Gregory Mann

Gregory Mann


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Phone: (212) 854-3168
Office Hours: Thursday 9:30-11am


Ph.D. — Northwestern University 2000
M.A. — Northwestern University 1995
B.A. — University of Georgia 1993

Interests and Research

Gregory Mann is an historian of West Africa. He is a co-editor of the Journal of African History.

His commentary on Mali and the contemporary Sahel has been featured in various outlets, notably the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and


  • West African History
  • Writing Contemporary African History
  • Africa and France (Global Core)
  • Islam in Africa
  • African Civilizations (Global Core)
  • Making African History: Between Field and Archive
  • Introduction to History and Historiography
  • Historiography of Africa
  • Neoliberal Africa


From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: the Road to Nongovernmentality (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the 20th century (Duke University Press, 2006)

Recent Articles

2015 -  “Experience as Evidence in Africanist Historiography,” History in Africa 42: 279-86; doi:10.1017/hia.2015.6

2015 - “From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: An Introduction,” Humanity 6, 2: 287-97

2015 - Janet Roitman and Kenneth Harrow, “An Interview with Gregory Mann,” Humanity 6, 2: 299-307

2013 - With Baz Lecocq, et al., “One Hippopotamus and Eight Blind Analysts: a Multivocal Analysis of the

2012 Political Crisis in the Divided Republic of Mali,” Review of African Political Economy, 1-15; doi: 10.1080/03056244.2013.799063

2013 - “Afropositivism,” Current Anthropology, ‘Hot Spots’ Forum: Mali.

2013 - “Anticolonialism and Social Science: Georges Balandier, Madeira Keita, and ‘the Colonial Situation’ in French Africa,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 55, 1: 92-119.

2012 - “Citizenship after Empire: Recognizing ‘French’ West Africans in Sudan,” in Maghreb et Sciences Sociales: De la Colonie à l’état-nation, constructions identiaires au Maghreb, Noureddine Amara, ed., Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (Tunis) and Karthala (Paris), 119-31.

2012 - "Knowing the Postcolony: Sociology and Socialist Government in 1960s Mali," In la Fabrique des Savoirs en Afrique subsaharienne, Didier Nativel and Daouda Gary-Tounakara, eds., Paris, Karthala: 91-108

2012 - "The Mess in Mali," Foreign Policy, April 5.

2009 - "What was the indigénat? The 'Empire of law' in French West Africa," Journal of African History 50, 3: 331-53.

2008 - "An Africanist's Apostasy: On Luise White's Speaking with Vampires," International Journal of African Historical Studies 41, 1: 117-21.

2007 - With Baz Lecocq, "Between Empire, umma, and Muslim Third World: The French Union and African Pilgrims to Mecca, 1946-1958," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 27, 2: 367-83.

2007 - "Colonialism Now: Contemporary Anti-colonialism and the facture coloniale," Politique Africaine 105: 181-200.

2005 - "Locating Colonial Histories: Between France and West Africa," American Historical Review 110, 2: 409-34.

2005 - "Des tirailleurs Sénégalais aux sans-papiers: Universaux et particularismes," In L'Esclavage, la Colonisation, et après?: France, Etats-Unis, Grande Bretagne, Patrick Weil and Stéphane Dufoix, eds. Presses Universitaires de la France: 411-36.

2003 - "Immigrants and Arguments in France and West Africa," Comparative Studies in Society and History 45, 2: 362-85.

2003 - "Violence, Dignity and Mali's New Model Army, 1960-68," Mande Studies 5: 65-82.

2003, “Modibo Keita’s Mali,” special issue co-edited with Baz Lecocq, Mande Studies 5