Bruce Berman (PhD 1974, Political Science), professor emeritus of political studies and history at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, was named the 2012 Smuts Visiting Research Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. Berman joined the faculty of Queen's in 1971 and is the author, co-author and co-editor of seven books and more than fifty published papers. His early work focused on the political economy of the colonial state in Africa and its impact on African societies. Since the 1990s, his work has focused increasingly on the development of modern African ethnicities and their political expression.
From 2006 through June 2012, Berman served as director and principal investigator of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance (EDG) Program, the first major international, interdisciplinary research grant received at Queen’s. Its scholars and graduate students, hailing from twenty universities and nine countries, produced volumes of research papers. While at Cambridge, Berman will work on a book titled The Ordeal of Modernity: the Cultural Politics of Ethnicity, which has its origins in the EDG Program. Berman served as the President of the Canadian Association of African Studies in 1990-91 and of the African Studies Association in the U.S. in 2004-05.