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Department of History & Political Science

Dr. Sigismond Wilson

Dr. Sigismond Wilson

Assistant Professor
Baird Hall, Room 219K
918-343-7800
swilson@rsu.edu

 

Education

Ph.D., Geography
Michigan State University
2010

M.A., Geography
The University of Georgia
2004

B.A. Hons. Geography
Fourah Bay College,
University of Sierra Leone
1995

Professional Experience

2011-Present, Assistant Professor
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

2010-2011, Assistant Professor
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2004-2010, Online Teaching Instructor/Teaching Assistant
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Courses Taught:

  • Human Geography, World Regional Geography, Military Geography, World Ecological Problems, World Geography, People & the Environment, Introduction to Physical Geography

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Africa Specialty Group- AAG
  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU)

Publications

Book:

  • The Spatial and Social Impacts of Sierra Leone's Civil War 1991 to 2001 (Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 2011).

Peer-reviewed Articles:

  • Diamonds Exploitation in Sierra Leone 1930 to 2010: A Resource Curse? GeoJournal, 78 (2013), 997-1012.
  • Company-Community Conflicts over Diamond Resources in Kono District Sierra Leone, Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal 26(3), 2013, 254-269.
  • Whose Minerals, Whose Development? Rhetoric and Reality in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone, Development and Change 43(5), 2012, 1103-1131.
  • Modeling the impacts of civil war on land use and land cover change within Kono District, Sierra Leone: A socio-geospatial approach, Geocarto International 28(6), 2013, 476-501.
  • Sierra Leone's Illicit Diamonds: The Challenges and the Way Forward, GeoJournal 76(3), 2011, 191-212.
    Sociospatial Geographies of Civil War in Sierra Leone and the New Global Diamond Order: Is the Kimberley Process the Panacea?
  • Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27(6), 2009, 1107-1130.
  • On the Causes of Sierra Leone's Civil War: A Comparative Analysis." Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies 26(4), 2007, 50-69.
  • Civil War and Displacement: The Case of Sierra Leone." Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies 25(3), 2006, 103-128.

Book Reviews:

  • Unruh, J., Williams, C. (eds). 2013. Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Progress in Physical Geography 38(3), 2014, 378-380.
  • Solem, M., Foote. K. & Monk, J. (eds). (2009). Aspiring Academic: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. Research In Geographic Education 13(1), 2011, 50-52

Conference Papers:

  • 2014 "An Investigation into the Role of Anthropogenic Drivers on Changes in Land Cover and Land Use in Tulsa Metropolitan Area. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa, Florida.
  • 2013 "Corporate Mining and Land Cover Change: a Geospatial Analysis of Rutile Mining in Sierra Leone." A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles, California.
  • 2012 "Corporate Mining in Post-Civil War Sierra Leone: A Panacea for Economic Growth and Community Development?" A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 2012 "Modeling the Interface between Mining, Agriculture, Forest Extraction and Land Cover Change in Post Conflict Sierra Leone." A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City, New York.
  • 2011 "Challenges for food security in post-conflict Sierra Leone." A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington D.C.
  • 2011 "Industrial Mining and Community Development in Sierra Leone: The Law, Community Expectations and Reality." A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle, Washington.
  • 2010 "Land Use/Land Cover Change in Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone, was the Civil Conflict a Driving Force?" A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Washington D.C.
  • 2009 "Diamonds in Sierra Leone, a Resource Curse?"  A poster presented at the New Faces for African Development session, European Report on Development Conference, Accra, Ghana.
  • 2009 "Diamond Conflicts in Kono District Sierra Leone: An Actor-Oriented Political Ecology" A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2008   "Conflicts over Diamond Exploitation: The Case of Kono District, Sierra Leone"    A paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2007 "The New Global Diamond Order and Post-Civil War Sierra Leone: Is the   Kimberly Process the panacea?" A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco, California.
  • 2005 "The New Global Diamond Order and Post Civil-War Sierra Leone: Is the Kimberly Process A Naked Emperor?" A paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington D.C.
  • 2005 "The Impact of Conflict on Land Use and Livelihood system in Northern Kenya and North-Eastern Uganda." A paper presented at the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers, Bowling Green University, Ohio.

Grants/Fellowships

  • MSU Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2009
  • Compton's Africa Peace Fellowship 2007
  • MSU Pre-dissertation Fellowship 2006
  • MSU Bio-complexity Fellowship 2005
  • Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship 2005

Service

  • Member, History Search Committee 2012-2013 & 2013 -2014
  • Member, RSU School of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee 2011 – Present
  • Member, Rogers State University Curriculum Committee 2011 – Present