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Columbia College Chicago
Robert Hanserd

Robert Hanserd

Robert Hanserd, PhD, is a Lecturer of History in the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. Dr. Hanserd earned his Ph.D. in History from Northern Illinois University in 2011. West African culture and history and its circulation throughout the Atlantic (West African, American and European) World have always been at the center of his academic interest. On-site analysis is essential and he uses oral, field, archival and other evidence to investigate African and Black Atlantic themes. This merges insights of history, anthropology, ethnography and other disciplines to study trans-Atlantic interactions. His graduate work included study of pre-colonial West African origins of Gold Coast and Bight of Benin political culture and cosmological inspirations to maroons’, free-blacks’ and slaves’ struggles for freedom in the Caribbean and North America during the Age of Revolutions and Emancipation.

Upcoming publications will contribute scholarship related to Atlantic culture from a West African starting point. This includes submission of a journal entry to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography published by Oxford University Press and completion of a book review for African American Review published by John Hopkins University Press in 2014. A manuscript under development, “Gold Coast, Jamaica and New York: Identities, Spiritualties and Freedom in the Atlantic” emphasizes spirituality and history alongside exchanges of commoditized bodies in well-known discourses of Gold Coast culture in Atlantic locales. This semester Dr. Hanserd will work with a student at Columbia College Chicago through the Undergraduate Mentorship Research Initiative (UMRI) to edit and develop video segments of a documentary anthology of Atlantic history and culture. His research has been presented at the American Historical Association Conference, African Studies Association and Jamaica's Fiftieth Independence Anniversary Conference at the University of the West Indies.

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Dr. Robert Hanserd
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL