Abou B. Bamba

Abou B. Bamba teaches Africa-related courses in the Africana Studies (AFS) program and the History Department. In AFS, he regularly teaches the Introduction to African Studies; a course on the representation of Africa in historical discourse and fiction; and an advanced course on Aid and Volunteering in Africa. In the History Department, he also offers an introductory course in world history regarding the "long 19th century;" survey courses in African History and Society (before and after 1880); and advanced courses in African Environmental History (1800 to present day), France & Africa in Global Context, and Decolonization in Africa in the Twentieth Century. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Abou Bamba was early on fascinated by foreign cultures. This interest initially led him to concentrate on the study of foreign languages (English and Spanish) in college. Subsequently, he earned a Master's degree in American Studies from Université d’Abidjan-Cocody, a certificate in G.I.S., and a PhD in History, both from Georgia State University.


  • “Conspicuous, Yet Invisible: Whiteness, Migration, and the French Residents of Ivory Coast, 1950-1985.” Journal of Modern European History 13, 4 (2015): 549-565.
  • “An Unconventional Challenge to Apartheid: The Ivorian Dialogue Diplomacy with South Africa, 1960-1978.” International Journal of African Historical Studies 47, 1 (2014): 77-99.
  • “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
Associate 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