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Straussberger, John (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: MH 0183
Phone: 239-590-7424

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Columbia University:
PhD in African History, 2015
M.Phil in History, 2012
M.A. in History, 2010

Davidson College:
B.A.. in History and Anthropology, 2005

Research and Teaching Interests

Twentieth-century African Politics; Socialism and Nationalism; Ethnicity and Political Violence; Migration and Citizenship; Digital Humanities and GIS Mapping

Courses Offered

AFH 3200 – Modern African History
AFH 6256 – Africa in World History
AFH 3257 – The "Third World"
AFH 3254 – Gender and Sexuality in African History
AFH 4515 – Migration in African History
HIS 3930 – Nations and Nationalism
AFH 6256 – Africa in World History
WOH 1030 – World Civilization since 1815


Book Manuscript in Preparation
  • Ready for the Revolution: Nationalism and Ethnicity in Twentieth-century Guinea

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • "Storming the Citadel: Decolonization and Political Contestation in Guinea's Futa Jallon, 1945-1961," Journal of African History 57, no. 2 (2016): 231-249.
  • "Fractures and Fragments: Finding Postcolonial Histories on Guinea in Local Archives" History in Africa 42 (2015): 299-307.
  • With Angela Gennocro, "Peers and Colleagues: Collaborative Class Design through Student-Faculty Partnerships," in Student-Faculty Partnership: Building Courage, Confidence, and Capacity in Learning and Teaching, edited by Alison Cook-Sather and Chanelle Wilson

Conference Presentations

Recent Conference Presentations:
  • "Traitors to the Nation: Labor Migrants and Socialist Citizenship in Guinea's First Republic," African Studies Association Annual Conference, 2019
  • "Socialism, Migration, and Citizenship during Guinea's First Republic," European Conference on African Studies, 2019
  • "Mapping African Communities in the United States: An Introduction," FGCU Honors Faculty Symposium, Spring 2019
  • "How International, Transnational, and Global History Conquered the World," 2018, Columbia University Heyman Center Conference in Honor of Adam McKeown
  • "Between Balkanization and the World: Exile Networks and Political Histories of Twentieth-century West Africa," 2018, Columbia University Heyman Center Conference in Honor of Adam McKeown
  • "'A traitor and sold to colonialism!': Post-colonial Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana in Sékou Touré's Guinea, 1958-1984," African Studies Association Annual Conference, 2017

Grants & Awards

Faculty Fellow, Honors College, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019-
Seidler Student/Faculty Scholarly Collaboration Fellowship, 2019
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2014-2015
Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Scholars Fellowship (declined), 2014-2015
Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Doctoral Exchange Fellowship, 2012-2013
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences International Travel Fellowship, 2012-2013
Columbia University Richard Hofstadter Fellowship, 2008-2014
Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Grant, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
U.S. Dept. of Education Title VI FLAS Fellowship (Pulaar), 2009-2010
U.S. Dept. of Education Title VI FLAS Fellowship (Pulaar), 2008-2009