Fofana, Idriss

Field: International and Global; Advisor: Zelin; Year: 2014

Idriss Fofana is a Ph.D. student studying late nineteenth and early twentieth-century international and global history. His work focuses on the role that anti-colonial and anti-imperial movements in Asia and Africa played in the integration of non-Western societies into a public world order that originated in Europe. Idriss is especially interested in how the difficulty of gaining full membership in the emerging society of nations pushed Chinese and African activists to view themselves as allies for the first time and to exchange ideas. In addition to his Ph.D., Idriss is pursuing a law degree from Yale Law School where he is focusing on public international law and Chinese legal studies.

Originally from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Idriss earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 2011. His historical research as an undergraduate student explored trends of political radicalization among Chinese workers and students in France as well as French West African intellectuals in the early twentieth century. Prior to starting the J.D. Ph.D. program, Idriss studied at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China with the support of a grant from the China Scholarship Council and worked at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

Idriss is an avid tennis fan and an apprentice chef whose enthusiasm for cooking far surpasses his culinary skill. He also enjoys serving as a tutor and mentor for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.