Linda J. Beck

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor


University of Maine, Farmington


Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
Roberts Learning Center, Room 308
University of Maine
Farmington, Maine 04938 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: (207) 778-7341

Countries of Specialization


Research Interests

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1996.

Research interests and publications focus on Senegalese politics, including topics related to
democratization, decentralization, conflict resolution and the New African diaspora.

Teaching Interests

Comparative politics ; African politics ; Islam and politics in Africa.



Brokering democracy in Africa: the rise of clientelist democracy in Senegal.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (280 p.)

Book chapters and journal articles:

"Democratization and the hidden public: the impact of patronage networks
on Senegalese women," Comparative politics, 35, 2 (January 2003):

"Le clientélisme au Sénégal: un adieu sans regrets?"
Le Sénégal contemporain. Sous la direction de Momar-Coumba
Diop. Paris: Karthala, 2002. pp. 527-47.

"Reining in the marabouts?: democratization and local governance in
Senegal," African affairs. 100, 401 (2001): 601-21.

"Senegal's enlarged presidential majority: deepening democracy or detour?"
State, conflict, and democracy in Africa, edited by Richard
Joseph. Boulder, CO: L. Rienner, 1999. pp. 197-216.

"Senegal's 'patrimonial democrats': instrumental reform and the
obstacles to the consolidation of democracy," Canadian journal of
African studies, 31, 1 (1997): 1-31.


comparative politics ; African politics ; Islam.