Santa Clara University

Michael Kevane

Associate Professor and Chair of Economics


Professor Kevane teaches courses on the Economics of Gender in Developing Countries, African Economic Development, and International Economics. He has published articles on the performance of rural institutions and markets in journals such as Review of Development Economics, World Development, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Africa. He is the author of Women and Development in Africa: How Gender Works, and is also co-editor (with Endre Stiansen) of a book titled, Kordofan Invaded: Peripheral Incorporation and Sectoral Transformation in Islamic Africa.

He currently studies how access to books, libraries, and reading programs affect student performance, and has published in the journals World Libraries, Libri and Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France. He also writes and gives talks on various aspects of the political economy of Sudan and Burkina Faso. Professor Kevane is fluent in Spanish and French, and is well-versed in Sudanese colloquial Arabic.