in Sidiqqui, Rukhsana, (ed.) Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s: Challenges to Democracy and Development (Westport Conn.: Praeger, 1997).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotAfrican Policy World," Journal of African Policy Studies Vol. 1, No. 1, 1995.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotThe Socio-Economic and Cultural Dynamics of AIDS in Africa," Wisconsin ociologist Volume 30, Spring, 1993
  • Tesi, Moses K., 1992. &quotThe AIDS Epidemic in Africa: A National Security Issue," The African World, Fall, 1992.
  • Tesi, Moses K., 1991. &quotDemocratization and Development: Contrasting Views," ASA News, Oct. 1991.
  • Tesi, Moses K., 1990. &quotEconomic Dependence and Foreign Policy Compliance in Third World- First World Relations: Bringing Theory to Better Proximity With Reality," Journal of Third World Studies 7, No. 2 (Fall) 6-45.
  • Tesi, Moses K., 1987. &quotThe Africans: Myth or Reality?" A Current Bibliography on African Affairs 20, No. 1 (Nov.) 22-32; (Reprinted, in the Journal of Third World Studies 5, No 2 (Fall), 186-203
  • Tesi, Moses K. 1987. Review of Political Economy of Nigeria by Claude Ake. Journal of Third World Studies 4, No. 2 (Fall), 200-201

03. Reference Publications

  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotThe Democratic Republic of the Congo," in Global Perspectives on the United States Karen Christensen and David Levinson, editor, (Great Barrington, M.A., Berkshire Publishing Group, Forth coming).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotThe Ivory Coast," in Governments of the World, Neal Tate, editor, (Farming Hill, MI: Macmillan Thomson Gale Publishers, 2006).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotCoup d' Etat and Military Rule in Post Colonial Africa," Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington, editor, (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2005).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotAhmadou Ahidjo," Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington, editor (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2005).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotCommaunite Financier Africain" (CFA) Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington, editor, (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2005).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotSouthern African Development Community (SADC)" in Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington, editor, (New York: Routledge, Tayolor and Francis Publishers, 2005).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotOil in African Society," Encyclopedia of African History, Kevin Shillington, editor, (New York:: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2005).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotCote d' Ivoire," in Legal Systems of the World Vol. I, Herbert, M. Kritzer, editor, (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2002).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotRepublic of the Congo," in Legal Systems of the World, Vol. I, Herbert, M. Kritzer, editor, (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2002).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotNamibia", in Legal Systems of the World Vo.3, Herbert, M. Kritzer, editor (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2002).
  • Tesi Moses K., &quotForward" to J. Wagona Makoba's Government Policy and Private Enterprise Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1998).

04. Selected Conference Papers Presented, Discussed or Chaired

  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotConsolidating Dominant Party Rule in Cameroon," Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-14 November 2004.
  • Tesi, Moses K., United States Private Investments in Africa in an Age of Globalization, 13th Biannual Congress of the African Political Science Association, Yaounde, Cameroon, 19-21 June 2001.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Cameroon's Foreign Relations: A Critical Examination, 43rd Annual Conference of the Association of African Studies, November 16-19, 2000, Nashville, TN, U. S. A.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotEnvironmental Policy and Changes in Africa: A Case Study of Forest Utilization and Management in Cameroon," 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies, November 18-20, 1999, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Consolidating Elections in Cameroon, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 1998 Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Conceptualizing Africa's Environmental Concerns, 40th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, April 15-18, 1998, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Lessons of Democratization in Africa, A Preliminary Review, Western Social Association 39th Annual Conference, April 23-26, 1997, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Doing Business in the New Global Economy, Western Social Science Association 39th Annual Meeting, April 23- 26, 1997, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Africa's Environmental Challenges: Deforestation and Development, 23rd Annual Conference, Canadian Association of African Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, May 10-13, 1995.
  • Tesi, Moses K., The Struggle for Democracy and Unity in Cameroon African Studies Association, 36th Annual Meeting, Boston, December 4-7, 1993.
  • Tesi, Moses K., Political Transitions and Economic Liberalization in Africa, American Political Science Association, 89th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Sept. 2-5, 1993 (panel chair).
  • Tesi, Moses K., Forging a New Business Partnership: The African Market and U.S. Business, Western Social Science Association, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 1993.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotSocio-Economic and Cultural Dynamics of AIDS in Africa", Tennessee Political Science Association Annual Convention, April, 1993.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotTrade Union Militancy and Fragile Democracies in Africa", African-American Labor Center of the AFL- CIO Advanced Leadership Training Program, Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 1992. (Invited).
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotThe Politics of Economic Reform in Comparative Perspective", American Political Science Association, 88th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Sept. 3-6, 1992. (discussed).
  • Tesi, Moses, K., &quotDemocratic Change in Africa", World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., June 16, 1992.
  • Tesi, Moses, K., &quotThe Democratic Transition in Cameroon", African Studies Association, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov., 1991.
  • Tesi, Moses K., " Building Democracy in Cameroon", Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C., April 3, 1991.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotFacing the Challenge", Reflections on the Democratization Process in Cameroon, Kumba Presbyterian Secondary School Ex-Students Association Third Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August, 10, 1991.
  • Tesi, Moses K., &quotMarketing in Africa", Annual Symposium on Trade and Investments in Africa, October 1989, Baltimore, MD.

