Center for the History of Global Development

Dena Freeman

Dena Freeman is Distinguished Professor of Global Studies at Shanghai University. She received her BA and MA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to coming to Shanghai she taught at the London School of Economics, University College London and Cambridge University.
Dena Freeman's research focuses on globalization, development, inequality, democracy and religion. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in a wide variety of settings including in a village in rural Ethiopia, inside an international relief and development NGO, and at the United Nations. Her current research explores alternative conceptualizations of development and world order, with a focus on subaltern globalist visions.
she is the author or editor of five books, including Can Globalization Succeed? (Thames & Hudson, 2020), Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development (London: Routledge, 2019), and Initiating Change in Highland Ethiopia: Causes of Consequences of Cultural Transformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).