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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 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.        

Selected presentations:

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).



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).