Abou B. Bamba

Abou Bamba teaches Africa-related courses in AFS, including the Introduction to African Studies and a course on Aid and Volunteering in Africa. Similarly, he offers courses in African History and Society (before and after 1880), African Environmental History (1800 to present day), Europe-Africa-Asia Interactions (1750-1900), and Decolonization in Africa in the Twentieth Century. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Abou Bamba was early on fascinated by foreign cultures. This interest led him to concentrate on the study of foreign languages (i.e., English and Spanish) in college. Subsequently, he earned a Masters degree in American Studies from Université d’Abidjan-Cocody, a certificate in G.I.S., and a PhD in History from Georgia State University.


  • “Transnationalising Decolonisation: The Print Media, American Public Spheres, and France’s Imperial Exit in West Africa,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 11, 4 (Fall 2013): 327-49.

  • “At the Edge of the Modern? Diplomacy, Public Relations, and Media Practices during Houphouët-Boigny’s 1962 Visit to the U.S.,” Diplomacy & Statecraft 22, 2 (Summer 2011): 219-238.

  • “Mémoires épistémiques et pouvoir d’experts dans une postcolonie africaine: Le cas de l’usage des savoirs africanistes par l’ORSTOM en Côte d’Ivoire,” Revue Canadienne d’Etudes Africaines/Canadian Journal of African Studies 44, 1 (Summer 2010):1-34.

  • “Rebirth of a Strategic Continent? Problematizing Africa as a Geostrategic Zone,” African Geographical Review 29, 1 (June 2010): 91-100.

  • “Triangulating a Modernization Experiment: The United States, France, and the Making of the Kossou Dam in Central Ivory Coast,” Journal of Modern European History 8, 1 (April 2010): 66-84.

  • “Qu'est-ce que la postcolonie? Contribution à un débat francophone trop afrocentré,” Revue Africaine des Livres/Africa Review of Books 2, 1 (March 2006): 16-17.


  • Abou B. Bamba

    Abou B. Bamba
    Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

    Email: abamba@gettysburg.edu
    Phone: (717) 337 - 6566

    Box: Campus Box 0401

    Address: Weidensall Hall
    Room 215
    300 North Washington St.
    Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

    PhD Georgia State University, 2008
    MA Universite d'Abidjan-Cocody, 1996
    BA Universite d'Abidjan-Cocody, 1995

    Sample of Prof. Bamba's Scholarly Work