Peter J. Schraeder is an associate professor in the department of political science at Loyola University Chicago. He specializes in international relations theory and comparative foreign policy, especially as both of these fields relate to Africa. He was born June 2, 1961.
Schraeder's undergraduate work was in the fields of international studies and French, receiving the Diplome Annuel from the Sorbonne (Paris, France) in June 1982 and a B.A. from Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) in December of that same year. He did his graduate work in the field of international studies (with regional specialization of African studies) at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina). He received the M.A. in 1986 and the Ph.D. in 1990 and spent the 1989-90 academic year as a visiting scholar with the African Studies Program at Northwestern University.
He is a member of several professional organizations, including the African Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association.
Dr. Schraeder's academic training has been complemented by extensive field experience in 24 African countries. In addition to teaching and carrying out research in 1985 at Somali National University in Mogadishu, Somalia, he worked during 1987 as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti as part of a special program for scholars sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs. Dr. Schraeder also gave a series of lectures during the summers of 1990 and 1991 on U.S. foreign policy toward Africa to various audiences in Benin, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Somalia as part of the American Participant Program sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency. Most recently Dr. Schraeder spent the 1994-95 and 1995-96 academic years as a Fullbright lecturer and researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.
In addition to publishing numerous articles in such diverse journals as Africa Today, African Affairs, African Studies Review, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Politics, Middle East Review, Northeast African Studies, Politique Africaine, Third World Quarterly, TransAfrica Forum, and World Politics, Dr. Schraeder has published several books. He is the author of United States Foreign Policy Toward Africa: Incrementalism, Crisis and Change (1994), which was published by the International Relations Series of Cambridge University Press, the editor of Intervention into the 1990s: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Third World (1992), the author of Djibouti (1991), and the co-author of Somalia (1988) and Cameroon (1986).
Dr. Schraeder is currently working on three projects: an African politics textbook, African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation (forthcoming 1998 with the College Division of St. martin's Press): an edited volume, Can Democracy Be Exported? The Foreign Dimension of Democratization, as director of an international project on democratization; and a series of journal articles on the nature and evolution of U.S., French, and Japanese economic competition in Africa in the post-Cold War era.