Gary Wilder

(PhD, Chicago, 1999; Assoc Prof) French empire, colonial state, hist anth, soc/pol theory; W Africa, Antilles, Eur (

Dr. Gary Wilder joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in the Fall 2009. He has a joint degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Chicago and works on the French empire, colonial states, historical anthropology and social/political theory, with a focus on western Africa, the Antilles, and Europe. He is the author of The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2005) which traces empire-wide networks of science, administration, public opinion, and literature that linked colonial reformers in French West Africa to a black public sphere in Paris.

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