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Dr Alma Gottlieb
Email: ajgottligmail [dot] com
Dr Gottlieb is professor of Anthropology, Center for African Studies, LAS Global Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr Gottlieb began working in Côte d'Ivoire 1979 and has remained in touch with Ivorians since then. Her primary expertise is among one small ethnic/linguistic minority group, the Beng (a.k.a. Ngan/Ngen), but she also has knowledge about many other ethnic groups across the country. Her expertise lies especially in daily rural life and cultural practices, including family structure and expectations, gendered roles and practices, and religious practices and expectations. Dr Gottlieb has served as an expert witness for several asylum cases from Côte d'Ivoire. If she is unable to provide expert knowledge about a particular topic, she may be able to refer you to a colleague who has more relevant expertise.
Dr Benjamin N. Lawrance
Email: bnlrit [dot] edu
Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Professor of International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr Lawrance is the Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations. He has provided reports on human rights abuses, extra-judicial executions, political conditions, targeted political violence and persecution in Cote d’Ivoire
Dr Virginie Baudais
Dr Virginie Baudais is a political scientist with expertise in west-african politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse I and also graduated from science po Toulouse and the University of Rennes II Haute-Bretagne. Her expertise includes democratization processes, state building, decentralization and elections focusing on the west-african region. Her international experience includes having lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali for the UN, in Tunisia, and she conducted extensive field researches in Mali and Niger.
Dr Matthew I. Mitchell
Email: m [dot] mitchellusask [dot] ca
Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this appointment, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely on questions related to citizenship, electoral violence, ethnic conflict, migration and security, natural resource governance, and the politics of land. His work is regionally focused on the southwestern cocoa regions of both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where he has conducted extensive field research. He is a native English and French speaker and would be willing to provide expert consultation in both languages.