Faculty Biography

Beverly Grier 

Beverly Grier, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Government

Chair, Government Department
Department of Government
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

email: bgrier@clarku.edu


Current Research and Teaching

Professor Grier teaches courses on African politics, gender, development and politics in eastern and southern Africa, child labor in developing countries, the global AIDS crisis, and problems of globalization.

Selected Publications

Invisible Hands: Child Labor and the State in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1965. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005.

"Women in West Africa", Women's Studies Encyclopedia , Greenwood Publishing, 1998.

"Making Sense of Our Differences: African American Women on Anita Hill", in Geneva Smitherman, eds., African American Women Speak Out on Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas . Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995.

"Invisible Hands: The Political Economy of Child Labor in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1930", Journal of Southern African Studies , vol. 20, no. I (March 1994), pp. 27-52.

"Pawns, Porters and Petty Traders: Women in the Transition to Export Agriculture in Ghana", Signs , vol. 17, no. 2 (Winter 1992), pp. 304-328. Reprinted in Paul E. Lovejoy and Toyin Falola, eds., Pawnship in Africa . Boulder: Westview Press, 1993, pp. 159-183.

"Politics in Niger", in Joel Kriger, Chief Editor, The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World . New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

"Contradiction, Crisis and Class Conflict: The State and Capitalist Development in Ghana Prior to 1948", in Irving Leonard Markovitz, Studies in Power and Class in Africa . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987, pp. 27-49.

"Underdevelopment, Modes of Production and the State in Colonial Ghana", in African Studies Review , vol. 24, no. I (March 1981), pp. 21-47

"Cocoa Marketing in Colonial Ghana: Capitalist Enterprise and the Emergence of an Rural African Bourgeoisie", Ufahamu , nos. I and 2, Fall-Winter 1980-8 1, pp. 89- 115.