S.N Nyeck

S.N Nyeck PhD
S.N Nyeck
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
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Profile Summary

S.N Nyeck (PhD, University of California Los Angeles) is generally interested in the political economy of development and the role that public procurement plays in transforming institutions and societies, African political history, and gender sexuality and politics.

Research Interests

  • Identity economics: I am interested in the ways in which our personal and collective sense of “who we are” impacts economic relations
  • Government outsourcing and human rights: is public procurement and public-private partnerships displacing or reinforcing human rights and the wellbeing of society especially vulnerable populations? How do we create a more accountable partnership between the public and the private sector while promoting socio-economic wellbeing? How can public procurement improve governance?
  • Gender, sexuality and politics: how is gender and sexual identity negotiated in contexts where human rights are contested? What are other mechanisms besides state-centered approaches that could foster inclusive and sustainable communities? How is the idea of individual freedom manifest in different socio-cultural and political contexts? How is gender and sexual identity subverted in otherwise well functioning institutions?
  • Strategic interactions: How do people and communities establish lasting relationships in a context of asymmetric power and inequalities? Under which circumstances contracting transforms economic and political inequalities for better or worse? How can technology enable sustainable development?

Teaching and Subject of Expertise

S.N. has expertise in the areas of comparative politics, international relations, African political development, LGBT activism, human rights, sexuality and politics, public procurement reform, government outsourcing/public-private partnerships, the political economy of globalization.

Current Projects

  • Completing a monograph about the contractual encounters between African polities and European early transnational firms and states from 1619 to 1919
  • Exploring the ways in which government purchasing power through public procurement may help promote human rights and the economic empowerment of marginalized groups
  • Thinking though localized frameworks and narratives for all-gender inclusivity drawing from Africanist cultural thought and practice such as animism

Peer-reviewed publications and research outputs

Books
Journal Guest Editor
  • Nyeck, S.N. and Orly Benjamin. Special issue “Women, Gender and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspectives” Wagadu: A Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies Journal, 2015
Articles
  • Nyeck, S.N. “Contractual Schemes in Africa’s Political Development: Conceptualizing Old Practices and Establishing Relevance with New Governance Models in the 21st Century” The European Legacy (forthcoming, 2016).
  • Nyeck, S.N. “African Religions, the Parapolitics of Discretion and Sexual Ambiguity in Oral Epics.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, no. 155 (2016): 88-104
  • Nyeck, S.N. and Orly Benjamin. “Women, Gender and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspectives” in Women and Government Outsourcing in Transnational Perspectives a special Issue of Wagadu: A Transnational Journal of Gender and Women’s Issues Vol. 14, 2015
  • Nyeck, S.N. “(Out)bidding Women: Public Procurement Reform, Policy Diffusion and Gender Equality in Africa.” in Women and Government Outsourcing in Transnational Perspectives a special Issue of Wagadu: A Transnational Journal of Gender and Women’s Issues Vol. 14, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Stretching the Margins and Trading Taboos: A Paradoxical Approach to Sexual Rights Advocacy in Africa.” in Sexuality and Politics: Regional Dialogue from the Global South edited by Sonia Corrêa, Rafael de la Dehesa and Richard Parker. Sexuality Policy Watch Vol. 1, (2014): 63-95
  • Nyeck, SN. “The Autobiography of Things Left Undone: Politics of Literature, Hyphenation and Queered Friendship in Africa.” Transcript Vol. 1, February (2011): 172-198
  • Nyeck, SN. “Critique de la Violence Sexuelle et l’Etat au Cameroun.” in New Perspectives on Sexuality in Africa (Special issue) Canadian Journal of African Studies Vol. 43, no. 1 (2009): 188-190
Book Chapters
  • Nyeck, SN. “Implicit Dimensions of Public Procurement Contracts: African History and Debates” in Public Procurement Reform and Governance in Africa. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016
  • Ekwekwuo, Chibuzo and S.N. Nyeck. “The Role of New Technologies of Communication and Social Audits in Procurement Monitoring” in Public Procurement Reform and Governance in Africa. New York: Palgrave, 2016
  • Nyeck, S.N. “Queer Fragility and Christian Social Ethics: A Political Interpolation of the Catholic Church in Cameroon.” in Christianity and Controversies in Contemporary Africa, edited by Ezra Chitando and Adriaan van Klinken. New York: Routledge, 2016
  • Nyeck, S.N. "To Be or Not to Be a Lesbian: The Dilemma of Cameroon's Women Soccer Players." In African Women Writing Resistance An Anthology of Contemporary Voices edited by Jennifer Browdy et al. University of Wisconsin Press, 2010

External Activites

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Clarkson University, NY 2013-2016

