Earl P Scott

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  My Ph.D. dissertation is in the Carl Sauer-Roy Rapaport traditions.  It examined the cultural/ecological and economic relations between the Hausa and Fulani in Northern Nigeria, including the nature of farmers’ participation in periodic markets and the flows of cash and commodities between savanna and forest-based markets to determine their contributions toward advancements in human well-being.

My teaching and reporting have been grounded in foreign area research and social science survey methods.  My objectives have been to understand the lives of "ordinary" people and how they advance their own well-being, to understand the participation of ordinary citizens in urban and rural-based economies and how their participation can be assured through democratic rights, and to understand how households and small-scale enterprises, as the lowest units of civil society, empower themselves.  In pursuit of my objectives, I have conducted field research on small-scale enterprises in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda and I have visited many other sub-Saharan African countries.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1974.
  • M.A.: Geography, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1963.
  • B.A.: Geography, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1959.


  • Africa
  • cultural and economic geography
  • social survey methods
Courses Taught
  • Geog 3141 - Africa
  • Geog 3375 - Minority Settlement in America
  • Geog 3378 - Third World Underdevelopment and Modernization
  • Geog 5143 - Geography of West Africa
  • Geog 8001 - Pro-seminar on Nature and Society
  • Geog 8007 - Pro-seminar on Theories of Development and Change
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, African-American and African Studies: 2005


  • Small-scale urban enterprises in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Uganda: a comparative analysis
  • Settlement patterns of recent African immigrants: the established "Black Belt" of the South and Southeastern U.S.
  • Home-based enterprises, landscape and human well-being in rural Zimbabwe. Scott, Earl, 1998.
  • Home-based industries: an alternative strategy for household security in rural Zimbabwe. Scott, Earl, Dec-90.
  • Women street caterers: Gaborone's colorful street-side restaurants. Scott, Earl, 1998.
  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation fellow
  • Fulbright Scholar Award