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Robert Fatton

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S496 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Graduate School of Government and International Studies

Robert Fatton Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  He also served as Chair of the Department of Politics from 1997 to 2004; and Associate-Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2012.  He is the author of several books and a large number of scholarly articles.  His publications include: Black Consciousness in South Africa (1986); The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal’s Passive Revolution, 1975-1985(1987); Predatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa (1992); Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002); The Roots of Haitian Despotism(2007); and Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery (2014).  He is also co-editor with R. K. Ramazani of The Future of Liberal Democracy:  Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World(2004); and Religion, State, and Society (2009).  He is the recipient of the 2011 Award for Excellence of the Haitian Studies Association for his “commitment and contribution to the emerging field of Haitian Studies for close to a quarter of a century.”

EGMT 1530: Engaging Differences
Credits: 2
In this class, students will learn to critically reflect on one's own situation and perspective in relations to one's expanding knowledge of other human experiences, seeking to cultivate a framework for informed reflection on human diversity and social complexity while developing empathy as a foundation for democratic citizenship.
PLCP 3012: The Politics of Developing Areas
Credits: 3
Surveys patterns of government and politics in non-Western political systems. Topics include political elites, sources of political power, national integration, economic development, and foreign penetration. This class replaces PLCP 2120 therefore you will not get credit for the course twice.
PLCP 4500: Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in comparative government. Prerequisite: One course in PLCP or instructor permission.
PLCP 4810: Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
Credits: 3
Studies the government and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Includes the colonial experience and the rise of African nationalism; the transition to independence; the rise and fall of African one-party states; the role of the military in African politics; the politics of ethnicity, nation- and state-building; patromonialism and patron-client relations; development problems faced by African regimes, including relations with external actors; and the political future of Southern Africa. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Africa.
PLAD 4960: Thesis for Distinguished Majors Program
Credits: 3
American Politics Prerequisite: Admission into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.
PLAD 4961: Thesis Seminar for Distinguished Majors Program Part 2
Credits: 3
Part two of the Politics Department Distinguished Majors thesis seminar.
PLCP 5993: Selected Problems in Comparative Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.