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Thabiti Willis

Associate Professor of History, History
Director of Africana Studies, Africana Studies

Education & Professional History

Clark Atlanta University, BA; Cornell University, MPS; Emory University, MA, PhD

As an associate professor of African history (and of the African diaspora) at Carleton College, I explore the cultural and social factors that have shaped the history of Africans and their descendants in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds. I reflect on how historical actors imagine the past to shape the present and future in my research and teaching. And as a scholar of Africana Studies (focusing on the global experience of African peoples and their cultural productions), I find many parallels in the ways that people narrate the past, constuct identity, and, like artists, act with an awareness of an audience.


At Carleton since 2010.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    AFST 100: Gender and Sex in African History
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    AFST 400: Integrative Exercise
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    HIST 281: War in Modern Africa
  • Winter 2021
    AFST 398: Africana Studies Capstone
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    AFST 400: Integrative Exercise
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    HIST 398: Advanced Historical Writing
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    HIST 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Spring 2021
    AFST 400: Integrative Exercise
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    HIST 183: History of Early West Africa
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    HIST 383: Africa's Colonial Legacies
  • Fall 2021
    AFST 100: Gender and Sex in African History
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    HIST 181: West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
  • Winter 2022
    HIST 184: Colonial West Africa
  • Spring 2022
    HIST 282: History, Culture, and Commerce Program: Zanzibar’s Indian Ocean Links
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    HIST 284: History, Culture and Commerce Program: Heritage in Africa and Arabia
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    HIST 285: History, Culture and Commerce Program: Critical Historical Research