Dennis C. Galvan is Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon. Professor Galvan received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1996, and has conducted field research since 1988 in a cluster of thirty villages in rural Senegal, as well as in Dakar. His book on land tenure, local government and sustainable development in rural Senegal, The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal (University of California Press, 2004) won the 2005 Best Book Award from the African Politics Conference Group. His published work on Senegal covers institutional change, peasant adaptation of property regimes, social capital and democratization, sustainable development, ethnic relations, and grass-roots patterns of nation-building. He is the Co-Director of the Global Oregon Initiative, a strategic initiative to promote internationalization at the University of Oregon. In this role, he led the development of the Gabon-Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development and the creation of the new Global Studies Institute (GSI).