Fellowship Award!

Some great news to share!

Each year, Davidson College awards one or two faculty members with the Boswell Family Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship provides the recipient with a full year paid sabbatical (normally our paid sabbaticals are for a half year).  

This month I learned I am the recipient of the fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

I can’t express in words how much this means to me, and how much freedom this gives me and my family to plan for the sabbatical year ahead. I plan to complete the book on the crisis in Somalia since 1988 that I have been wanting to do for years. And I’m hoping to do more research, writing, and advocacy on ALS matters as well. Karin and I will wait until spring to assess the state of my health before deciding whether to relocate to Kenya for part of the year, or stay back home.   We now have a wealth of options, which is a great luxury.

I am very grateful to the Boswell family for their generous support of Davidson faculty development, and to the College for its vote of confidence.


Author: Ken Menkhaus

Professor of Political Science at Davidson College. Specialist on Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Interests include development, statebuilding, informal governance systems, peace and conflict studies, and political Islam. I also teach on philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

One thought on “Fellowship Award!”

  1. And you received a warm and richly deserved standing ovation from your faculty colleagues, who admire your scholarship, leadership, and friendship!


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