Robert Hanserd - Columbia College Chicago

Robert Hanserd

Assistant Professor


Robert Hanserd Ph.D., teaches History at Columbia College Chicago and earned his Ph.D. in History from Northern Illinois University in 2011. West African culture and history and its circulation throughout the Atlantic World (West Africa, America and Western Europe) have always been at the center of his academic work.

His research interests include Gold Coast and Bight of Benin cosmology and history, Afro-Atlantic inspirations to maroons’, free-blacks’ and slaves’ struggles for freedom and identity in the Caribbean and North America, and a range of topics related to African-American history and life.

Recent publications include Identity, Spirit and Freedom in the Atlantic World: The Gold Coast and the African Diaspora by Routledge Press in 2019 and editor of African Indigenous Systems by Sub-Saharan Publishers forthcoming in 2020.

Hanserd is a member of the African Studies Association, Ghana Studies Association, and presented his research on numerous panels and symposia. His other interests include Africana Diaspora study abroad programming, multi-media production, and public history.


B.A., History Drake University 1995
M.A., History Northern Illinois University 2000
Ph.D., History Northern Illinois University 2011