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Landry Signé, PhD  
Visiting Scholar 2013, Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2013 (former)

Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055


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.


Landry Signé is a recipient of the 2011-2013 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada hosted by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He is working on a project entitled “The Efficiency of the Political Responses to the Global Financial and Economic Crisis in Africa: Does the Political Regime and Economic Structure Matter?”. He completed his PhD in Political Science (2010), with the Award of Excellence, at the University of Montreal, and has been bestowed the Award for Best International PhD Dissertation of 2011 by the Center for International Studies and Research (CÉRIUM). His dissertation is entitled “Political Innovation: The Role of the International, Regional and National Actors in the Economic Development of Africa”.

Prior to joining the CDDRL, Dr. Signé was a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center on African Studies, lecturer on Emerging African Markets: Strategies, Investments and Government Affairs at the Stanford Continuing Studies, founding president of a Canadian corporation specialized in public affairs and business development, part-time professor and lecturer in political science at Ottawa University and the University of Montreal, administrator at the United Nations Association of Canada-Greater Montréal, and president of the Political Commission of Montreal-CJ. He has worked or interned at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, the Senate of France, the National Assembly of Cameroon, and the French Distributor, Casino Group. He studied Political Science, International Relations, Communication and Business at the University of Montreal, Lyon 3 University, Sciences Po Paris, Sandar Institute, Stanford Continuing Studies, and McGill University.

Dr. Signé has received numerous grants, distinctions and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Center for International Studies and Research, the University of Montreal, the Québec Fund on Society and Culture among others. His work has been published in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, and the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. His research interests include the politics, international relations, political economy and business of Sub-Saharan Africa.