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Elliott P. Skinner

AKA Elliott Percival Skinner

Born: 20-Jun-1924
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Died: 1-Apr-2007
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scholar, Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Upper Volta, 1966-69

Military service: US Army (1943-46)

Emigrated to the United States in 1943.

Sister: Patricia Smith
Sister: Bernice Walcott
Brother: Robert Skinner
Brother: Morris Skinner
Wife: Thelma (div. 1977)
Wife: Gwendolyn Mikell (dir. African Studies, Foreign Service School, Georgetown University, m. 1982)
Daughter: Gale Holland
Daughter: Luce Remy
Son: Victor Skinner
Son: Sagha Skinner
Son: Touray Skinner

    University: BA, New York University (1951)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1952)
    University: PhD, Columbia University (1955)
    Professor: Anthropology, New York University (1963-66)
    Professor: Anthropology, Columbia University (1966-94)
    Administrator: Chair of Anthropology, Columbia University (1972-75)
    Administrator: Board member, University of Bridgeport

    US Ambassador to Burkina Faso (1966-69)
    Council on Foreign Relations (1976-)
    Council of American Ambassadors
    Guggenheim Fellowship

Author of books:
The Mossi of the Upper Volta: The Political Development of a Sudanese People (1964, politics)
A Glorious Age in Africa: The Story of Three Great African Empires (1965, history)
African Urban life: The Transformation of Ouagadougou (1974, social studies)
African Americans and U.S. Policy Toward Africa, 1850-1924: In Defense of Black Nationality (1992, international affairs)

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