Gary Marquardt

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Gary Marquardt
Associate Director of the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies
(269) 387-3964
1022 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5494
Mailing address: 
Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5494 USA
Office hours: 

Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
And by appointment

  • Ph.D., African History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • M.A., Social History, University at Albany, 1997
  • B.A., History and Africana Studies, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1994
Teaching interests: 
  • Introduction to African American and African Studies
  • Forms of Black Consciousness
  • African American History, Culture and Experience from 1866 to Present
  • Women Writers in Contemporary Black Literature 19th Century to Present
Research interests: 
  • Origins of colonial and post-colonial systems
  • Histories of medicine, disease and demographics in Africa
  • Inclusive pedagogy
Creative interests: 
  • Coffee educator (history, ethics and economies)
  • Consumer of conscious hip hop, jazz and a bit of soul music
  • Burgeoning amateur in many sports

Dr. Gary Marquardt, a first generation university graduate, is a faculty specialist for the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University. Prior to his arrival in Kalamazoo, he served as a full professor and chair of the Global Studies Program and History Department at Westminster College, a liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah, a part-time teacher at East High School, in the Salt Lake School District, and a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His past publications examine systemic and comparative forms of historical oppression in Africa that include the genocides in Namibia (1904) and Rwanda (1994) and the rinderpest epizootic in nineteenth century southern Africa. His current research project focuses on the challenges of creating a settler state in South African-occupied Namibia during the Apartheid era. He has taught extensively on African histories and the diaspora as well as courses ranging from introductory humanities to global migration histories to senior research thesis projects.

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