• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
Herve Some Portrait

Touorizou Hervé Somé

Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Chair of Educational Studies Department

[email protected]
Office: Todd Wehr 308

Basic Information


  • Master’s degree in business with a specialization in project management (online), Aspen University, Denver, Colorado, 2015.
  • Ph.D. Social Foundations of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2007
  • Fulbright Scholar, Intensive Program for Education Administrators, ELO of SUNY, Buffalo, 2000
  • B.A.  Sociology-Anthropology, University of Ouagadougou, 2001
  • Teacher Trainer Certification, Ecole Normale Superieure de Koudougou (ENSK) Burkina Faso, West Africa  1996-1997
  • Secondary Teacher Certification, l”Institut des Sciences de l’Education (INSE), Burkina Faso, 1989-1990
  • M.A. African Literature, 1988
  • B.A. African Literature, 1987

Courses Taught

  • EDU 175.01   Critical Perspectives from Africa and its Diaspora
  • EDU 329.01   Meeting the Needs of English as a Second Language & English Language Learners
  • EDU 412.01   Philosophical and Social Issues in Education
  • EDU 441.01   Student Teaching: Elementary
  • EDU 461.01   Student Teaching: Secondary
  • EDU 481.01   Student Teaching: Intercultural


Awards & Honors

  • Scholarly Artistic Grant, fall 2016
  • Comparative International Education Society New Scholar Dissertation Project Grant Award, January 2006
  • Diversity Fellowship at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, June 2005-August 2007
  • Fulbright Grant for Intensive Program for Education Administrators from Lusophone and Francophone African countries, ELI of SUNY at Buffalo, 2000


  • "Understanding Adolescent Immigrants: Moving Toward an Extraordinary Discourse for Extraordinary Youth", 176 pages, August 29, 2016. Lexington Books often solicits independent reviews of manuscripts.
  • Book Chapter: "Community- Driven Alternatives to Education in the Neoliberal Context of Burkina Faso", in Ngoni Makuvaza and Edward Shiza, "Rethinking African Education in the 21st Century Global Space: Post-colonial discourses", Sense Publications, Boston: MA, pp. 183-203.
  • Somé, T.H., (2015). Vers un partage des couts de l' Enseignment Superieur en Afrique Francophone [Of cost sharing in higher education in Francophone Africa]. In ASSEMPE & UNESCO. The Univeristy of Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
  • Opinion pieces, “General Diendere's game is up!” on Sept. 18, 2015, and “Amnisty or amnesia for the coup plotters: what an insult to the intelligence of the people!” on Sept. 24, 2015, both in Lefaso.net, and online journal in Burkina Faso, and Netafrique.net, a West African online journal.
  • Book chapter: Touorizou Herve Some, Martial Dembele & Fernand Ouedraogo. 2015. "Burkina Faso: Trends and Futures." In Emefa J. Takyi-Amoako, Education in West Africa: Education around the World. Bloomsbury:New York/London, UK.
  • Book chapter: Martial Dembele, Touorizou Herve Some & Fernand Ouedraogo. 2015. Burkina Faso: An Overview. In Emefa J. Takyi-Amoako, Education in West Africa: Education around the World. Bloomsbury:New York/London, UK.
  • Somé, T.H., Orelus, Pierre, co-editors (2015). Immigration and Schooling: Redefining 21st Century America.
  • Somé, T.H. (2013). “A Diploma for a Debt: Students’ Perceptions of their Loans Programs in Burkina Faso”, in Edward Shizha & Ali A. Abdi (eds.), Indigenous Discourses on Knowledge and Development in Africa. NY: Routledge.
  • Somé, T.H. (2012). The invisibility of a visible minority: Where are the African students on the USA campuses? In O.B. Lawuyi & C. Ukpokolo, Space, Transformation and Representation: Reflections on University Culture. Goldline & Jacobs Publishers, pp. 83-111.
  • Somé, T.H. (2012). Cost sharing and global institutions: The perception of the World Bank by students at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In O.B. Lawuyi & C. Ukpokolo, Space, Transformation and Representation: Reflections on University Culture.  Goldline & Jacobs Publishers, pp. 1206.
  • Somé, T.H. (2011). In search of sources other-than-governmental in the financing of African higher education: A word of caution beyond the gains.Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 9(1), 73-98.
  • Somé, T.H. (2011). The magnificent elephant that was promised showed up lame: The Ten-Year Development Plan of Basic Education and Education for All in Burkina Faso. In C. Malott & B. Porfilio, Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-First Century: A New Generation of Scholars. Charlotte, NC.: Information Age Publishing, pp. 161-186.
  • Somé, T.H. (2010). Popular music and neoliberal globalization in Burkina Faso: Counterhegemonic possibilities and limits of a youth movement. In B. Porfilio &Paul Carr (Eds.), Youth Culture, Education and Resistance: Subverting the Commercial Ordering of Life. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 149-164.
  • Somé, T.H. (2010). Understanding student resistance to cost sharing in a resource-poor country: The case of the University of Ouagadougou. In Chandrasekhar Putcha, Mathematic Formulation of Poverty Index: How we measure poverty in different nations around the world. New York: Mellen Edwin Press, pp. 109-126.
  • Somé, T.H. (2009). global and neoliberal forces in education: The struggle of education workers. In Dave Hill and Ellen Rossksam, The Developing World and State Education: Neoliberal Depredation and Egalitarian Alternatives. NY: Routledge, pp. 162-178.
  • Belete, M., Hamza, H. & Somé, T.H. (2008). Educating the African Newcomer Student in Western New York: The Case of SIFE and Multilingual Learner. In C.S.Sunal & K. Mutua, Undertaking Educational Challenges in the 21st Century: Research from the Field. Charlotte, NC: Information Age publishing, pp. 23-46.
  • Somé, T.H. (2008). Student loan programs in Ghana and Burkina Faso: How to square the circle. In Abdi, Ali & Guo, Shibao (Eds.), Education and Social Development: Global Issues and Analyses. The Netherlands: Sense Publication, pp. 23-46.
  • Somé, T. & Gueye, B. (2008). Neoliberalism and educaiton in Senegal and Burkina Faso: Silencing the African mind. In Malott,C. & Porfilio, B. (2008),The Destructive path of Neoliberalism: An International Examination of Education. NY: Sense Publishing.
  • Somé, T.H. (2006). Gender bias in education in Burkina Faso: Who calls the tune? Who pays the piper? Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 1, Alberta University. http://www.jcie.com//
  • Somé, T.H. (2005). When private forces go poaching in the public orchard. Whither the “public” in education in Burkina Faso and the USA? Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 3 (2). htpp://www.jceps.com//


Areas of Interest

  • Financing higher education in developing countries with a focus on Africa
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Globalization and neoliberalism in education in Africa
  • Education of African students in the United States



  • "Community- Driven Alternatives to Education in the Neoliberal Context of Burkina Faso," Comparative International Education Society Conference, 2017