professor of political science, Savannah State University
Benn L. Bongang is a professor of political science and former chairman of the department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA. He completed in April 2014 a year as a scholar of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of the University System of Georgia. He was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Boston University in 1992/93. Bongang also worked at the United Nations Radio and at the U.N. Department of Disarmament Affairs in New York. Before he relocated to the United States, Bongang worked for several years as a Journalist for Radio and as a TV Producer/Director for the Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation (CRTV).
Prof. Bongang earned degrees in both Journalism and International Studies: a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon; a post-graduate diploma in Television production and directing; a Master of Science Degree (MS) in Journalism from Boston University as well as M.A. and Ph.D degrees in International Studies from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
During most of the 1980s, Bongang travelled and worked in Bostwana; at Radio Nederland, the Dutch international broadcasting station, and in Berlin, Germany among others, His TV documentary “Through Northern Eyes” was bought by German Television. He was the first executive – producer of “Tam-Tam Weekend,” a popular live TV Magazine show on CRTV, the Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation.
Bongang’s first book, “The United States and the United Nations: Congressional Funding and United Nations Reform” was published in 2007 by LFB Scholarly of New York. He regularly appears on WTOC Television “Tate Show” in Savannah. His views have been cited in other media outlets such as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Des Moines Register, and Savannah Morning News. Bongang writes and lectures about media and politics, African politics, and international affairs. He currently serves on the Board of the Savannah Council on World Affairs.