05. Selected Conferences Organized

  • May 15, 1997, Millennium Conference on Trade and Investments in Africa, New York, NY
    (sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs).
  • March 22-24 1994, Fourth Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, the program focused on assessing Africa's various environmental concerns with a view to seeking ways to put an end to the rapid deterioration of the continent's ecology. Participants came from the academic community, African and U.S. governments, international organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Feb. 24-26, 1993, Third Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Conference was sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs and brought together African Ministers of Health, Corporate executives, scholars, Health care professionals, officials of the U.S. government and various international organizations to explore various strategies to deal with Africa's Health problems.
  • April 23, 1992, Second Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, conference brought together policy analysts, researchers, statesmen and corporate executives to explore various mechanisms and strategies towards enhancing Africa's Competitiveness in the New World Order. Conference attracted over 400 participants.
  • Nov. 5, 1991, &quotThe Democratic Transition in Benin", Washington, D.C.
    Conference sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs to assess the nature of the transition from military rule to multiparty democracy in Africa and the lessons that could be learnt from it. Over 350 analysts, scholars and policy makers, including the new democratically elected President of Benin, Hon. Nicephor Soglo participated.
  • April 3, 1991, Inaugural Conference on African Policy Issues: Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, conference brought together policy analysts, researchers and policy makers to examine ways in which the Democratic Transition in Africa could be enhanced and encouraged. Conference attracted more than 500 participants. Featured Hon. Robert McNamara, former United States Secretary of Defense and former President of the World Bank as the Distinguished Lecturer.
  • June 18, 1990 The Liberian Crisis in Perspective Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs. Program featured scholars, analysts, policy practitioners, U.S. and Liberian government officials, including Liberian President Amos Sawyer, and dealt with the security and refugee issues pertinent to the Civil war in Liberia.
  • March 1990, &quotAfrica From Crisis to Sustainable Growth." Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, the conference assessed the issues and policy recommendations in the World Bank's study of the development problems facing Africa in the 1990s.
  • February 16 - March 14, 1989, &quotWomen in African Society." Seminar series
    sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs in Washington, D.C. to critically assess ways to better integrate women into the political, social and economic fabrics of African society.
  • October September 14 - October 19, 1988, &quotAfrican Politics and the Economy." Seminar series
    sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs in Washington, D.C. to generate new ideas and explore new strategies to deal with Africa's political and mounting economic problems.

