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Makhroufi Ousmane Traoré

Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
With Pomona Since: 2016
  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Ousmane Traoré’s research focuses on the history of imperialism and colonialism in Africa. His research interests also include the place of trans-Saharan Africa in world history, slavery in Africa and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

    Using a global perspective, his work analyzes diplomatic relations and negotiations at the heart of the early and modern cross-cultural encounters between West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

    He is currently working on two books, respectively titled: Lat-Sukaabé Faal and the Atlantic World: Rise of the Wolof Ethnic-State in an Era of Global Connections, 1488 to 1720, and Assassinations, Affection, and Negotiations: The Soninké People of Senegambia in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1732 to 1848.

    Research Interests

    Slavery in Africa
    Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery
    Imperialism and Colonialism in Africa
    African Diaspora

    Areas of Expertise

    Early Modern Africa
    Society and Islam in sub-Saharan Africa
    Slavery in Africa
    Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery
    Imperialism and Empire