Social Sciences: Faculty

Dr. Jeremy Rich

Professor of History


African and world history, colonialism and Central African history (Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Dr. Jeremy Rich is a specialist in modern central African history.  He received his BA in history from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University.  As a graduate student, Dr. Rich received a Fulbright Institute of International Education grant that allowed him to conduct research in Gabon in 1999 and 2000.  He joined the Marywood faculty in 2011, and currently teaches courses on 20th century global history, historiography, and modern African history.   He hopes his courses provide some entertainment for his students as well as new information.  However, he declines to guarantee this will be true for every student.  Dr. Rich also is the advisor to the Marywood chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history.

He has written numerous articles as well as two books:  A Workman is Worthy of His Meat: Food and Colonization in the Gabon Estuary (University of Nebraska Press, 2007) and Missing Links: The African and American Worlds of R.L. Garner, Primate Collector (University of Georgia Press, 2012).   His current research focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo from independence in 1960 to 1990.  In particular, Dr. Rich is investigating the challenges of humanitarian aid in the DRC as well as changes in Protestant churches from missionary to
African leadership after independence.


Global History of the Twentieth Century (HIST 101)
Seminars in History (HIST 460A & HIST 460B)
Contemporaryh History of Africa (HIST 443)

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