Matt Swagler is a historian of West and Central Africa, focusing on decolonization and popular politics in Senegal and Congo-Brazzaville. In his teaching and scholarship, he also explores histories of childhood, Pan-Africanism, gender and sexuality in Africa, and Africa within the global economy.
His current book manuscript is entitled Decolonization’s Discontents: Youth Radicalism in Francophone Africa, 1958-1974. This work shows how autonomous youth organizations in Senegal and Congo-Brazzaville rejected the terms of independence from French rule and mobilized young men and women around a more extensive vision of decolonization. By highlighting the words and actions of former African activists, the book offers new perspectives on the history of the 1960s, and inspired a course for Fall 2020 on the global protest movements of 1968-69.
Book (in preparation)
Decolonization’s Discontents: Youth Radicalism in Francophone Africa, 1958-1974.
“The Russian Revolution and Pan-African Marxism.” Review of African Political Economy, vol. 45, issue 158 (2018): 620-628.
“Autonomous Youth Organizations’ Conquest of Political Power in Congo-Brazzaville, 1963-1968,” with Héloïse Kiriakou. In Etudiants africains en mouvement: contribution à une histoire des années 68, edited by Françoise Blum, Pierre Guidi and Ophélie Rillon, 57-76. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2016.