• Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton



  • International Relations Theory
  • Understanding Global Politics
  • African Politics
  • Transnational Civil Society
  • International Political Economy
  • World Security Problems
  • Foundations of Reflections: Others


  • African Security Issues
  • International Relations Theory
  • Comparative Democratization
  • European Security


Céline A. Jacquemin, Ph.D., or “Dr. Céline” as she is known by her students, is a Professor of International Relations. She served as Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2009 to 2019 and as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2017-2020. Her expertise covers parts of Europe and the Great Lakes of Africa where she more closely studies Democratization, Human Rights, and empowerment, particularly in Rwanda. In her recent research, she explores the plight of Berbers in North Africa where she examines forms of peaceful political resistance by Kabyles, or Berbers, the indigenous population of North Africa, in the face of oppression resulting from policies of Islamization and Arabization by the Algerian government.

She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on African Security and African Politics respectively, and on democratization, International Relations Theory, Political Economy, Political Science Senior Seminars, and Civic Engagement. She has testified as a pro-bono expert witness for political asylum cases linked to female genital mutilation practices and other human rights violations for the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St Mary’s University.

Her newest research brings her back to East Africa where she continues assessing democratization through development and through the professionalization of institutions. She focuses on identity politicization, mobilization, and transformation processes that strengthen educational and democratic institutions.


Her recent publications include in 2019 a chapter entitled “Kabyle Resistance and Berber Oppression” in Oppression and Resistance in African and the Diaspora, edited by Kenneth Kalu and Toyin Falola for the series published by Routledge on Global Africa; in 2016 a chapter on “The Politics of Mixing Evangelizing with Education & Development: Marianist Projects in Kenya” in Contentious Politics in Africa: Identity, Conflict, and Social Change edited by Toyin Falola and Wanjala Nasong’o, by Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

In 2015, Jacquemin published several works that focused on Rwanda from looking back at the roots of the Rwandan Genocide in “Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony: Colonial and Post-Colonial Roots of the Rwandan Genocide” in The Roots of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: From Grievance to Violence edited by Wanjala S. Nasong’o, Palgrave Macmillan. (October) to documenting the very promising progress made by Rwandans in her chanter published in August, 2015: “Rwandan Government & Diaspora: Harnessing the Power of Institutions Built for Unity & Democracy” in Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland edited by T. Falola and D. Sanchez, Cambria Press Inc. Her short work in spring 2015 “Why do YOU study Genocide?” Pecan Grove Review, Volume XVI recounts her conversation with Professor Ervin Staub about the roots of their common interest in studying Genocide.

In 2014, she shared an introspective piece about the road to training in self-defense “Fulfilling my Wildest Dream” Pecan Grove Review, Volume XV

In 2013, she established her expertise on the relationship between France and Rwanda with her chapter: “14. French Foreign Policy in Rwanda: Language, Personal Networks, and Changing Contexts” in The Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment in Africa edited by Toyin Falola and Jessica Achberger, Taylor & Francis.

Her earlier publications include: “Female Genital Cutting: shattering the debate yet still violating human rights” published in Revista Espaco Academico April 2010 and “Allied against all odds to fight genocide: How far has the US come?” Revista Espaco Academico November 2008. She also co-authored a chapter with Alison Brysk “Bridging Borders for Human Rights” in Transnational Civil Society edited by Batliwala and Brown and published by Kumarian Press in 2006.

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