Robert Harms

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Henry J. Heinz Professor of History & African Studies
Office: 
HGS 2676
Phone: 
203-432-0559
Fields of interest: 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Bio: 

Robert Harms, who received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, is the author of River of Wealth, River of Sorrow: The Central Zaire Basin in the Era of the Slave and Ivory Trade (1981), Games Against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa (1988/1999), and The Diligent: Worlds of the Slave Trade (2001). His graduate courses include reading seminars on African environmental history and African agrarian history, and a research seminar on African History.

Professor Harms’ celebrated book, The Diligent: Worlds of the Slave Trade, is based on the extraordinary journal of French lieutenant Robert Durand who participated in the slave trade. Click here to watch a short TV news report about Professor Harms’ research. Then look at the sample entry from Lieutenant Durand’s journal below, which is located in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.


Geography: 
Africa