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Roanoke College Professor Wins Award for Book on Politics in Uganda


SALEM, Va. - Dr. Joshua Rubongoya, professor of international politics at Roanoke College, recently won the 2006 African Politics Conference Group's Best Book Award for his book, "Regime Hegemony in Museveni's Uganda: Pax Musevenica." The book showcases the merits and serious mistakes of leadership under Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, who took control in 1986 after a string of murderous dictators such as Idi Amin and Milton Obote were overthrown.

A native of Uganda, Rubongoya lived through the Idi Amin and Obote dictatorship and has thus focused his research on democracy and politics in Africa.

"The impact of those two regimes was enough to propel me into studying the subject," Rubongoya says. "The paucity of democratic institutions in Africa and the factors contributing to it make for a broad and intriguing area of study and research."

The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan, and it is available at and Barnes and Noble.

Rubongoya received his B.A. from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He also has won numerous scholarship and leadership awards, both abroad and at Roanoke, including the Fulbright Scholarship during graduate school, the Ford Foundation Research Award and Outstanding Faculty Leader from the Roanoke College Student Government Association.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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