João Resende-Santos is Associate Professor of International Studies at Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts, USA. He received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. Prior to Bentley, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Dean of the School of Business and Governance/Escola de Negócios e Governação (ENG), University of Cape Verde (UNICV).
His research areas include international relations theory, US foreign policy, development policy, political economy of Cape Verde, diaspora engagement, and Cape Verde foreign relations. Prof. Resende-Santos is also active as a policy practitioner and international consultant in the areas of economic development policy, entrepreneurship, and trade policy. He has been a consultant for the African Development Bank, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the Government of Cape Verde. In 2010 was a member of the National Task Force for the II Compact of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-2) for the Government of Cabo Verde. In 2013, he was Team Leader and Lead Author of Cape Verde’s Diagnostic Trade Integration Study. His first book, Neorealism, the State, and the Modern Mass Army, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. He is co-author of the recently published Innovation Africa: Emerging Hubs of Excellence, which is part of a broader set of initiatives based on the Africa Innovation Summit. His most recent research appears in “Cape Verde: Rethinking Diaspora in Development Policy,” International Migration October 2015.