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Megan HersheyMegan Hershey

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4951
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 200 A


Ph.D. Indiana University
B.A. Ursinus College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Comparative politics, African politics, international development, politics of HIV/AIDS, NGOs, foreign aid

Proficient in Swahili

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


Hershey, Megan. (2017) "Bringing African Voices into the Undergraduate African Politics Classroom." PS: Political Science & Politics 50:1, 199-203.

Hershey, Megan. (2016) "Understanding the Effects of Faith: A Comparison of Religious and Secular HIV Prevention NGOs in Kenya." Journal of International Development 28:2, 161-176.

Hershey, Megan and Michael Artime. (2014) “Narratives of Africa in a Digital World: Kony 2012 and Student Perceptions of Conflict and Agency in Sub-Saharan Africa.” PS: Political Science and Politics 47:3, 636-641.

Hershey, Megan. (2014) “Measuring the Success of HIV/AIDS NGOs among Nairobi’s Youth.” Development in Practice 24:1, 51-62.

Hershey, Megan (2013). “Explaining the non-governmental organization (NGO) boom: the case of HIV/AIDS NGOs in Kenya.” Journal of Eastern African Studies 7:4, 671-90.        


Co-authored with Michael Artime, “The Effects of ‘Kony 2012’ on University Student Perceptions of Africa,” at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference (2013)

African Studies Association Conference: “Faith and Good Works: Understanding Why Faith-Status Does not affect Success among Kenyan NGOs,” at the African Studies Association Conference (2012)

"Explaining the NGO Boom: The Case of HIV/AIDS NGOs in Kenya," at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference (2012)

"Who Gets a Say? How Donors and Poor Communication Restrict Participation in Kenyan NGOs," at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference (2011)

Grants & Fellowships:

Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) International Collaboration Research Grant (2018-2019)

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Initiative Grant (2018-2021)

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Networking Grant (2017)

Carlton T. Hodge Prize in African Studies, Indiana University (2011)

Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Research Fellowship (2010-11)

Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant for research in Kenya (2007-08)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Advanced Swahili (2006-07).