International Studies

Dr. Lesley Daspit

Dr. Daspit in Africa



910 962-3109


Teaching Lab 2106


International Studies

601 South College Road

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28403-5629


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Purdue University 2011
    Dissertation: Market Women in a Central African Forest Reserve: Engendering Wildlife Commerce and Conservation
  • M.S. in Experimental Psychology and Primate Behavior, Central Washington University 2003
    Thesis: Folkbiology of Bofi Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa: Indigenous Knowledge of Forest Animals
  • B.A. in Anthropology; Minor in Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington

Research and Teaching Interests:
Dr. Daspit's research interests include political ecology, global development, food security, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Courses Taught:

  • INT 105 - Introduction to International Studies
  • INT 230 – Sustainability: from Global Goals to Local Actions
  • INT 314 – International NGOs, Globalization, & Development
  • INT 330 - Topics in Africa
  • INT 331 - The Environment and Development in Africa
  • INT 332 - Global Politics of Food: An African Perspective

  • INT 333 - China in Africa
  • INT 360 - Global Development: African Perspectives

  • INT 490 - Senior Seminar in International Studies


  • Jost Robinson, C. J., L. L. Daspit, and M. J. Remis. 2016. "Monkeys on the menu? Reconciling patterns of primate hunting and consumption in a central African Village," in Ethnoprimatology: Primate conservation in the 21st century, 47-61. Edited by M. Waller.  New York: Springer.
  • Daspit, L. L. 2014.  “Losing paradise: War comes to a biodiversity hotspot.”  Fieldsights - Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology.

  • Jost Robinson, C. A., L. L. Daspit, and M. J. Remis. 2011. Multi-faceted approaches to understanding changes in wildlife and livelihoods in a forest system: A case study from the Central African Republic. Environmental Conservation 38: 247-55.