Matthew Swagler

Matt Swagler

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Hollander Hall Rm 356

Spring 2020 Class Hours

All classes being taught online.

Spring 2020 Office Hours

No meetings on campus.


B.A. Brown University (2002)
M.Phil. Columbia University (2012)
Ph.D. Columbia University, History (2017)

Areas of Expertise

Francophone West and Central Africa; Decolonization and Post-Colonial African Politics; African Marxisms; Gender and Sexuality in African History

Scholarship/Creative Work

Books (in preparation): 

Decolonization’s Discontents: Youth Radicalism in Francophone Africa, 1958-1974. 

Recent Articles: 

“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.

Did the Russian Revolution Matter in Africa?” (Part I) Review of African Political Economy Blog, 30 August 2017. (Parts II and III forthcoming.)

Professional Affiliations

African Studies Association; American Historical Association; Central African Studies Association; Association of Concerned Africa Scholars