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John R. Heilbrunn

Associate Professor, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

John HeilbrunnJohn R. Heilbrunn (Ph.D. UCLA 1994) is Associate Professor and a Research Fellow at the University of Bordeaux’s laboratory, Les Afriques dans le Monde a unit of SciencesPo-Bordeaux (http://www.lam.sciencespobordeaux.fr/fr/page/chercheurs-associes). His research interests include the political economy of the extractive industries with an emphasis on oil exporting states in Africa, the extractive industries and emerging middle classes in low and middle income countries, the political economy of governance and anti-corruption, natural resources and development in Africa, political economic change in Africa, and French politics. The author of over 30 articles, reports, and chapters in edited volumes, Dr. Heilbrunn recently published Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2014). He is currently working on a new book project The Emerging Middle Class, the Extractive Industries, and Democracy in Africa.

An internationally recognized expert on governance and anti-corruption, Dr. Heilbrunn has a number of publications on governance and anti-corruption and has provided a consultative role for numerous governments in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa. He has served as a consultant to the United States Government, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the German GTZ (now GIZ), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, and a number of other development organizations. He is a board member of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (http://ispac.cnpds.org/static-18-executive-board-of-ispac.html).

Prior to joining the faculty at Mines, Dr. Heilbrunn was a Senior Public Sector Reform Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Vice-Presidency of the World Bank. In this position, he was co-coordinator of the anti-corruption thematic group and responsible for evaluation of compliance with the World Bank’s governance and anti-corruption strategy included in the business plan for each borrowing country. With global responsibilities, Dr. Heilbrunn represented the World Bank as a senior official on mission in over 30 different countries and four regions (AFR, EAP, ECA, and MENA).

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • Conflict Management and Development
  • Corruption and Development
  • Human Systems since 1500
  • Natural Resources and Development
  • Natural Resources and War in Africa
  • Natural Resources and Development in Africa

Scholarship – selected publications – monographs

  • 2014.  Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1997.  Markets, Profits and Power: The Politics of Business in Benin and Togo, Bordeaux: Centre d’Études d’Afrique Noire, SciencesPo-Bordeaux.

Selected Articles

  • 2015. Book review, Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, eds. The Emerging Middle Class in Africa (New York: Routledge, 2015) in International Journal of African Historical Studies (forthcoming).

Selected Chapters

  • 2015. Book review, Llewelyn Hughes, Globalizing Oil Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014) in Perspectives on Politics 13, 01.
  • ​2014. “The Middle Class and Political Stability: The Beninese Experience.” In Les classes moyennes et leur rôle sur la stabilité politico-sécuritaire des États d’Afrique subsaharienne, 127-153. Eds Dominique Darbon and Comi Toulabor. Paris: Éditions Karthala.

Selected Reports

  • 2014. “The Fight Against Corruption: The World Bank Debarment Policy.” In Preventing Corporate Corruption: The Anti-Bribery Compliance Model, 315-329. Eds. Stefano Manacorda, Francesco Centzone, and Gabrio Forti. New York: Springer.
  • 2013. “Non-Technical Drivers of Public Financial Management in Nigeria.” Report prepared for the World Bank, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Public Sector Governance Network and the Nigeria Country Team.
  • 2011. “Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Legitimacy, and Anti-Corruption Commissions.” In Fighting Corruption in Post-Conflict States, 201-217. Eds. Christine Cheng and Dominik Zaum. New York: Routledge.
  • 2009. “Globalization, Democracy, and Institutional Transfer to Africa.” In La politique des modèles en Afrique: Simulation, dépolitisation et appropriation, 15-35. Ed. Dominique Darbon. Paris: Karthala.
  • 2009. “L’Afrique et l’économie politique international.” In Le politique en Afrique : État des débats et pistes de recherche, 255-287. Eds. Mahammadu Gazibo and Céline Thiorot. Paris: Karthala.
  • 2007. “Equatorial Guinea and Togo: What Prize for Repression?” In Worst of the Worst: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue Nations, 221-249. Ed. Robert I. Rotberg. Brookings Institution Press.
  • 2007. Book Review, “Staffan Lindberg, Democracy and Elections in Africa.”  Comparative Political Studies (September): 1138-1141.
  • 2006. “Anti-Corruption Commissions.” In The Role of Parliament in Curbing Corruption, 135-147.  Eds Stapenhurst, Johnston, and Pelizzo. The World Bank.
  • 2006. “Togo: Political Repression and Clan Politics.”  African Contemporary Record, Vol. 28 (2001-2002): B225-B235.
  • 2006. “Paying the Price of Failure: Reconstructing Failed and Collapsed States in Africa and Central Asia, a Review Essay.”  Perspectives on Politics 4, 1 (March): 135-150.
  • 2005. “Togo: Dictatorship without a Dictator.”  WARA Newsletter (Spring).
  • 2005. “Oil and Water: Elite Politicians and Corruption in France.” Comparative Politics 37, 3 (April): 277-296.
  • 1995. “Une si petite démocratisation pour le Togo” with Comi M. Toulabor. Politique Africaine (Juin): 85-100
  • 1993. “Social Origins of National Conferences in Benin and Togo,” The Journal of Modern African Studies 31, 2 (June): 277-299


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