William Munro, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Ph.D. Endowed Professor
Director of Environmental Studies
Ph.D., Yale University, 1991
Dr. Munro teaches courses in International Politics, African Politics, Conflict Areas
in the Global South, Development Theory, and Social Movements. His research interests
include the politics of state formation and development in the global south as well
as popular organization in the international food economy. He has conducted field
research on state politics in Zimbabwe, and is currently researching the politics
of democratization in rural South Africa. He is the author of The Moral Economy of the State: Conservation, Community Development and State-making
in Zimbabwe (Ohio University Press, 1998). Munro's most recent book is titled Fighting for the Future of Food: Activists versus Agribusiness in the Struggle over
Biotechnology (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), with Rachel Schurman of the University of
Minnesota. Munro is also the 2012 winner of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching
Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan.