Claudena Skran (she/her)

Headshot of Prof. Claudena Skran
Campus Address
Briggs Hall
Room 214
Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science and Professor of Government

Claudena Skran is Professor of Government and the Edwin and Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science, and Chair of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship program.

My teaching focuses on international politics, social entrepreneurship, international organizations (including both the UN and NGOs), and global issues such as refugees, gender, health, and sustainable development.  I have also guided many students through senior projects, especially using qualitative research methods.

I have published widely on the topics of refugees, refugee entrepreneurship, humanitarian assistance, and refugee law. My book, Refugees in Interwar Europe: The Emergence of a Regime (Oxford University Press: 1995) focused on the early phase of the international refugee regime. I have recently coedited a special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies, ‘Rethinking Refugee Self-Reliance,’ Vol. 33, No. 1, 2020, and authored an article on the sustainability of refugee enterprises in Sierra Leone.

As the founder of KidsGive, a scholarship program for children in Sierra Leone affiliated with Lawrence University, I work with a diverse team of students, alums, and friends to translate their desire for social change into positive action.

One of my passions is learning through meaningful travel.  I have guided over 20 different groups in “travelling classrooms” to places as diverse as China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom. I particularly enjoy teaching undergraduates about community engaged research in a global setting.

DPhil, International Relations, Oxford University

BA, International Relations, Michigan State University
Years at Lawrence