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Colonialism & Postcolonialism History Research

Africa and Asia world map

The nature and experiences of colonialism and post-colonialism are key dynamics in the making and remaking of the modern world. At their heart, they are defined by power relations and their legacies. Some historians researching this topic explore the various manifestations of the colonial encounter in a specific or comparative geographic context. They also explore the ways this encounter produces individuals, social groups, dominant discourses, and institutional relations. Other historians take as their starting point the process of decolonization and the question of post-colonialism. These historians analyze the ways in which identities, social relations, and institutional arrangements are remade in the context of a redefined sense of borders, identities, and the distribution of political and economic power. More detailed information about below-listed faculty can be found on their faculty biography pages.

Patrick Barr-Melej

  • Latin America; Modern Period
  • Chile
  • Cultural Politics; Intellectual History

John Brobst

  • Europe; Modern Period
  • British Empire
  • Geopolitics; Naval History

Mariana Dantas

  • Atlantic World; Early Modern Period
  • Colonial British and Latin America
  • African Diaspora; Family History

Alec G. Holcombe

  • Southeast Asia; Modern Period
  • Vietnam
  • Colonialism; Socialist Reconstruction

Victoria Lee

  • Science and Technology; Modern Period
  • Japan
  • East Asia; Environment; Craft and Political Economy