William G. Moseley

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William G. Moseley (born 1965) is an author, scholar and professor of geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[1] He is a development and human-environment geographer with particular expertise in political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, livelihood security, and West Africa and Southern Africa. Before becoming an academic, he worked for ten years in the field of international development. Moseley’s books include: Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa (Ohio University Press, 2008),[2] with Leslie Gray; The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings (Blackwell, 2007),[3] with David Lanegran and Kavita Pandit; four editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues (McGraw-Hill, 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2011);[4] and African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs, Realities (Ashgate, 2004), with Ikubolajeh Logan. He has also published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous newspaper op-eds. He previously served as editor of the African Geographical Review.



Moseley, W.G. and L.C. Gray (eds). 2008. Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press and Nordic Africa Press. (ISBN 978-0-89680-260-5).

Moseley, W.G., D. Lanegran and K. Pandit (eds). 2007. The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press. (ISBN 978-1-4051-4922-8).

Moseley, W.G. (ed.) 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues. 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Editions. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill. (ISBN 0-07-284517-1, ISBN 0-07-351507-8, ISBN 0-07-351518-3, and ISBN 0-07-805008-1).

Moseley, W.G. and B.I. Logan. (eds.) 2004. African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs, Realities. King’s SOAS Studies in Development Geography. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited. (ISBN 0-7546-3904-5).

Public scholarship
Academic journal articles

Larson, J. and W.G. Moseley. 2012. “Reaching the limits: A geographic approach for understanding food insecurity and household hunger mitigation strategies in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA.” Geojournal. 77(1): 1-12.

Moseley, W.G. 2011. “Lessons from the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Agro-Food Dynamics in Mali.” Development in Practice. 21(4-5): 604-612.

Moseley, W.G. 2011. “On Engaging with New Economic Geography.” Dialogues in Human Geography. 1(1): 94-97.

Moseley, W.G. and *D. Teske. 2011. “Geographers in the Public Square: A Comparative Analysis of Op-Ed Productivity.” Applied Geography. 31(1): 232-236.

Moseley, W.G. and K.M. Otiso. 2010. “Assessing Sub-Saharan Africa’s University-Level Geography Resources: A Preliminary Investigation.” African Geographical Review. 29(1): 5-19.

Moseley, W.G., J. Carney and L. Becker. 2010. “Neoliberal Policy, Rural Livelihoods and Urban Food Security in West Africa: A Comparative Study of The Gambia, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107 (13) 5774-5779.

Moseley, W.G. 2010. “Engaging the Public Imagination: Geographers in the Op-Ed Pages.” Geographical Review. 100(1): 109-121.

Otiso, K. and W.G. Moseley. 2009. “Examining Claims for Information and Communication Technology - Led Development in Africa.” African Geographical Review. 28: 99-116.

Moseley, W.G. 2009. “Making Study Abroad a Winning Proposition for Pre-Tenure Faculty.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Volume 18: 231-240.

Moseley, W. G. 2009. “Beyond Knee-Jerk Environmental Thinking: Teaching Geographic Perspectives on Conservation, Preservation and the Hetch Hetchy Valley Controversy.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 33(3): 433-451.

Moseley, W.G. and K. Otiso. 2008. “The State of African Geography in the North American Academy.” African Geographical Review. 27: 5-15.

Moseley, W.G. 2008. “Strengthening Livelihoods in Sahelian West Africa: The Geography of Development and Underdevelopment in a Peripheral Region.” Geographische Rundschau International Edition, 4(4): 44-50.

Moseley, W.G. and B. McCusker. 2008. “Fighting Fire with a Broken Tea Cup: A Comparative Analysis of South Africa’s Land Redistribution Program.” Geographical Review. 98(3): 322-338.

Moseley, W.G. 2008. “Fair Trade Wine: South Africa’s Post Apartheid Vineyards and the Global Economy.” Globalizations, 5(2):291-304.

Ledermann, S.T. and W.G. Moseley. 2008. “The World Trade Organization’s Doha Round and Cotton: Continued Peripheral Status or a ‘Historical Breakthrough’ for African Farmers?” African Geographical Review. 26: 37-58.

Moseley, W.G. and P. Laris. 2008. “West African Environmental Narratives and Development-Volunteer Praxis.” Geographical Review. 98(1): 59-81.

Moseley, W.G. and I. Yeboah. 2007. “Editorial: A New Day for African Geography.” African Geographical Review. 25: 1-6.

Moseley, W.G. 2007. “Collaborating in the Field, Working for Change: Reflecting on Partnerships Between Academics, Development Organizations and Rural Communities in Africa.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 28: 334-347.

Moseley, W.G. 2007. “Neoliberal Agricultural Policy versus Agrarian Justice: Farm Workers and Land Redistribution in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.” South African Geographical Journal .89(1): 4-13.

Moseley, W.G. 2006. “Farm Workers, Agricultural Transformation and Land Reform in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.” Focus on Geography. 49(1): 1-7.

Moseley, W.G. 2005. “Reflecting on National Geographic Magazine and Academic Geography: The September 2005 Special Issue on Africa” African Geographical Review. 24: 93-100.

Gray, L.C. and W.G. Moseley. 2005. “A Geographical Perspective on Poverty-Environment Interactions” Geographical Journal. 171(1): 9-23.

Moseley, W.G. 2005. “Global Cotton and Local Environmental Management: The Political Ecology of Rich and Poor Small-Hold Farmers in Southern Mali.” Geographical Journal. 171(1): 36-55.

Moseley, W.G. 2005. “Regional Geographies of the U.S. Southeast and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Potential for Comparative Insights.” Southeastern Geographer 45(1): 44-53.

Logan, B.I. and W.G. Moseley. 2002. "The Political Ecology of Poverty Alleviation in Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE)." Geoforum. 33(1): 1-14.

Moseley, W.G. 2001. “Monitoring Urban Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.” African Geographical Review. 21:81-90.

Moseley, W.G. 2001. “Political Ecology and the Rural Southern Vote: A Note on the 2000 Presidential Election.” Southeastern Geographer. 41(2): 289-295.

Moseley, W.G. 2001. “African Evidence on the Relation of Poverty, Time Preference and the Environment.” Ecological Economics. 38(3): 317-326.

Moseley, W.G. and B.I. Logan. 2001. “Conceptualizing Hunger Dynamics: A Critical Examination of Two Famine Early Warning Methodologies in Zimbabwe.” Applied Geography. 21(3): 223-248.

Moseley, W.G., and C.F. Jordan. 2001. “Measuring Agricultural Sustainability: Energy Analysis of Conventional Till and No-Till Maize in the Georgia Piedmont.” Southeastern Geographer. 41(1): 105-116.

Moseley, W.G. 2001. "Computer Assisted Comprehension of Distant Worlds: Understanding Hunger Dynamics in Africa." Journal of Geography. 100(1): 32-45.

Moseley, W.G. 2000. "Paradoxical Constraints to Agricultural Intensification in Malawi: The Interplay Between Labor, Land and Policy." Department of Geography, Discussion Paper Series. No. 00-1. Athens: University of Georgia.

Moseley, W.G. 1994. "An equation for the replacement value of agroforestry." Agroforestry Systems. 26: 47-52.


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