Faculty Profile

Jeremy Ball

Associate Professor of History (2005), Department Chair

Contact Information

ballj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 19
717.245.2548191
http://users.dickinson.edu/~ballj/index.html

Bio

He teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights. His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portuguese colonialism, and oral history.

Education

  • B.A., Boston College, 1994
  • M.A., Yale University, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

AFST 220 African History since 1800
Cross-listed with HIST 271-01.In this course we will study the political, social, economic and ecological forces that have shaped African societies since 1800. We will examine in depth the Asante kingdom in West Africa, the Kongo kingdom in Central Africa, and the Zulu kingdom in Southern Africa. European's colonization of Africa and Africans' responses will be a major focus of the course.

HIST 271 African History since 1800
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01.

HIST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2015

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

AFST 320 Ecological History of Africa
Cross-listed with HIST 373-01.This course provides an introduction to the ecological history of Africa. We will focus in some detail on demography, the domestication of crops and animals, climate, the spread of New World crops (maize, cassava, cocoa), and disease environments from the earliest times to the present. Central to our study will be the idea that Africa's landscapes are the product of human action. Therefore, we will examine case studies of how people have interacted with their environments. African ecology has long been affected indirectly by decisions made at a global scale. Thus we will explore Africa's engagement with imperialism and colonization and the global economy in the twentieth century. The course ends with an examination of contemporary tensions between conservation and economic development.

HIST 373 Ecological History of Africa
Cross-listed with AFST 320-02.

HIST 404 Nationalism
What is nationalism? Is there something innate about the nation, or is it an idea constructed by politicians? What is the role of culture? And what about the rise of the subnational-the claims of local, regional, and ethnic minorities? This seminar will examine theory and case studies, including the French, Palestinian, and Zulu examples, to reach a conclusion.