The field of African history ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries covers the eras of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the colonial period, and decolonization. Regionally, our specializations are Francophone North Africa, Lusophone Central Africa, and Anglophone South Africa. Global considerations in our research include the Atlantic World, the Portuguese, French, and British empires, scientific networks, and anti-colonial movements.  Brown’s Africanist historians have conducted research in Algeria, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Topical interests include empire, slavery, trade, public heath and medicine, settler societies, political movements, science, and environment.

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