Professor Emeritus of Sociology
PhD, 1959, Sociology (Dr. rer. pol.), Cologne University – Germany
M.A., 1955, Economics (Diplomvolkswirt), Munich University – Germany
My work is concerned with poor countries, with special emphasis on Africa South of the Sahara. It is informed by close to a decade of research and teaching in Uganda and Nigeria, by shorter stays in the Congo (Kinshasa), Cuba, India, Kenya, and Tanzania, and by visiting appointments in African and Development Studies programs in Europe and the U.S. Much of my research and writing has addressed issues arising from the urban transformation of developing countries. Some years ago I began developing my interest in African literature and film. Most recently I have ventured into an exploration of film and politics in the Middle East.
Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique, edited by Josef Gugler. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press. 2015.
Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence, edited by Josef Gugler. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press. 2011. http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/gugfil
“Cinema of Revolution,” pages 139-153 in Revolutionary Movements in World History: From 1750 to the Present , edited by James V. Defronzo, Santa Barbara / Denver / Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2006
“Fiction, Fact, and the Responsibility of the Critic: Camp de Thiaroye, Yaaba, and The Gods Must Be Crazy,” pages 69-85 in Focus on African Film , edited by Françoise Pfaff, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004
African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent , Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Cape Town: David Philip, Oxford: James Currey, 2003