James De Lorenzi

James De Lorenzi

Associate Professor
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PhD 2008   University of Pennsylvania
AM 2003     University of Pennsylvania
BA 2000       University of Texas at Austin
1995-1997    Austin Community College


I am a broadly trained historian of modern imperialism with a focus on the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region, an arena of intersecting cultural, economic, and religious frontiers.  My new book, Guardians of the Tradition: Historians and Historical Writing in Ethiopia and Eritrea (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2015), explores how local intellectuals used vernacular historiography and travel writing to understand modernity and its challenges.  You can read review excerpts here, and you can purchase it at a reduced price here.  My current research examines the influence and politics of colonial expertise at the League of Nations and United Nations.  More generally, I am interested in microhistory, historical theory, and the intersecting histories of orientalism, anthropology, and area studies. 

Here at CUNY John Jay, I teach the global history surveys, "Imperialism in Africa and Asia," "Colonial Justice," "Historiography," "Historical Research Methods," and the history senior thesis.  I am also the Major Advisor, so come see me about your courses, internship ideas, and post-graduation plans.  My office hours change each semester, but you can always find them listed on the bulletin board in the History Department lobby.

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Imperialism, Horn of Africa/Red Sea, Historiography

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