Public Service

01. Media Appearance and Interviews

  • Channel 9 Television, &quotInside Academia Series on Africa - Cameroon," (Dr. Richard Hannah Producer, Middle Tennessee State University Learning Resources Center) Murfreesboro, TN October 7, 2004.
  • News Channel 5, Thursday August 21, 2003, (Discussed the Civil War in Liberia with former US Representative Bob Clement).
  • The Peoples and Cultures of Cameroon, Wednesday February 13, 2002, Erma Siegel Elementary School. This was an informational presentation to second, third and fourth graders about Cameroon.
  • Interviews on &quotWar Against Terrorism", The Daily News Journal, Thursday September 20, 2001. This was a lengthy interview in which I gave my insight as a professor of International relations on the recently declared war against terrorism by the Bush administration.
  • The Record, Middle Tennessee State University, January 24, 2000, &quotU. S. Response to African AIDS Epidemic.
  • Today's Response, Middle Tennessee State University, Various Issues, 1999 and 2000 Minority Business Entrepreneur, Volume 16, No. 6, 1999. (On The Clinton administration's new Investments in African Infrastructure projects).
  • Advisor, Centre Interafricain de Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur l'Ethnicité Yaoundé, Cameroon B.P. 8332, Yaounde, 1998 to present. This is a major Non Governmental Organization in Cameroon involved in the study of governance and democracy in the multiethnic society of Cameroon.
  • The Record, Middle Tennessee State University, September 22, 1997, on U.S. Business and Africa.
  • WHRT Channel 27, Murfreesboro, TN, September 4, 1997(Interview about Iraq's renewed military activities in the Middle East).
  • Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, TN, September 4, 1997 (Interview about Iraq's renewed military activities in the Middle East and U.S. response) Voice of America, Washington, D.C., February 24, 1993(Interview on Health Care and Development in Africa).
  • African News Weekly, Durham, North Carolina, March 2nd, 1993, (Interview on the Civil War in Sudan).
  • Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, TN., December 9, 1992 (Interview on U.S. Decision to send troops to Somalia to help secure humanitarian relief efforts).
  • WSM-Radio, Nashville, TN. December 9, 1992 (Interview on U.S. military efforts to save-guard relief supplies to Somalia).
  • WTVF-TV (Channel Five), Nashville, TN. December 6, 1992 (Interview on US military mission to save-guard relief supplies to Somalia).
  • Voice of America, October 23, 1992, Interview on State of U.S. Business Investments in AfricaVoice of America, April 23, 1992, Interview on Africa in the Changing Global Economy, Washington, D.C.
  • WHMM-Radio, Washington, D.C., April 5, 1991, News Interview on Democratic Changes and Development in Africa.
  • C-SPAN, April 3, 1991, Washington, D.C., Proceedings of Paper on Building Democracy in Africa.
  • Voice of America, April 3, 1991, Washington, D.C., Conference Presentation on Building Democracy in Africa.
  • WDCU-FM Radio, Washington, D.C., Oct. 1990, Cross Talk, Daily Talk Show Program. Appeared to Discuss Trade and Investments Issues Pertinent to African Development.

02. Student Organizations and Activities

  • 1994 to 2001, Faculty Mentor for minority students, University Mentoring Program, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 1994 to 1996, Faculty Adviser, MTSU Political Science Student Organization.
  • March 4, 1991, Judge for the Mock Trial of Saddam Hussein, MTSU Division of Student Affairs, University Housing Area II.

03. Guest Lectureships

  • Spring 2000, Guest Lecturer, Dr. John Please Class in Department of Psychology on Cultural Practices in Africa related to death.
  • Fall 1999, Lecture in African-American Minor Special Topic Course on &quotClass and Society in Africa," Ms. Bonnie Shipp instructor.
  • August 11, 1993, &quotU.S. Policy, Democratization, And Development: Rethinking the Strategy For Sustainable Change in Africa," American Cultural Center, Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon.
  • August 3, 1991, &quotReflections on Democratic Transition in Cameroon", Thirtieth Anniversary of Peace Corps Convention - Friends of Cameroon, Washington, D.C.
  • April 1988, &quotThe Informal Sector in Africa," Department of Sociology, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • December, 1986, &quotSocial Institutions in Cameroon," United States Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA.
  • 1998 Neighborhood Coordinator for the Diabetes Association's fund raising drive.

