FRANCIS MADING DENG, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, was the 2006-2007 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies. Before joining MIT he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.
Ambassador Deng served from 1992-2004 as the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General. He also served as Sudan's Ambassador to Canada, the Scandinavian countries and the United States, and was Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He resigned from the foreign service in 1983 to protest Sudan's growing orientation toward Islamic fundamentalism.
Ambassador Deng is a scholar of indigenous cultures and the role of tradition in development, the politics and conflicts of identity in the Sudan, conflict management and the challenges of nation building in Africa, and the global crisis of internal displacement. He has been involved in numerous peace efforts and has collaborated with prominent mediators, including President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He is the author of several books about the Dinka of Sudan, and has written or co-authored numerous other volumes, including: Protecting the Dispossessed: A Challenge for the International Community; Conflict Resolution in Africa; Masses in Flight: the Crisis of Internal Displacement; Human Rights in Africa; and Forsaken People: Case Studies of the Internally Displaced.
His doctoral dissertation at Yale Law School, published by Yale University Press in 1971, received the 1972 Herskovits Award, given every year by the African Studies Association to the best book on African Studies published the year before. His biography of his father, The Man Called Deng Majok: A Biography of Power, Polygyny, and Change, published by Yale University Press in 1986, was also nominated for the Herskovits Award, in 1987. His book, Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, co-authored with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'Im, received the 1990 Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Publishing. Deng is the co-recipient with Roberta Cohen of the 2005 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, for their work on international response to the global crisis of internal displacement.