Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, International Affairs, The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington, D.C., USA)


Research Interests: China-Africa, Horn of Africa, Chinese diplomacy

Languages: English, French, Swahili

Bio: Ambassador Shinn is an adjunct professor of international affairs at The George Washington University. Amb. Shinn, who received his BA, MA, and PhD from The George Washington University, is a former US ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and to Burkina Faso (1987-90). He has a certificate in African studies from Northwestern University. He served for thirty-seven years in the US Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, and Sudan, outside of his duties as ambassador. He has been teaching at the Elliott School since 2001 and serves on a number of boards of nongovernmental organizations. An expert on the Horn of Africa, Dr. Shinn speaks at events around the world. He is the coauthor of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012), the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (2013), and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, US policy in Africa, and the African brain drain.