This collection comprises the papers of Gerald J. Bender, a professor of international relations at USC from 1979 to 2011
and director of the School of International Relations from 1986 to 1991. Bender was a foremost expert on the study of politics,
languages, and culture of Angola and Southern Africa generally, with a particular interest in United States foreign policy
toward the region. The Gerald J. Bender papers contain Bender's personal, professional, and USC correspondence; files on Bender's
research, consultancies, and projects (including his work with oil companies in southern Africa); teaching materials relating
to the USC School of International Relations; an extensive collection of news clippings on topics relating to Southern Africa;
some realia and graphic materials; and manuscripts, published papers, and research proposals authored by Bender and/or his
Gerald J. Bender (1941-2017) was a professor at the USC School of International Relations who specialized in the politics,
history, and languages of Portuguese-speaking African countries, with an emphasis on Angola. Born and raised in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, he became interested in African politics during his undergraduate studies when he lived in Nigeria to complete
a summer research study on community development. In 1963, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from
the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and obtained his Master's and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles
in 1967. He became a research fellow in the African Studies Center at UCLA, where he spearheaded the grant-funded Portuguese
Africa Project from 1971 to 1975. In 1979, he joined the faculty at the USC School of International Relations where he would
teach for three decades until his retirement in 2011. From 1986 to 1991, he was appointed as the director of the school. He
received seven teaching awards during his career at USC, including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in
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