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Dennis Laumann

Associate Professor

[Dennis Laumann]

Office: 139 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.3392
Fax: 901.678.2720

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.

Courses taught

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 (

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: and the Helen Hardin Honors Program:

Representative publications

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  • 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

Book reviews

  • 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.

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