Public speaking and conference presentations
  • Nyeck, SN. “From Status to Contract: A Political Analysis of Treaty-Making in Africa 1620-1919” in the panel The Global Diffusion of Economic Ideas and Policies, IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, Poland. July 11, 2016
  • Nyeck, SN. “Queer Fragility and Christian Ethics: A Political Interpolation of the Catholic Church in Cameroon” public lecture, Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, UK. June 15-16, 2016
  • Nyeck, SN. “Embedding Queer Rights in Africa: The Premises of a Dialogical Approach to Advocacy” public lecture, University of Washington & Lee, VA. April 1, 2016
  • Nyeck, SN. “(Out)bidding Women: Public Procurement Reform Diffusion and Gender Equality in Africa” Association of African Women for Research and Development conference, Dakar, Senegal. December 7-9, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “How the US is Not Evolving Towards Africa: Critical Estrangement in USAID New Global LGBT Development Public-Private Partnerships” African Studies Conference, San Diego, California. November 19-22, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Ideal of Public Procurement Reform and Governance Challenges in Africa: A Comparative Survey of Legislations and Practices” Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development conference. Livingstone, Zambia. June 22-26, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Contractual Schemes in Africa’s Political Development: Conceptualizing Old Practices and Establishing Relevance with New Governance Models in the
  • 21st Century” General Assembly Meeting of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal. June 6-12, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Women of Faith, Women of Doubt” Panelist at the UN Commission on the Status of Women; Panel Organized at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. March 13, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Toasted Rights and Baked Freedoms: A Reflection on the Paradoxes of Queer Advocacy in Africa” presented at The State of Art of Sexuality Research in Africa Conference, Naivasha, Kenya. Feb. 15-19, 2015
  • Nyeck, SN. “Incomplete Contracting and State Formation in Africa 1620-1919.” Practices of Order: Colonial and Imperial Projects Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. January 28-30
  • Nyeck, SN. “Human Sexuality, Religion and Equality,” a presentation at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. August 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. The Means and Ends of the State: Negotiable Sovereignty in Historic State Systems, a panel in collaboration with Ariel Salzmann (Canada). Social Science History Association, Toronto, Canada. November 6-9, 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. “Incomplete Contracting and State Formation in Africa 1629-1919,” a paper prepared for the Social Science History and Association, Toronto, Canada. November 6-9, 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. “Government Outsourcing in Africa,” Public lectures in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. August 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. “Government Contract Valuation: A Comparative Analysis of Firm-Level Evidence in Manufacturing and Services,” a paper presented at the New York Association of African Studies conference, New York. April 4-5, 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. “Sexual Rights Advocacy in Africa: A Glass Full or Empty?” a paper presented at the African Studies Center Speaker Series at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. January 29th, 2014
  • Nyeck, SN. Public Procurement Reform in Africa: History, Regulation, and Practice a panel organized at the African Studies Association conference in Baltimore, USA. November 21-24, 2013
  • Nyeck, SN. “A Political Theology and Eschatology of Imported and Exported Homophobia in Africa,” a paper presented at the African Studies Association conference in Baltimore, USA. November 21-24, 2013
  • Nyeck, SN. “Government Spending in Developing Countries: What Don’t We Know about Public Procurement?” a paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference, Chicago, USA. August 30th, 2013
  • Nyeck, SN. “A Political Theology and Eschatology of Imported and Exported Homophobia in Africa,” a paper presented at the African Studies Association conference in Baltimore, USA. November 21-24, 2013
  • Nyeck, SN. “Public Procurement ‘Revolution’: Does Politics Matter?” Midwest Political Science Association Annual conference in Chicago, USA. April 11-14, 2013
  • Nyeck, SN. “The Fiscal-Military Origin of Procurement Contracts: A Reappraisal of the ‘Revolutionary’ Thesis,” a paper prepared for the Fifth International Public Procurement conference in Seattle, USA. August 17-19, 2012
  • Nyeck, SN. “Accounting for Paradoxical Emptiness in Contentious Intersections: ‘Colonial Blackmail,’ Token Causation and Sexuality in Africa,” a paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference in Washington D.C., USA. September 2-5, 2010
  • Nyeck, SN. “International Trade Cooperation, Hierarchy and Political Coordination in the Periphery: The Case of Incomplete Contracts in Africa 1651-1919,” a paper presented at the Association of Private Enterprise Education in Las Vegas, USA. April 2010
  • Nyeck, SN. “ ‘The Dependent-Variable Problem’ of the Colonial State: Conceptual Stretching and Discontent in Development Studies,” a paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference in Toronto, Canada. September 3-6, 2009
  • Nyeck, SN. “Assessing Obsolescing Bargain in Middlemen’s Contracts: Uncertainty and Home Base Factors in Kamerun-German Encounters in 1880s,” a paper presented at the Association of Private Enterprise Education, Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala. April 5-7, 2009

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