Office: 139 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., History, University of California-Los Angeles, 1999
Fields of interest
Dr. Laumann is a specialist in West African history, especially the history of Ghana;
colonialism; oral history; and Marxist theory and history.
He is a United States Fulbright Scholar and Research Affiliate of the University of
Ghana. Dr. Laumann serves on the Advisory Board of the Ghana Studies Association and
as co-editor of the academic journal Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana.
Dr. Laumann teaches the following courses: History of Africa to 1500; History of Africa
since 1500; History of West Africa and the African Atlantic Diaspora; History of South
Africa; African Women's History. He also offers graduate seminars in African history
as well as undergraduate honors courses on various topics related to Africa, the African
Diaspora, and Marxism. In addition, Dr. Laumann directs the Memphis Study Abroad Program
to Ghana (http://www.memphis.edu/aaas/ghana/index.htm).
He has received numerous teaching honors, including the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation's
Excellence in Teaching Award; the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College
of Arts and Sciences; the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Honors
Program; and the Advisor of the Year Award from The University of Memphis.
Dr. Laumann is affiliated with the university’s African and African American Studies
Program: http://cassian.memphis.edu/isc/aaas/ and the Helen Hardin Honors Program: http://www.memphis.edu/honors/index.php.
- Colonial Africa, 1884-1994 (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- Remembering the Germans in Ghana (Peter Lang, in press)
Journal articles and book chapters
- "Narratives of a 'Model Colony': German Togoland in Written and Oral Histories," German Colonialism and National Identity, edited by Michael Perraudin and Jürgen Zimmerer (Routledge, 2011), 278-291
- "Identity, Memory, and Oral History: German Colonialism and Ewe Ethnicity in Ghana,"
Africa and the West, 8 (April 2010), 129-161
- "Domination and Resistance: Epidemic and Exile in the German Togoland Colony," Afrika Zamani, No. 17 (2009), 1-16
- "Che Guevara's Visit to Ghana," Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, New Series No. 9 (2005), 61-74
- "The History of the Ewe of Togo and Benin from Pre-Colonial Times," in The Ewe of Togo and Benin, edited by Benjamin Lawrence (Woeli Publishing, 2005), 14-28
- "Togo: Colonial Period: German Rule" and "Aja-Speaking Peoples: Aja, Fon, and Ewe,
17th & 18th Centuries," Encyclopedia of African History, edited by Kevin Shillington (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2005)
- "A Historiography of German Togoland, or the Rise and Fall of a 'Model Colony,'" History
in Africa 30 (2003), 195-211
- "Boniface I. Obichere, Pan-Africanism, and African History," Ufahamu 29, no. 1 (Winter 2001), 11-18
- "Compradores-in-arms: the Fante Confederation Project, 1868-1871," Ufahamu 21:1-2 (Winter/Spring 1993), 120-36
- The Hot 'Cold War': the USSR in Southern Africa by Vladimir Shubin (Pluto Press, 2008), Journal of African History, Vol. 52, Number
3 (2011), 414-416.
- Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization
of the New South by Andrew Zimmerman (Princeton University Press, 2010), Journal of African History,
Vol. 51, Number 3 (2010), 412-414.
- Colonial Conscripts: The Tirailleurs Sénégalais in French West Africa by Myron Echenberg (Heinemann, 1991), Ufahamu 21:3 (Fall 1993), 80-2.
Dr. Laumann's current projects include a monograph on the history of Ghana, co-authored
with Dr. Kofi Baku of the University of Ghana, and a study on links between the Communist
Party USA and African liberation movements.