Cultural Studies Faculty and Staff
Assistant professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; Global Focus coordinator
Hometown : Dakar, Senegal
Joined Chatham : 2007
Academic Areas of Interest
Mythological dimensions of political power in West Africa; political philosophy and neo-marxism in the global arena; historiography of conflict; international education.
Personal Areas of Interest
Trends in “global culture”, mythology, philosophy, social anthropology, élite vs. people’s power, political activism, basketball, soccer, bass guitar.
DR. JEAN-JACQUES SÈNE is Assistant Professor of History, Cultural, and Conflict Studies. He also coordinates the Global Focus program. In his native Senegal, he spearheaded a number of community development initiatives with the regional bureaus of UNICEF and UNESCO in the late 1980s-early 1990s. His doctoral dissertation (Université de Rennes 2 Haute Bretagne, Brittany, France, 1999) explored the patterns of survival of ancient myths and rituals in post-colonial Africa, and how they can help establish the matrix of a new social consciousness to meet the global challenges of today. He has lived and worked in Japan and the Netherlands. Dr. Sène also holds a degree in Social Anthropology (Paris XIII), and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (Duquesne University, 2001). His current research focuses on myth, religion, power, sub-regional integration programs in West Africa, the African renaissance movement, and neo-Marxist movements in the global arena. Jean-Jacques is married to a compatriot, Valerie. They are raising 2 young girls in Squirrel Hill.
- MA Program in Social and Public Policy program; Certificate in Conflict Resolution, 2001
- Ph.D. , Universite de Rennes II- Haute Bretagne, 1999
- Post Masters program in Social Anthropology ,1997
- Master’s Degree in Literatures and Civilizations of the English-speaking world, Suma cum Laude, 1990
- The Ontogenesis of Free Men in the Faso, The International Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution, Blackwell (2009)
- Mali: The Most Evocative Name in Occidental Africa, The International Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution, Blackwell (2009)
- (seeking publisher-article) Cheikh Anta Diop:Trajectory for the Restoration of Historical Consciousness in Black Africa
- (seeking publisher -article) SENEGAL: Neocolonial pathos and self-serving political class
- (book-long manuscript) Mythologies of Power in West Africa
- (working paper) The End of the End of History in Our Times: Naxal, Cabral, San Cristobal, and Nepal
- Bother Gregory Nugent EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD (2006-2007). LaRoche College.
- Consultant, Refugee Resettlement Project, Mesites Foundation/Mediators Beyond Borders (since 2007)
- Helped set up, help administering the Center for the Study of Conflict at CU
- Coordinates the campus-wide Global Focus program (2007-present)
- Who’s Who in American Higher Education, (2005).
- Most-Influential Educators in Western Pennsylvania Nominee, 2005.
- Special Scholar’s Visit Program, Wabash College, IN. (Fall 2004)
- Access Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. (Fall 2004)
- Black Achiever 2004: Black Opinion Magazine Award Recipient (Pittsburgh –PA) 2004
- Pennsylvania State Delegate to the Africa Summit (2000), Washington DC,.
- Libermann Scholarship for Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (1999) Duquesne University
- Government of Senegal Ph.D. candidate awardee for international scholarship (1993)
- Wood Badge (International Leader): World Scout Organization (1990)– Geneva, Switzerland
- Youth Leader Scholarship award: National Assembly for Youth Development (1989) - Japan
- Societies & Cultures concentration instructor, Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, (since 2000)
- The End of the End of History in Our Times: Naxal, San Cristobal, Cabral, Nepal. University of Hyderabad, India. August 2008
- Africa in Conflict: Transformation or Recovery? World Affairs Council Summer Seminar on World Affairs (Pittsburgh, PA), June 2008
- The End of the End of History in West Africa, Africa Research Group, West Virginia University, April 2008
- Justice for Oppressed Peoples, Global Problems Global Solutions conference, LaRoche College, October 2007