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R. James Bingen papers

Identifier: UA-17.308

Scope and Content

Some of the materials are in French.

Scope and Contents

The R. James Bingen papers consists of notes and documents gathered in Mali (1970s-2007) and in Senegal (1980s) about rural and agricultural development. Included are photocopies of Malian, Senegalese, Compagnie malienne pour le développement du textile (CMDT) and Française pour le Développement des Fibres Textiles (CFDT) documents. There are also records relating to the Michigan State University Senegal Agricultural Research Project through the Agency for International Development (AID). Some materials are in French.


  • Creation: 1939 - 2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

R. James Bingen was born August 4, 1943 in Decatur, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1966), his M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1967) and his Ph.D. from University of California-Los Angeles (1983).

Bingen and his wife, Linda, served in the Peace Corps in Benin from 1967-1969. He received a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellowship to study agricultural economics at Michigan State University and research in Mali (1975-1976).

From 1977-1979, he worked on the Sahel Development Program in the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, DC.

Bingen came to Michigan State University in 1979 as a specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics where he was project manager for the African Rural Economy Program until 1982. From 1983 to 1986, as assistant professor, he served as the MSU Field Project Director of the Senegal Agricultural Research and Planning Project in Dakar, Senegal. Bingen held a joint appointment as an associate professor with the Institute of International Agriculture from 1986-1989. He joined the Department of Resource Development in 1989. In 1996 he was appointed professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture and Resource Studies.

Other appointments that Bingen has held include acting director of the MSU African Studies Center (1994-1995), Visiting Scientist in the Rural Institutions and Participation Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2000 to 2001), and Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria (October 2009-January 2010).

Bingen is a professor emeritus of Community, Food and Agriculture in the Department of Community Sustainability since July 2013.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

R. James Bingen Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
August 2012
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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