Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada

Dr. Johnson W. Makoba
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1983
B.A., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1978

Dr. Johnson W. Makoba is an Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He has been teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1990.

Dr. Makoba is the author of two books on development in Sub-Saharan Africa and has also published several book chapters and articles in the International Journal of Sociology of Law, Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, Austrian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, African Development, and other scholarly journals. In 1996, Dr. Makoba established the Foundation for Credit and Community Assistance or FOCCAS Uganda, a microfinance institution. He currently heads the "Microfinance and Development" subsection of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

His areas of specialization include race and ethnic relations, organizations and bureaucracies, Third World development, and African State NGO relations Studies. He is currently engaged in research on the role of the nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and other issues in third world development studies.

Selected Publications
Makoba, Johnson W. (2011). Rethinking Development Strategies in Africa: The Triple Partnership as an Alternative Approach—The Case of Uganda. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

Makoba, Johnson W. (2010). "Globalization and Marginalization of Labor: Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa." In Berch Berberoglu (Ed.). Globalization in the 21st Century. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Co-authored with Elavie Ndura "Education for Social Change in Burundi and Rwanda: Creating a National Identity Beyond the Politics of Ethnicity", in Santosh C. Saha (ed.), Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Change in Africa and other Developing Countries: A Constructive Discourse in state Building. Lanham, Maryland; Lexington Books, 2008.

Co-authored with Elavie Ndura "The Roots of Contemporary Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Burundi", in Santosh C. Saha (ed.), Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict: Primal Violence or the Politics of Conviction? Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2006.

"Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and Third World Development: An Alternative Approach to Development," Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XIX, No. 1 (Spring 2002): 53-63.

Co-authored with Mathebela E. Ntebeng, "Affirmative Action Policy and the Search for Racial Equality in Post-Apartheid South Africa," India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, Vol. LVIII, No. 1 (January-March, 2002): 165-176.

Government Policy and Public Enterprise Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case Studies of Tanzania and Zamibia, 1964-84 (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Prsess, 1998).

"Toward the Commercialization of Microfinance Institutions: A Global Phenomenon," in the Austrian Journal of Development Studies, JEP XVII/3, 4, 2001: 353-363.

"Rethinking Current Explanations of Political Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Third World Studies, XVI, 2, Fall, 1999, 61-73.

"Beyond the State-Market Debate: The Role of the State and Market in Third World Economic Development," Austrian Journal of Development Studies, XII, 4, 1996, 447-461.

"Public Control and Public Enterprise Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Tanzania and Zambia," Africa Development, XVIII, 3, Sept.-Oct. 1993, 37-59.

"Toward a General Theory of Social Exchange," Social Behavior and Personality, 21, 3, 1993, 227-240.

"On the Use and Application of Legal Concepts in the Study of Non-Western Societies," International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 20, 3, Sept. 1992, 201-223.


Dr. Makoba's Curriculum Vitae