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Lovejoy, Henry Barrett

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Lovejoy’s research has focused on the history of Africa, the African Diaspora, Latin America, and the Atlantic World. He also has a special interest and expertise in Digital Humanities and is director of the Digital Slavery Research Lab. In 2018, he published a monograph, Prieto: Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions, with University of North Carolina Press. The book was co-winner of the Chief Isaac Oluwole Delano Best Book Prize for Yoruba Studies and a finalist for the Albert J. Raboteau Best Book Prize with the Journal of Africana Religions. He also sits on the board of directors of the Black America West Museum in Five Points, Denver.


  • Africa and the African diaspora to the Atlantic and Indian Ocean World


selected publications


courses taught

  • HIST 1218 - Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History to 1800
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2023
    Provides an introduction to African history, beginning with early man and ending in 1800. Moves rapidly through civilizations as different as Ancient Egypt, Mali, Oyo and the Cape Colony, touching on important developments and highlighting themes relevant to the history of Africa as a whole. Including migration, technology, environment, trade, gender, religion, slavery and more. Approved for GT-HI1.
  • HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    The second cornerstone course for history majors centers on the essential skills all historians use. Students will advance their reading, sourcing, and research techniques, hone critical, analytical, and synthetic skills, navigate scholarly discourse, and practice historical writing. As this simultaneously satisfies the College's upper-division writing requirement, all sections involve substantial, regular, and varied writing assignments as well as instruction in methods and the revision process. All topical variations of this course are limited to a maximum of 18 students in order to focus on supporting students as they learn to write - and think - like an historian. Topics will vary by section. Recommended for sophomores or juniors, HIST 3020 may be taken concurrently with, but not prior to, HIST 1800. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 4218 - Lost Kingdoms & Caliphates: West Africa to 1900
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2023
    Investigates the formation and dissolution of West Africa's kingdoms, caliphates and stateless societies during the era of the trans-Atlantic and trans-Saharan slave trades. Through a survey of oral and written sources, this course examines West Africa's geopolitical transformation in warfare, jihad, trade and slavery, especially in relation to the African Diaspora to the Americas and Muslim world.
  • HIST 4800 - Special Topics in Global History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2020
    Organized around themes that change yearly, this class allows students to study and research processes, phenomena, and events of global significance in historical context. Will stress historical subjects that span multiple geographic regions of the globe. Topics could include the global history of: the arms trade; slavery; health and disease; youth culture; women's rights; genocide, the environment, migration, economic trade, warfare exploration etc... May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • HIST 4830 - Human Trafficking in Global Perspective
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Surveys the global history of slavery, serfdom, chattel slavery, debt bondage, pawnship, domestic servants, bonded labor, child soldiers, forced marriage, sex trafficking, abolitionism, and meanings associated with 'freedom' from the ancient world to the modern day.
  • HIST 6790 - Readings in Digital History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Re-conceptualizes topics surrounding traditional theories, methods, and practices of writing history in the digital age. Topics revolve around collating big data, curating digital exhibits, copyright and image preparation for digital/print publications, website development/design, cartography, sustainability and preservation, among other themes. Lab work provides conceptual and technical recommendations required to conceive, launch, and preserve online digital history projects.


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