Department of History

African History

Africa is the birthplace of humanity and the most culturally diverse continent on the globe. African history explores the broad range of civilizations across the continent from the earliest human societies to modern nation-states.

Africans’ interactions with the Islamic world, Europe, and the Americas have dramatically shaped the histories of those regions as well as developments within Africa itself.  Pitt historians studying Africa are especially attentive to connections across subregions and to the dynamism of African societies' political and social histories.


John Stoner
Senior Lecturer
Amir Syed
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mari Webel
Assistant Professor