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LAS Global Studies
703 S. Wright Street
3rd Floor, MC-301
Champaign, IL 61820

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Professor Tom Bassett has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1984. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and graduated from the Brooks School in N. Andover, Mass (1972). He has a B.A. degree in English from Tufts University (1976), and a M.A. degree (1979) and PhD degree (1984) in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Bassett teaches courses on globalization, environment and development, political ecology, and geographic information systems and society. He has published 8 books and some 60 journal articles on his research.

Research Interests

Bassett's research centers on the political ecology of agrarian change in West Africa. Since 1981 he has carried out research on land rights system, the social and agricultural history of cotton, and land use and land cover change in the West African savanna with emphasis on Côte d’Ivoire.


Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
M.A., University of California-Berkeley
B.A., English, Tufts University


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Research Output

Limits of the New Green Revolution for Africa: Reconceptualising gendered agricultural value chains

Gengenbach, H., Schurman, R. A., Bassett, T. J., Munro, W. A. & Moseley, W. G., Jun 2018, In : Geographical Journal. 184, 2, p. 208-214 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
  • Power Relations and Upgrading in the Cashew Value Chain of Côte d'Ivoire

    Bassett, T. J., Koné, M. & Pavlovic, N. R., Sep 2018, In : Development and Change. 49, 5, p. 1223-1247 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cattle and trees in the West African savanna

    Bassett, T. J. & Boutrais, J., Nov 30 2017, Contesting Forestry in West Africa. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 242-263 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Le boom de l’anacarde dans le bassin cotonnier du Nord ivoirien: Structures de marché et prix à la production

    Bassett, T., Jan 1 2017, In : Afrique Contemporaine. 263-264, 3-4, p. 59-83 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Mapping for investability: Remaking land and maps in Lesotho

    Fogelman, C. & Bassett, T. J., Jun 2017, In : Geoforum. 82, p. 252-258 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle