Dr. M. Ousmane Traoré

Ousmane_TraoreOffice Hours

Mondays: 3:00-5:00pm
Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

Spring 2014 Class Schedule

HI120 Global History (I); 11:20-12:50PM, M,W  MH8

HI242 Modern African History(I); 2:40-4:10PM, T,R  MH7

HI347 Global Cities (I); 11:20-12:50PM, T,R CAMH 231


My education includes degrees and certificates in History, Egyptology, and Art history.  In 2009, I received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Paris-Sorbonne-Paris, France with a dissertation on the “Maneuvering Space and Decision-Making of African Rulers in Trans-Atlantic Relations in the 18th Century in the Era of Senegambia, 1715-1848.”Selected publications include “State Control and Regulation of Commerce on the Waterways and Coast of Senegambia, c. 1500-1800,” Navigating African Maritime History, International Journal of Maritime History, Memorial University of Newfoundland Press, num. 46, December, 2009, “Noble and Slave Views of the Past in Senegal’s Futa Toro,” Bitter Legacy: African Slavery Past and Present, Markus Wiener Publisher Princeton, 2013.

My books, currently in progress, deal with the trans-Atlantic and trans-Saharan worlds of slavery:

-Lat-Sukaabé Faal, Andre Brue et NGooné Jeey: Femme, Diplomatie et Traite négrière.

- La Traite Atlantique en Sénégambie: Espaces de Diplomatie et Lieux de Négociations, 1694-1720

B.A. 1998 University Cheikh Ant Diop, Dakar, Senegal

M.A. 1999 – 2001 Universities of Charles De Gaulle and Lille III, Lille, France

Ph.D. 2009      Sorbonne University, Paris, France


My classes are focused on Global History: Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective, Learning Community/Reflective Tutorial: Global Materials and Traditions, History of Modern Africa, Global Cities, and Islam From Historical Perspective. All of my classes seek primarily to historicize empire and nation during from a global perspective. My Global History course examines the rise of early modern empires in Eurasia, Europe, North Africa, and West Africa from fourteenth century to the nineteenth centuries. The course on History of Modern Africa allows students to learn more about history of Africa from its Antiquity to the modern days. It covers the Egyptian pre-dynastic and dynastic periods and bridge a gap between the history of the Sahara Desert, the Nile Valley, Nubia, and the inner interior of Africa. This foundation as a broad introduction to a general survey of African history aims at scrutinizing the long process of nation, state, and empire building as it took place in Ancient Egypt and widespread toward the continent’s core regions mainly West Africa and the West African States and Societies of the Forest, East Africa, and Southeast Africa.


The Atlantic slave trade is my area of focus. My research shows that diplomacy and negotiation were at the core of the relations between Europeans and Senegambian states from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The multidimensional relation of these ethnic states to the Atlantic economy in Senegambia offers a different perspective on the slave trade and provides a framework for a new scientific discipline concerned with the history of processes of diplomacy and militarization in Africa. I am also investigating the fighting against slavery and the slave trade in the northern part of Senegal during the eighteenth century. Based on surveys and interviews, I am interested in thinking about how to access the voices of African slaves, those enslaved, the slavers, the slave-users, and those who left behind. My research is grounded on Senegalese, French, and British National Archives and on oral tradition. I analyze village traditions recorded in collective memory via folklore, tales, popular songs, proverbs, court documents from both colonial and Islamic courts, petitions to colonial authorities, and personal correspondence.