Douglas Yates, Ph.D.

Professor, Member of the Academic Committee

Fields of expertise

  • African politics

  • Politics of Oil

  • Anglo-American Law

  • Franco-American Foreign Affairs

  • French Politics

  • Comparative Electoral Studies

  • Democracy Building

  • International Conflict

  • Research methods and methodology


  • B.A. Law & Society, U.C. Santa Barbara

  • M.A. Political Science, Boston University

  • Ph.D. Political Science Boston University

Other Current Posts

  • Associate professor, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France



  • The Scramble for African Oil: Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa's Natural Resources (London: Pluto Press, 2012)

  • The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines in Africa (Trenton/Asmara: Africa World Press, 2009)

  • Historical Dictionary of Gabon, 3rd ed., co-authored with David Gardinier (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow-Press, 2006)

  • Oil Policy in the Gulf of Guinea: Security & Conflict, Economic Growth, Social Development co-edited with Rudolf Traub-Merz (Bonn: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2004)

  • The Rentier State in Africa: Oil Rent Dependency and Neocolonialism in the Republic of Gabon (Trenton/Asmara: Africa World Press, 1996)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “Modern Dynastic Rule,” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Sandy Maisel, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers): all annual editions of the Africa Yearbook since 2004

  • “The Rise and Fall of Oil-Rentier States in Africa,” in J. Andrew Grant, W.R. Nadège Compaoré & Matthew I. Mitchell, eds. New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

  • “Port-Gentil: From Forestry Capital to Energy Capital,” in Joseph A. Pratt, Martin V. Melosi & Kathleen A. Brosnan, Energy Capitals: Local Impact, Global Influence (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014)

  • “France, the EU, and Africa,” in Adekeye Adebajo & Kaye Whiteman, The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa (London: Hurst & Co. 2012)

  • “Oil, Rebel Movements and Armed Conflict in Africa,” in Alain Beltran, ed. Oil and War/Le pétrole et la guerre (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2012)

  • “Democracy and Authoritarianism in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Richard Valelly, ed. OBO-0302.R1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

  • “Evaluating Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” in Jamila Abubakar, Kenneth Omeje & Habu Galadima, eds. Conflict of Securities: Reflections on State and Human Security in Africa (London: Adonis & Abbey, 2010)

  • “Life Stories and Family Histories of the French Oil Industry,” in Alain Beltran, ed. A Comparative History of National Oil Companies (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2010)

  • “UNESCO in Africa,” in Adekeye Adebajo, ed. From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations, with a forward by Boutros-Boutros Ghali (Scottsville, South Africa: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2009)

  • “French Puppet, Chinese Strings: Gabon and China,” in Kweku Ampiah & Sanusha Naidu, eds. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World’s Next Superpower (Cape Town/Scottsville: Center for Conflict Resolution/University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2008)

  • “The Resource Curse Thesis,” in Max Liniger-Goumaz, Guinea Ecuatorial: Bibliografía General, Vol. XV (Geneva: Editions du Temps, 2007)

  • “Chinese Oil Interests in Africa,” in Garth le Pere, ed. China in Africa: Mercantilist Predator, or Partner in Development? (Midrand/Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue/South African Institute of International Affairs, 2006)

  • “France, Britain and the United States,” in Adekeye Adebajo & Ismail Rashid, eds., West Africa Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region (Boulder: Lynne Riener, 2004)

  • “Neo-Petromonialism in Gabon,” in Andreas Mehler & Matthias Basedau, eds., Resource Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa (Hamburg: Institute of African Affairs, 2004)

  • “France’s Elf Scandals,” in Gerald Caiden, O.P. Dwivedi & Joseph Jabbra, Where Corruption Lives (Bloomfield CT: Kumarian Press, 2001)

  • “The United States, France and Equatorial Guinea,” in Luis Ondo Ayang, Mélanges Euro-Africains (Madrid: Claves Para El Futuro, 2001)

Articles in scholarly journals

  • Review of John Heilbrunn, Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa,Journal of Modern African Studies Vol. 53 No. 1 (March 2015)

  • Review of Judith Scheele, Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics & Community in Kabila, Algeria, Africa Review of Books (March 2011)

  • Review of Sarah Raine, China’s African Challenges, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 3 (2010)

  • “The French Connection”, Global Dialogue, Vol. 13.1 (Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue, March 2008)

  • “The Scramble for African Oil,” South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter/Spring (2006)

  • Review of Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds), The New Imperial Challenge: Socialist Register 2004,New Political Science, Vol. 26, No. 3 (2004)

  • Review of Daniel Lindenberg, Le rappel à l’ordre: Enquête sur les nouveaux réactionnaires New Political Science, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2003)

  • Review of Ali Rahnema, An Islamic Utopian: A Political Biography of Ali Shari’ati , New Political Science, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2001)

  • “L’aide au développement international: réformes en France, en Grande-Bretagne et aux Etats-Unis,” Revue Française de Géoéconomie, no. 12 (Paris: Economica, 2000)

  • Review of Jacques Derrida, La Contre Allée, New Political Science, Vol. 22, No. 3 (2000)

  • Review of Pierre Bourdieu, La Domination Masculine, New Political Science, Vol. 21, No. 4 (1999)

  • “Oil and the Franco-American Rivalry,” L’Afrique Politique 1997 (Paris: Karthala, 1998)

