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Elliott P. Skinner

AKA Elliott Percival Skinner

Born: 20-Jun-1924
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died: 1-Apr-2007
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scholar, Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Upper Volta, 1966-69

Military service: US Army (1943-46)

Emigrated to the United States in 1943.

Sister: Patricia Smith
Sister: Bernice Walcott
Brother: Robert Skinner
Brother: Morris Skinner
Wife: Thelma (div. 1977)
Wife: Gwendolyn Mikell (dir. African Studies, Foreign Service School, Georgetown University, m. 1982)
Daughter: Gale Holland
Daughter: Luce Remy
Son: Victor Skinner
Son: Sagha Skinner
Son: Touray Skinner

    University: BA, New York University (1951)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1952)
    University: PhD, Columbia University (1955)
    Professor: Anthropology, New York University (1963-66)
    Professor: Anthropology, Columbia University (1966-94)
    Administrator: Chair of Anthropology, Columbia University (1972-75)
    Administrator: Board member, University of Bridgeport

    US Ambassador to Burkina Faso (1966-69)
    Council on Foreign Relations (1976-)
    Council of American Ambassadors
    Guggenheim Fellowship

Author of books:
The Mossi Of The Upper Volta: The Political Development Of A Sudanese People (1964)
A Glorious Age in Africa: The Story of Three Great African Empires (1968, African studies, with Daniel Chu)
Drums & Shadows: Survival Studies Among the Georgia Coastal Negroes (1972)
Peoples and Cultures of Africa: An Anthropological Reader (1973, anthropology, ed.)
African Urban Life: The Transformation of Ouagadougou (1974)
Strangers in African Societies (1979, African studies, ed. with William A. Shack)
Transformation and Resiliency in Africa (1983, African studies, with Pearl T. Robinson)
Beyond Constructive Engagement: United States Foreign Policy toward Africa (1986, political science, ed.)
African Americans & US Policy Toward Africa, 1850-1924: In Defence of Black Nationality (1992)


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