Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies


Education Degrees

06.11.02 Ph.D., Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, Amsterdam University. Thesis title: 'That Desert is Our Country' - Tuareg Rebellions and Competing Nationalisms in Contemporary Mali (1946-1996). Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bonno Thoden van Velzen. Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Robert Ross.
21.08.95 M.A., African history, Leiden University. Thesis title: Politieke eenheid en verdeeldheid in de postkoloniale geschiedenis van de Toeareg in Mali (1957-1994). First reader: Dr. Robert Ross. Second reader: Prof. Dr. Robert Buijtenhuijs.


Work Experience

since 01.10.14

Professor of African History, Department of African Sciences

01.10.12-30.09.14 Senior Lecturer (ZAP II) in African History, Department of History, Ghent University.

Lecturer (ZAP I) in African History, Department of History, Ghent University.


Research Fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, within the project Translocality in the Sahel and Sahara, funded by Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (DFG).

01.10.03-01.02.04 Lecturer (UD) in African History, Department of African Languages and Cultures, Leiden University.


Related Professional Activities

since 2017 Member Editorial Board of L’Ouest Saharien
since 2016 Member Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of African History
since 2014 Coordinator AEGIS CRG African History: European Network for African History



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