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

AFST 320 Ecological History of Africa
Cross-listed with HIST 373-01.

AFST 320 African Women's History
Cross-listed with HIST 374-01 and WGST 374-01.

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

HIST 374 African Women's History
Cross-listed with AFST 320-03 and WGST 374-01.

WGST 374 African Women's History
Cross-listed with AFST 320-03 and HIST 374-01.

HIST 404 Nationalism
An examination of the historiography of a major topic, culminating in a substantial research paper based in significant part on the interpretation of primary sources. Prerequisite: 204 and 304 (or its equivalent), or permission of instructor.