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Colleen Kriger

Dr. Colleen Kriger

Contact Information

Email: c_kriger@uncg.edu
Office: 2107 MHRA
Office Phone: 336-334-5205


Ph.D., York University, Toronto, 1992
M.A., York University, Toronto, 1985

Teaching Experience

Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006-
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1999-2006
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1993-99

Research Areas

History of west and central Africa; precolonial Africa; social and cultural history; artisans; commodity currencies and trade; Atlantic world; material culture

Current Projects

  • Forthcoming in November 2017: Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast, Africa in World History Series, Ohio University Press. The book is a social and economic micro-history of Atlantic trade on the Upper Guinea Coast in the late seventeenth century.
  • "From Child Slave to Madam Esperance: One Woman's Career in the Anglo-African World, c. 1675-1707" presented for the conference "Atlantic Encounters and Female Initiatives: Women in Coastal West and West Central Africa, 1500-1880" at the University of Notre Dame's Dublin campus (Ireland), March 2017.
  • West African Textiles and Atlantic Trade:
    Interwoven Globe Symposium flyer
    Interwoven Globe Symposium Video Presentation

Courses Taught

  • HIS 203: History of Africa to 1870 - Early African empires, the spread of Islam, European exploration, the Atlantic slave trade and its effects, slavery in Africa, white settlement in South Africa.
  • HIS 204: History of Africa since 1870 - Colonial partition, missionaries, wars of resistance, styles of colonial rule, development and underdevelopment, independence movements and de-colonization, neo-colonialism, capitalism and socialism, civil wars, apartheid in South Africa.
  • HIS 389: West Africa During the Atlantic Slave Trade - Examines how trade between European and African countries developed into a trans-Atlantic slave trade. Focus on origins of Slaves and effects of slave trade on Africa, ca. 1450-1850.
  • HIS 568: Images of Africa in Film - African History and Cultures through Film (cross-listed with LLC 568 and team-taught with Prof. Cybelle McFadden).
  • HIS 581: African History: Selected Topics (examples: Oral Traditions and Oral History; Perspectives on the Rwandan Genocide) - Varying topics in African history including Central African Kingdoms, Pre-colonial West African Kingdoms, "Stateless" Societies of Africa.
  • HIS 715: Atlantic World Selected Topics - Africa in Atlantic History

Recent Publications

  • "'Our Indico Designe': Planting and Processing Indigo for Export, Upper Guinea Coast, 1684-1702" in Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, and Silke Strickrodt (eds). Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa, James Currey Press (UK), 2013:98-115. (Refereed)
  • "The Importance of Mande Textiles in the African Side of the Atlantic Slave Trade, ca. 1680-1710"Mande Studies 11 (2009, publ. 2011):1-21. (Refereed)
  • "Silk and Sartorial Politics in the Sokoto Caliphate, 1804 - 1903" in Beverly Lemire (ed.), The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society: Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Modern Times, Ashgate Publishing (UK), 2010:143-163. (Refereed)
  • "'Guinea Cloth': Production and Consumption of Cotton Textiles in West Africa, before and during the Atlantic Slave Trade" in Giorgio Riello and Prasannan Parthasarathi (eds), The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850, Oxford University Press, 2009:105-126. (Refereed)
  • Cloth in West African History, African Archaeology Series, AltaMira Press. 240 pp. (July 2006)
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Awards and Honors

  • 2014-15 National Humanities Center, Hurford Family Fellowship
  • 2013-2014 Chancellor's Resident Fellow, Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG
  • 2005-2006 UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award winner for UNCG
  • Research grants and other awards listed on Vitae.

Links of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

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