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Robin Poulton

Robin Poulton


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Skills & Interests

  • Humanities / Africana or African American or Black Studies (Expert)
    My research focus is now on West African culture and history, and on relations between The Mali Empire and the diaspora in Virginia (given practical and community expression through the Richmond-Segou sister city partnership). In addition to Mali on which I have published extensively, I have worked on community development, disarmament, conflict resolution and governance in Niger, Guinea, Guiné Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Cameroun and Nigeria. Since 2012 I have been working on police reform and sexual violence in Congo DRC.


  • African Studies Association
    member 11/2012 – Current
  • Virginia Friends of Mali
    Vice-President 11/2005 – Current
  • West African Research Association
    member 06/2013 – 06/2013

Education History

  • PhD Docteur en Sciences Sociales du Développement Development Anthrolology (06/1979)
    Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
  • MSc Agricultural Economics (Dip Ag Econ) (06/1970)
    Balliol College, Oxford University, UK
  • MA Hons History and Economics (06/1969)
    St Andrews University, Scotland


  • Robin Edward Poulton & Macky Tall. (2011). Djita, a Malian girl from Virginia (French & English). AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana..
  • Robin Edward Poulton. (2010). ‘L’Afghanistan – comment les Américains voient-ils la guerre ?’ in Les Nouvelles de l’Afghanistan. (juin 2010).
  • Valerie Yankey Wayne & Robin Edward Poulton. (2008). “Curbing Illegal Brokering in the Arms Trade: Challenges and Opportunities” in Freedom From Fear, UNCRI, Vienna. (October 2008 p8-11).


  • English
    • Speaking level: Superior
    • Reading level: Superior
  • French
    • Speaking level: Superior
    • Reading level: Superior

Honors & Awards

  • Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mali (06/2002)
    Honor awarded by the President of Mali for services to Peace and Disarmament in West Africa
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre Khmer du Samotrei (06/2001)
    Honor awarded by the King of Cambodia for services to disarmament
  • Kumatigui (06/2000)
    Named 'Master of the Word' by a member of the Sacred Order of Griots in Kangaba and Kela, in Mali, for historical research and story telling


  • Research Professor in French West African Studies (affiliate) (09/2012 – Current) Virginia Commonwealth University, School of World Studies
  • Senior Fellow, UNIDIR Geneva (11/1996 – Current) United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
  • Vice-President (11/2005 – Current) Virginia Friends of MALI