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Robin Poulton

Affiliate Professor at VCU
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Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Jun 28, 2013
Member Since: May 18, 2013


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Primary Affiliation:
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Education, 4 Year/4 Year + Grad, VA, United States)
Secondary Affiliation:
  • Virginia Friends of MALI (Non-Profit, Private, Other, Mali)

MERLOT Connections


  • English - speaking level (Superior) - reading level (Superior)
  • French - speaking level (Superior) - reading level (Superior)

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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).
  • Robin Edward Poulton and Ibrahim ag Youssouf. (1998). A Peace of Timbuktu: democratic governance, development and African peacemaking, with a preface by Kofi Annan. UNIDIR, Geneva, 388 pages: launched by the Secretary-General 17 March 1998 in Geneva.


  • 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

Honors and 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