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Sean Hanretta

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Global History; Modern European History: France and Global Francophonie; African History

Thematic Field(s):  Religious History; Gender and Sexuality History; African Diaspora and African American History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Africa, Religion, Intellectual and Cultural, Gender, Colonialism


Sean Hanretta (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003), is Associate Professor of History and focuses on the intellectual, cultural and religious history of modern West Africa. He is currently working on a long-term project on the history of Muslim weddings and funerals in Ghana and on the history of higher education in the wider region. He is particularly interested in the theory of historical evidence and in non-documentary forms of historical sources.


Teaching Interests

  • Professor Hanretta accepts graduate students working in fields related to African intellectual history, cultural history, and gender history, and the history of Islam in Africa. 
  • His undergraduate teaching includes courses on Africa from 1885 to 1994, the global history of death and dying, African history through literature and film, Islam in African history, and the Cold War in Africa.