William G. Moseley
William G. Moseley is DeWitt Wallace Professor of geography, and director of the Food, Agriculture & Society Program at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. His research interests include tropical agriculture, food security, and development policy. He is the author of nearly a 100 peer-reviewed articles and books chapters, as well as eight books, including: Africa’s Green Revolution: Critical Perspectives on New Agricultural Technologies and Systems (Routledge, 2016); Land Reform in South Africa: An Uneven Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); and Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa (Ohio University Press, 2008). In 2013 he won the Media award, and in 2016 the Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished Africa Scholar Award, both from the American Association of Geographers. He currently serves on the International Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Background and early years
Moseley attended Carleton College (B.A.History, 1987), the University of Michigan (M.S. and M.P.P., 1993) and the University of Georgia (PhD "Sahelian ‘White Gold’ and Rural Poverty-Environment Interactions: The Political Ecology of Cotton Production, Environmental Change, and Household Food Economy in Mali", 2001. Prior to becoming an academic, Moseley served in the US Peace Corps in Mali from 1987-89. He also worked for Save the Children UK, the World Bank Environment Department, and the US Agency for International Development.
Scholarship and publications
Moseley 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. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous newspaper op-eds. He write a regular column for Al jazeera English, and previously served as associate editor of Food Policy and editor of the African Geographical Review.
Moseley, W.G., M. Schnurr and R. Bezner Kerr. 2016. Africa’s Green Revolution: Critical Perspectives on New Agricultural Technologies and Systems. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis. (ISBN 978-1-13-818595-1)
Moseley, W.G., E. Perramond and H. Hapke and P. Laris. 2013. An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/Blackwell. (ISBN 978-1-4051-8931-6).
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, andISBN 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).
- Faculty biography
- 2019 Video of live public conversation with former Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg & former student Julia Morgan
- 2018 video story and interview on vimeo entitled "Faces: A Case for Academia"
- 2016 video MacTalks: How to make West African peanut sauce
- 2011 YouTube video on "How Does One Become a Geographer"
- Voice interview on Africafiles: The Pulse
- 2012 Interview (TV) on Twin Cities Public Television re: famine in the Horn of Africa.