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Thabiti Willis

Associate Professor of History, History

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

  • Spring 2024
    HIST 282: History, Culture, and Commerce Africa and Arabia Program: African Diaspora in Arabia
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    HIST 283: History, Culture, and Commerce Africa and Arabia Program: Thinking Historically in the Present
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    HIST 284: History, Culture, and Commerce Africa and Arabia Program: Heritage in Africa and Arabia
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    HIST 285: History, Culture, and Commerce Africa and Arabia Program: Critical Historical Research