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Back to Directory John Bonnell Program Director, Tanzania Partnership Program Center for Advanced Study of International Development

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Biography: Dr. John Bonnell works in Michigan State University’s (MSU) International Center as the Program Director of the Tanzania Partnership Program, a collaborative alliance of local and international organizations dedicated to improving local livelihoods and promoting community resiliency in Tanzania. John also serves as Co-PI of the Innovation Scholars Program (in Malawi) through the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. In each of these roles John works with academic staff at MSU and at partner universities, particularly in Africa, to design and implement research and capacity development programs that improve the well-being of individuals, institutions, communities, and systems. Dr. Bonnell is a practitioner and scholar of international higher education. His research and praxis include the role of higher education in developing countries, educational and workforce development systems, faculty development, organizational transformation, and international academic partnerships. He has conducted educational research and development projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ghana. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Bonnell served as a faculty member and head of department at a private university in Kenya. Dr. Bonnell holds a PhD from MSU in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, with specializations in African Studies and International Development.