Thomas Zuber

Field: Africa
Advisor: Greg Mann
Year: 2016


Thomas is a first-year doctoral student in African history. His research focuses on the history of development and social welfare in 19th and 20th century West Africa.

Prior to starting his PhD at Columbia, Thomas served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin - working as a secondary school teacher and health extension adviser in the North of the country. He completed a Master’s in International Development at Fordham University, focusing his research on food security programs in Burkina Faso. He has a B.A. in History from New York University.

His proposed thesis project is to analyze the shifting role of social work and social workers for the late-colonial to the independent period (1930’s-1970’s) in Burkina Faso and Ghana.