Lina Benabdallah

Assistant Professor

Office: Kirby 327
Phone: 758-7057







Areas of Expertise: International relations theory, international development, China-Africa relations foreign policy, South-South relations, African politics, and post-colonial theory.




Lina Benabdallah is assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Her current book project examines China’s multilateral foreign policy in continental Africa and seeks to theorize the power dynamics within the seemingly equal Global South diplomatic relations. Her fieldwork research areas include China, Ethiopia, and Kenya. At Wake Forest she teaches courses in international relations, African Studies, and international studies.


B.A.      2004, University of Batna
M.A.     2014, University of Florida
Ph.D.    2017, University of Florida

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Dept. of Politics and International Affairs, 2017- present;




Lina Benabdallah Curriculum Vitae




Pol 252c Rich and Poor Nations in the World System

This course examines why some nations develop at a quite fast pace while others – even when rich in natural resources – still lag behind.  Some of the themes explored throughout the course include probing the role and impact of colonial history, state-formation, civil conflicts and governance issues on economic growth and development. The course also aims at evaluating development models as seen in both the Washington Consensus through international institutions such as IMF and World bank, and the Beijing Consensus along with the new set of institutions established by China and other other emerging economies.