Fegley, Randall

Randall Fegley
Associate Professor of History and Political Science
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    A political historian at Penn State Berks College, Randall Fegley teaches courses in African, European and Middle Eastern history, ethnic conflict in Africa and international law. Joining the Penn State system in 1988, he specializes in the study of mass trauma, especially long-term conflicts, gross human rights violations and prolonged disasters in Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan. He lived, taught and completed Ph.D. research in Sudan from 1980 to 1984 and has returned to work there and in other African countries numerous times. In November 2003, he received Penn State Berks’ Beaver Community Service Award for restoring schools in war-torn Kajo Keji County as part of a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. He has been particularly active in the Sudan Studies Association, the leading scholarly organization on Sudan. Host of the SSA’s 22nd annual conference in May 2002 and a member of the association’s board from 2003 to 2007, he has also served as the organization’s president and executive director. As the coordinator of Penn State’s four-year degree program in Global Studies, he set up internship programs in Rwanda and India. His published works have examined Rwandan, Sudanese, Belgian and Equatorial Guinean political history, genocide, the mythologies that perpetuate conflicts, elections and governance in post-trauma societies; and the rehabilitation of former slaves and child soldiers.


    The Mythmakers' Victims: A History of Rwandan Identity and Trauma (First). Lanham MD: Lexington, 2016.

    Beyond Khartoum Trenton NJ: Red Press, 2011.

    The Golden Spurs of Kortrijk. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2002.

    Eritrea. Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1995.

    Rwanda. Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1993.

    The Congo. Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1993.

    Equatorial Guinea. Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1991.

    Equatorial Guinea: An African Tragedy. Bern and New York: Peter Lang, 1989.

    “Redivision Reconsidered” in Sudan’s Wars and Peace Agreements, Beswick, Stephanie; Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn; Lobban, Richard & Spaulding, Jay (eds.) Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2010

    “Death's Waiting Room: Slavery's Long History in Equatorial Guinea” and “Bound by Violence: The Child Soldiers of Northern Uganda” in African Systems of Slavery, Beswick, Stephanie & Spaulding, Jay (eds.), Lawrenceville NJ: Africa World Press, 2010.

    “’abd”, “Fernando Po and São Tomé and Principe”, “Francis Bok”, “Francisco Macías Nguema”, “National Islamic Front”, “Rehabilitation Programs for Former Slaves”, The Social Reintegration of Former Slaves”, “Sudan”, “Sudan Peace Act”, “Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement”, & “Hassan al Turabi”, entries in Rodriguez, Junius (ed.,) Slavery in the Modern World, Santa Barbara: Clio Press, forthcoming in July 2009.

    “Local Needs and Agency Conflict: A Case Study of Kajo Keji County, Sudan” - A journal article manuscript on NGO activities in southern Sudan. –submitted to African Studies Quarterly in October 2008, which responded noting changes required in November 2008, revised, re-submitted and accepted for Fall 2009 issue.

    “Comparative Perspectives on the Rehabilitation of Ex-Slaves and Former Child Soldiers with Special Reference to Sudan” African Studies Quarterly (University of Florida) Vol. 10, Issue 1, Spring 2008. 16 pages (http://www.africa.ufl.edu/asq/v10/v10i1a2.htm)

    “The UN Human Rights Commission: The Equatorial Guinea Case,” The Human Rights Quarterly. Vol. 3 No. 1. February 1981. pp. 34-47.


    B.A., Political Science and History, Bloomsburg University

    M.A., European Political Studies, University of Leicester (UK)

    Ph.D., Politics, University of Reading (UK)