Gary Marquardt

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Gary Marquardt
Associate Director for African American and African Studies and Faculty Specialist II
(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 II in the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies and the History Department at Western Michigan University. Gary also serves as the Associate Director for African American and African Studies. Throughout his career, he has taught dozens of courses and advised many research projects related to Africa and its diaspora at the secondary and post-secondary level, from general introduction classes to rebellions/revolutions in the Afro-Atlantic world, and beyond. His recent research examines systemic and comparative forms of historical oppression in Africa; such topics include the genocides in Namibia (1904) and Rwanda (1994), the rinderpest epizootic in nineteenth century southern Africa, the challenges of creating a settler state in South African-occupied Namibia during the Apartheid era, and the histories of coffee production and consumption.

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