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Mahmood Mamdani

Herbert Lehman Professor of Government; Professor of Anthropology
School: 
International & Public Affairs, School of the Arts
Department: 
Anthropology Department
Office: 
401 Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9628, United States
Email: 
mm1124@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-4552
Appointments
  • Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
Biography

Mahmood Mamdani  received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

Research & Other Works
Article
An Automated Approach to Map Winter Cropped Area of Smallholder Farms across Large Scales Using MODIS Imagery
Article
Estimates of fire emissions from an active deforestation region in the southern Amazon based on satellite data and biogeochemical modelling
Article
Land-use dynamics influence estimates of carbon sequestration potential in tropical second-growth forest
Data from: Fragmentation increases wind disturbance impacts on forest structure and carbon stocks in a Western Amazonian landscape
Article
Is voluntary certification of tropical agricultural commodities achieving sustainability goals for small-scale producers? A review of the evidence
Article
Factors associated with long-term species composition in dry tropical forests of Central India
Article
Effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for reducing fires on oil palm concessions in Indonesia from 2012 to 2015
Article
Regional air quality impacts of future fire emissions in Sumatra and Kalimantan
Article
Public health impacts of the severe haze in Equatorial Asia in September-October 2015: demonstration of a new framework for informing fire management strategies to reduce downwind smoke exposure
Article
Fire emissions and regional air quality impacts from fires in oil palm, timber, and logging concessions in Indonesia
Article
Mapping Species Composition of Forests and Tree Plantations in Northeastern Costa Rica with an Integration of Hyperspectral and Multitemporal Landsat Imagery
Article
Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecosystem Change: an Overview
Article
Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Forest Transitions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales
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High-yield oil palm expansion spares land at the expense of forests in the Peruvian Amazon
Article
Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia
Article
Sensitivity of crop cover to climate variability: Insights from two Indian agro-ecoregions
Article
Winter crop sensitivity to inter-annual climate variability in central India
Article
Mapping cropping intensity of smallholder farms: A comparison of methods using multiple sensors
Article
El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia
Article
North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability
 
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