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Dr Alma Gottlieb


Dr Gottlieb is professor of Anthropology, Center for African Studies, LAS Global Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr Gottlieb began working in Côte d’Ivoire 1979 and has remained in touch with Ivorians since then. Her primary expertise is among one small ethnic/linguistic minority group, the Beng (a.k.a. Ngan/Ngen), but she also has knowledge about many other ethnic groups across the country. Her expertise lies especially in daily rural life and cultural practices, including family structure and expectations, gendered roles and practices, and religious practices and expectations. Dr Gottlieb has served as an expert witness for several asylum cases from Côte d’Ivoire. If she is unable to provide expert knowledge about a particular topic, she may be able to refer you to a colleague who has more relevant expertise.


Dr Benjamin N. Lawrance


Professor of History at the University of Arizona
Benjamin N. Lawrance is the former Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a professor of history at the University of Arizona.He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.

Dr Virginie Baudais


Dr Virginie Baudais is a political scientist with expertise in west-african politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse I and also graduated from science po Toulouse and the University of Rennes II Haute-Bretagne. Her expertise includes democratization processes, state building, decentralization and elections focusing on the west-african region. Her international experience includes having lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali for the UN, in Tunisia, and she conducted extensive field researches in Mali and Niger.