Visiting Assistant Professor, History
PhD, Columbia University, 2015
BA, Davidson College, 2005
John Straussberger teaches African History since 1500 CE, as well as seminars on the history of the "Third World," African Migration, and a freshman research methods course. His research focuses on nationalism, ethnicity, and migration in twentieth-century West Africa, and his current manuscript examines the entanglement of post-slavery, Fulbe ethnic identification, and post-colonial nation-making in twentieth-century Guinea. His interests also include research methods in post-colonial African archives, the incorporation of digital tools - including census databases and GIS mapping programs - in classroom instruction, and the history of African migration to the United States.
Spring 2016 Courses:
The "Third World" from Bandung to NGOs
The History of African Migration
“Fractures and Fragments: Finding Postcolonial Histories of Guinea in Local Archives," History in Africa 42 (2015),
"Storming the Citadel: Decolonization and Political Contestation in Guinea's Futa Jallon, 1945-1961," Journal of African History, forthcoming.