This Spring Dr. Orr will be offering a new graduate class, the department’s first class on African History.
The class is a graduate-level introduction to nineteenth-and twentieth-century African history and will look at the continent’s political, military and social history. This is a region which is often underrepresented in world history classes and it is a rare historical field in which there is a shortage of qualified professors. Being able to credibly claim to be able to teach a basic undergraduate course in African history can be a major benefit on the job market and having some background in African history will help you to teach world history courses as well as classes on topics like the Cold War. Given the importance of the Ebola outbreak and the rise of Boko Haram this is an especially timely moment to study African history.