Alvin Maingi Solomon

Program Director, International Affairs

Senior Lecturer
Office: Geography, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Maingi Solomon

Maingi Solomon, PhD., has research and teaching interests in the political economy of development. He is particularly interested in the production, and commodification of nature for the purposes of development and market expansion. His training and initial research interests were grounded in social theory, environmental governance, and social change with a focus on understanding the vulnerability of rural agrarian communities, the dynamics of subsistence, and drought-related crises in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Ph.D., Geography, West Virginia University
  • M.A., International Studies, Ohio University
  • M.A., Geography, Ohio University
  • B.Ed., Education, Egerton University

Research Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Hazards/Disasters
  • Environmental politics and social change
  • International political economy
  • International/Global Development
  • Land Use Planning/Policy
  • Migration

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 401: Regnl Geography Western World
  • GEOG 402: Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld
  • GEOG 550: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GEOG 560: Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 574: Global Geomorphology
  • GEOG 584: Political Geography
  • GEOG 685: Population and Development
  • IA 401: International Perspectives

Selected Publications

Smucker, T., Solomon, M., & Wisner, B. (2020). Non-Governmental Organizations and Natural Hazard Governance in Africa. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.332

Wangui, E. E., Smucker, T. A., Wisner, B., Lovell, E., Mascarenhas, A., Solomon, M., . . . Munishi, P. (2012). Integrated development, risk management and community-based climate change adaptation in a mountain-plains system in Northern Tanzania. Revue de Géographie Alpine, (100-1). doi:10.4000/rga.1701

Most Cited Publications