African History through the lens of Economics

African History through the Lens of Economics

In collaboration with historians, political scientists, and anthropologists, we designed an open-access, interdisciplinary lecture series to study the impact of Africa’s history on contemporary development. 

This course will cover recent contributions in economic history that, using geospatial data from anthropological maps, colonial archives and secondary sources, will explore current economic and development challenges by drawing parallels between the past and present. 

10 main lectures + 10 special and plenary sessions covering major aspects of African history every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am ET / 3pm GMT for 10 weeks starting on 1st February. Main Teaching Faculty include: Elias Papaioannou (London Business School)Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University), and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University)

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  1. Abdul Hafis


    In preparation towards this exciting course, what are recommended books by scholars for pre-class reading to aid us in understanding the course.

    • Wheeler Institute


      Hi Abdul, thank you for your question. Please find the course schedule and pre-readings on our course website: The readings have been selected to give you a historical background and introduction to the research which will be discussed in the lectures. Most of the papers can be accessed online.

  2. Adeyemo Sodipo


    Best class ever. I have learned so much from the classes. I have to decompress for at the least two hours after each class. I highly recommend it and it should be an elective for government officials in Africa!!

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