Title: Associate Professor
Company: The Pennsylvania State University
Location: Shillington, Pennsylvania, United States
Randall Arlin Fegley, PhD, Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in African studies.
A celebrated figure in his field, Dr. Fegley has amassed nearly 40 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise, which involve the study of African politics and societies, as well as how African communities cope with mass trauma. An associate professor in the Berks College at The Pennsylvania State University since 1995, he simultaneously serves as the executive director of the Sudan Studies Association, a role he has held since 2013. A freelance writer and consultant in his spare time, Dr. Fegley previously served as a coordinator at The Pennsylvania State University from 2000 to 2012, president of the Sudan Studies Association from 1999 to 2012, part-time associate professor in the Berks College at The Pennsylvania State University from 1987 to 1995, and teacher and administrator with the Ministry of Education in Khartoum, Sudan, from 1980 to 1984.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Fegley previously served on the board of directors of Cottage Communications, Inc., in Reading, PA, from 1990 to 2011. He also previously held the role of assistant professor at the Berks-Lehigh Valley College with The Pennsylvania State University. As a leading voice in his fields of interest, he maintains affiliation with the Sudan Studies Association, the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and the European Union Studies Association.
Dr. Fegley became interested in world studies from a young age and found himself particularly drawn to the history and politics of Africa. Receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University in 1977, he subsequently traveled abroad, receiving a Master of Arts from the University of Leicester in 1980 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Reading in 1986. During his studies, he was influenced by several of his professors in England, including Professor Christopher Hughes, Professor Jack Spence, and Professor Peter Woodward, whose expertise in the field only inspired Dr. Fegley to further thrive in his studies.
A prolific author, Dr. Fegley has contributed numerous articles to professional journals and chapters to books. In addition, he has penned several works of nonfiction regarding African history, including “A History of Rwandan Identity and Trauma: The Mythmaker’s Victims” in 2016, “Beyond Khartoum: A History of Subnational Government in Sudan” in 2011, “The Golden Spurs of Kortrijk” in 2002, and “Politics in a Changing World” in 1994.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to his industry, Dr. Fegley was awarded the Beaver Community Service Award for his work with the Episcopal Church to restore primary education in southern Sudan. In addition, he has been highlighted in the fourth edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America and the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the East. In 2018, he was further honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and was named a Worldwide Humanitarian.
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