Prof. Catherine Besteman

Catherine Besteman, PhD has taught Anthropology and African Studies at Colby since 1994. Her teaching interests focus mostly on the roots of violent conflict and the forces that sustain inequality and produce poverty. Her first major research project was in southern Somalia in the late 1980s, just prior to the civil war. The articles and books she wrote about her research with Somali Bantu communities along the Jubba River Valley seek to explain why this population was so victimized during the war. Many of the surviving refugees from the villages in which she worked now live in Lewiston, Maine, and she is working with them to document what happened to them since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.