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Landry Signé

Landry Signé, PhD

Visiting Scholar 2013; Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2013

Not in Residence

Research Interests

Comparative politics; international affairs; African politics, with a focus on institutional and political change, governance, democratization, economic development, and business; the relationships between Africa and international actors.


Dr. Landry Signé is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, founding chairman of the award-winning Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, co-chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Research and Creative Activity and professor of political science at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), lecturer in emerging African markets at Stanford Continuing Studies, and adviser to global leaders on African affairs and development issues. He has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, an Archbishop Tutu Fellow, and named in the worldwide list of  “35 Africans Under 35” making a “substantial impact on critical African issues and international affairs.”

His research interest includes the political economy of development, political and institutional innovation, democratization, sustainable development goals, and emerging African markets. His work particularly focuses on the transformation of African economies, governance, political processes, development, policy implementation, and management of natural resources, explaining successful and failed trajectories. He has authored or co-authored more than 27 manuscripts (books, book chapters, articles, and ongoing working papers), 27 high-level strategic notes and policy briefs to global leaders, 50 conference and guest presentations, and 55 monitoring reports at the United Nations. His recent book, Le NEPAD et les institutions financières internationales en Afrique au 21e siècle [NEPAD and International Financial Institutions in Africa of the 21st Century] (L’Harmattan, 2013), received the Best International Book on Africa Award from TOUKI Montreal.

Dr. Signé has also won more than 38 prestigious international awards, fellowships, and recognitions from four continents bestowed by Heads of State, Governors, Chancellors, Governments, Media, Universities, and NGOs. He has been bestowed two UAA Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research and Creative Activity within his first year at UAA, and won the Stanford University (SUPD) Recognition Award for “exceptional contributions to the postdoc experience and major university policy changes.”

Dr. Signé was previously visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, and have taught at the Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISSEA-Yaoundé/Cameroon) and the universities of Montreal and Ottawa. He was educated in Cameroon (with honors and distinction), in France (valedictorian and salutatorian), earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Montreal (Award of Excellence and CÉRIUM Award for the Best International PhD Dissertation), and completed his Postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (Banting fellowship for the “best and brightest researchers internationally”). He is a frequent commentator and special adviser on issues of African governance, emerging markets, and economic development. His work has appeared in prestigious platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Harvard International Review.

Other Affiliations

Center for African Studies