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McNair Scholar 2010Lolla Mohammed Nur

Lolla Mohammed Nur is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in political science and journalism. Her research interests center on African politics, Islamic studies, as well as the dominant media representation of Africans and Muslims. Lolla plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in political science, with a focus on comparative politics and Islamic studies.

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Often, the discourse on Africa and the Muslim world is one-sided. My dream is to pursue a Ph.D. in the social sciences so that I can teach, research, and write extensively on international political issues from both an African and a Muslim perspective.

Research project

Corrupting Africa: International Organizations and 'the Problem' of Corruption in Africa

Abstract: Since the 1990s, corruption and underdevelopment in Africa have been synonymous, and combating corruption has become an international norm. This research paper explores the discourse around corruption: how corruption is understood as an inherent “problem” of the developing world, particularly Africa. The main theme of such discourse is that corruption is not only immoral, but also a severe obstacle to governance, development, and even democracy. This paper focuses on the discourse of corruption as a hindrance to development and a cause of underdevelopment by analyzing the anti-corruption activities in recent years of two international organizations: the Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations. Results revealed that while some UN initiatives target corruption at the civil society level, both organizations coordinate anti-corruption activities from the perspective of international businesses. Thus, the international anti-corruption movement is framed, organized, and coordinated in the global North, but corruption is, ironically, understood as a problem primarily of the global South. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Raymond Duvall is Morse-Alumni Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His co-edited books include Power in Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities and the Production of Danger (University of Minnesota Press, 1999). His recent articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as International Organization (2005-06), Millennium (2007), Review of International Studies (2008), and Political Theory (2008). His teaching and research focus on facets of critical international relations theory, with emphasis on the productive effects of social practices in hierarchically structured political relations.