Richard Mbih

Richard Mbih

Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies

102 Willard Building

Phone: (814) 865-9496


Office Hours:

  • Mondays 1-3pm and by appointment
Area(s) of Specialization: Agro-pastoralism and food security, environmental change and society, natural resource conflicts, political ecology, sustainability, Sub-Saharan Africa, and international development


Richard A Mbih is an Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies in the African Studies Program at Penn State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Social Sciences from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research focuses on agro-pastoralism and food system, natural resource conflicts, political ecology, environment and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Richard’s research falls within the context of food-energy-water nexus, with emphasis on agro-pastoral sustainability, food and environmental security, and community development. His work critically examines the benefits of crop-livestock integration on rural African communities with case study in Northwest Cameroon. Through his field research experience in Cameroon, Richard has established collaborations with researchers and development partners in the University of Bamenda, University of Yaoundé 1, and with local development organizations promoting agro-pastoral production and rural development such as the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA) involved in agro-pastoral production and community development among Fulani pastoralists, and the Upper Noun Valley Development Authority (UNVDA) involved in paddy rice production in Northwest Cameroon.