• Profile: Dr. Eiman O. Zein-Elabdin
Professor of Economics, Chair of Africana Studies



Office: STA325



Ph.D. Economics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1993

M.A.  Economics, University of Texas, El Paso, 1986

B.Sc.  Economics, University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1981  


Postcolonial theory; economic development; culture and economics; political economy of Africa; women, gender and economy

Recent Publications

Economics, Culture and Development, London: Routledge, 2015 (Frontiers of Political Economy Series). https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415551922

“Postcoloniality and Development: Development as a Colonial Discourse,” in Dimensions of African Development: Theory and Practice, Lansana Keita (ed.), Dakar, Senegal: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, 2011. 

“How Does an African Student of Economics Make Sense of Robinson Crusoe?” in Robinson Crusoe: The Construction and Deconstruction of Economic Man, Ulla Grapard and Gillian Hewitson (eds.), London: Routledge, 2011.

“Postcolonial Theory and Economics: Orthodox and Heterodox,” in Postcolonial Economies: Rethinking Material Lives, Jane Pollard, Cheryl McEwan, and Alex Hughes (eds.), London: Zed Books, 2011.

"Economics, Postcolonial Theory, and the Problem of Culture: Institutional Analysis and Hybridity," Cambridge Journal of Economics, November, 2009, p. 1153-1167.

Course Information

Political Economy of Africa (ECO281)

Economic Development (ECO335)

Women, Culture, and Development (ECO282)

Postcolonial Perspectives on Development (ECO381)

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ECO240)      

Introduction to Economic Perspectives (ECO103)

Value and Distribution (ECO203)

Other Affiliations

 The Sudan Institute for Research & Policy, Director (http://www.sudaninstitute.org/)