Conference papers

  • University of Cambridge, “French Military Intervention in Africa,” 26th Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of the UK, Cambridge, England (8 Sep 2016)

  • London School of Economics, “Modern Dynastic Rule in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,” Kuwait Program, London, England (17 Oct 2015)

  • German Development Institute, “Scramble for African Oil,” 13th Annual Global Governance School, Bonn, Germany (10 Sep 2015)

  • University of Kassel, “Scramble for African Oil,” Oil Rents and Politics Workshop, Kassel, Germany (13 Dec 2013)

  • Institut Français du Proche-Orient, “Ethnicity, Violence and Oil Rent in Gabon,” Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq (8 Oct 2013)

  • Center for Conflict Resolution, “French Peacekeeping Role in Africa,” Stellenbosch, South Africa (30 Aug 2013)

  • Voronezh State University, “The Guéant Memorandum: What Are the Effects on Internationalization of Higher Education?” Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (GAUC), Voronezh, Russia (25 May 2012)

  • Xi’an International University, “Evaluation of Educational Reforms in France: Better Climate for International Partners?” Global Advancement of Private Universities and Colleges (GAPUC) Xi’an, China (29 May 2011)

  • Chatham House, “Resolving Governance Challenges,” at Conference on Oil Politics in Africa, St. Mary’s Guild Hall, University of Coventry, England (16 Nov 2011)

  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, “History of Gabon,” Ambassadorial Seminar, Army/Navy Club, Washington D.C. (4 Oct 2010)

  • United States Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Youth Engagement in the Political Process,” Conakry, Guinea (16-21 Aug 2009)

  • International Political Science Association, “Enhancing Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” 21st World Congress of Political Science, Santiago, Chile (12-16 July 2009)

  • South African Institute of International Affairs, “Enhancing Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” Governance of African Resources Project (GARP), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (22-29 Nov 2008)

  • Centre for Conflict Resolution, “Gabon and China,” Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World’s Next Superpower, Policy Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa (17-18 Sept 2007)

  • Centre for Conflict Resolution, “France, Britain, & China: Good Samaritans?” Africa’s Responsibility to Protect/Policy Advisory Group Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa (23-24 April 2007)

  • United States Department of Defense, Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, “Strengths and Weaknesses of China/US Approaches to Africa: Resource Development and Trade,” China in Africa Today Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (6-7 March 2007)

  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, “China’s Interests in African Oil,” Arlington, Virginia (4 Dec 2006)

  • United States Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “The Coming Generation: How Young Political Leaders Can Influence Their Country’s Future,” Nouakchott, Kaedi & Kiffa, Mauritania (28 Oct – 3 Nov 2006)

  • International Political Science Association, “The Scramble for African Oil.” 20th World Congress, Fukuoka, Japan (9-13 July 2006)

  • World Association for Island Studies, “A Tale of Two Islands: Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé & Príncipe.” 6th Peace Island Forum, Jeju Island, South Korea (5-7 July 2006)

  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Institute for Global Dialogue, “Chinese Oil Interests in Africa,” Johannesburg (15-22 Oct 2005)

  • International Political Science Association, “The Scramble for African Oil.” Research Committee 49, Globalization or Imperialism? Oxford University (2-4 July 2004)

  • Heinrich Böll Foundation. “Oil and Poverty,” Conference on Transparency and Oil-Exporting Countries in Africa and Central Asia. Berlin (27-28 May 2004)

  • French Ministry of Finance and Economy, “La génération de la Croix de Guerre,” Comité pour l’Histoire Economique et Financière de la France. Paris (10 February 2004)

  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), “Life Stories and Family Histories of the French Oil Industry,” Institut d’Histoire du Temps Present. Paris (27-28 November 2003)

  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, “Changing Patterns of Direct Foreign Investment in the Gulf of Guinea.” Yaoundé, Cameroon (29 Sept – 5 Oct 2003)

  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, “Oil States in Francophone Africa,” Conference on Oil in the Gulf of Guinea. Berlin (4-5 June 2003)

  • Transparency International, “The Elf Scandals,” 11th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference. Seoul, South Korea (24-27 May 2003)

  • Catholic Relief Services. “The Theory of the Rentier State and Poverty Alleviation,” Extractive Industries Initiative Workshop. Kribi, Cameroon (April 2002)

  • International Peace Academy/ECOWAS, “France, Britain and the United States,” Pax Africana: Building Peace in a Troubled Region. Abuja, Nigeria (21-29 September 2001)

  • Institut fuer Afrika-Kunde, “Role of Elf in African Oil Exporting Countries and Europe,” Hamburg, Germany (18 January 2001)

  • United States Information Service, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Democracy and Elections.” Cotonou, Benin & Lomé, Togo (13-22 October 2000)

  • American Political Science Association. “A Qualitative Analysis of French Political Cartoons,” 96th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Washington, D.C. (31 August-3 September 2000)

  • United States Information Service, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Democracy and Elections,” Dakar, Senegal & Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (15-26 May 2000)

  • Sorbonne (University of Paris), “Clinton v New York: The Separation of Powers and the Legislative Veto,” Anglo-Saxon Law Graduate Program, Paris (5 November 1999)

  • American Political Science Association, “Clinton v Jones: The Monicagate Affair,” 95th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Atlanta (2-5 September 1999)

  • American Political Science Association, “The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines,” 94th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Boston (3-6 September 1998)




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