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Jeff Rice is a Weinberg College Adviser and Senior Lecturer in History. He began his career at Northwestern in 1968 as an entering freshman and has been associated with the University in one way or another since then. After graduation he went on to begin graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, receiving a Masters Degree in African Studies after completing a dissertation entitled "Wealth Power and Corruption: A Study of Asante Political Culture." From there he returned to the History Department at Northwestern specializing in West African History. After a few years pursuing African History he left academia and became a full time bookseller at Great Expectations Bookstore (in Evanston) where he remained until its closure in 2001, eventually becoming its owner. During this time he continued to teach occasional courses at Northwestern in History as well as on the culture of publishing and bookselling.
He returned to Northwestern full time in 2001 teaching in the History Department and later becoming a Weinberg Adviser. His courses have included “West African History,” “Civil Wars in Africa,” “Africa in Fact, Fiction and Film,” “Africa From Optimism to Pessimism” and “The Politics and Paradixes of Humanitarian Aid in Africa as well as a number of popular Freshman Seminars such as “From Nationalism to Ethnic Cleansing.” Jeff was one of the organizers of the Major in African Studies which debuted in 2010, and is also on the Executive Board of the Program of African Studies.
His research interests focus on conflicts in Africa and Central Asia and the reemergence of some ideas of Indirect Rule which underlie the current approaches to counterinsurgency. Additionally he is looking at the use and misuse of ‘assessment’ in both the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Recently Jeff has been invited to examine 198 cartons of declassified material which was helicoptered off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon (1975) (in which he hopes to discover the preferred take out menus of the embassy staff).