Univerity Service at MTSU

2002

 

Faculty Search Committee, Department of Political Science

2002

 

Faculty Search Committee, Department of Fine Arts

2001

 

Faculty Search Committee, Department of Fine Arts

2000

 

Political Science Departmental Curriculum Committee

2000

 

Black History Month Committee

1998-2000

 

Member and Chair, University Committee on International Programs and Services

1999

 

Faculty Recruitment Committee, Political Science Department

1998

 

Political Science Department Faculty Recruitment Committee

1996-Present

 

Faculty Committee, African-American Minor Program

1996-1997

 

Faculty Welfare Committee

1996-1999

 

Black History Month Committee

1993-1996

 

University Faculty Senate

1992-1995

 

Chair, Political Science Department Text Book Selection Committee, PS 122

1993-1996

 

National Security Educational Fellowship Committee

1990-1991

 

Departmental Recruitment Committee

1990-1993

 

African-American Minor Program Committee

Service to Professional Organizations

01. Editorial Service

  • 1996 to present Editor, The Journal of African Policy Studies

  • (I have guided the publication of six issues of the journal since taking over as editor).
  • 1994 to 1996 Managing Editor, Journal of African Policy Studies
  • 1990 to present Editorial Board, Journal of Third World Studies

02. Conferences Organized

  • May 15, 1997, Millennium Conference on Trade and Investments in Africa,
    New York, NY (sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs)
  • March 22-24 1994, Fourth Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, the program focused on assessing Africa's various environmental concerns with a view to seeking ways to put an end to the rapid deterioration of the continent's ecology. Participants came from the academic community, African and U.S. governments, international organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Feb. 24-26, 1993, Third Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Conference was sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs and brought together African Ministers of Health, Corporate executives, scholars, Health care professionals, officials of the U.S. government and various international organizations to explore various strategies to deal with Africa's Health problems.
  • April 23, 1992, Second Annual Conference on African Policy Issues, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, conference brought together policy analysts, researchers, statesmen and corporate executives to explore various mechanisms and strategies towards enhancing Africa's Competitiveness in the New World Order. Conference attracted over 400 participants.
  • Nov. 5, 1991, &quotThe Democratic Transition in Benin", Washington, D.C.
    Conference sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs to assess the nature of the transition from military rule to multiparty democracy in Africa and the lessons that could be learnt from it. Over 350 analysts, scholars and policy makers, including the new democratically elected president of Benin, Mr. Nicephor Soglo participated.
  • April 3, 1991, Inaugural Conference on African Policy Issues:
    Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, conference brought together policy analysts, researchers and policy makers to examine ways in which the Democratic Transition in Africa could be enhanced and encouraged. Conference attracted more than 500 participants.
  • June 18, 1990 The Liberian Crisis in Perspective
    Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs. Program featured scholars, analysts, policy practitioners, U.S. and Liberian government officials, including Liberian President Amos Sawyer, and dealt with the security and refugee issues pertinent to the Civil war in Liberia.
  • March 1990, &quotAfrica From Crisis to Sustainable Growth."
    Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs, the conference assessed the issues and policy recommendations in the World Bank's study of the development problems facing Africa in the 1990s.
  • February 16 - March 14, 1989, &quotWomen in African Society."
    Seminar series sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs in Washington, D.C. to critically assess ways to better integrate women into the political, social and economic fabrics of African society.
  • October September 14 - October 19, 1988, &quotAfrican Politics and the Economy." Seminar series
    sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs in Washington, D.C. to generate new ideas and explore new strategies to deal with Africa's political and mounting economic problems.

Grants/Honors/Awards

2003

 

Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Dschang, Cameroon

1998

 

Manuscript Preparation Grant, Middle Tennessee State University

1998

 

Faculty Travel Grant, Middle Tennessee State University

1996

 

Ford Foundation Grant $10,000

1993

 

Faculty Research Grant, Spring Semester, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

1992

 

Summer Faculty Research Grant, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

1991

 

Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, Presbyterian Secondary School Ex-Students Association-U.S.A.

1983

 

American Political Science Association Foreign Graduate Student Fellowship Award (Declined)

1982

 

Ethel Mae Wilson Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

   

Graduate Fellowship Award, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Chicago (Declined)

1976

 

Best Delegate Award, Model United Nations Competition Lock Haven State University, Haven, PA

1974-1977

 

Full Scholarship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Publications

Editor: Journal of African Politics



Work Address

Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Political Science
1301 East Main Street
P.O. Box X016
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615.898.5731