Fegley, Randall

Associate Professor of History and Political Science
Office Phone: 610-396-6092
Office Location: Gaige, 312

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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.