Robert Harms

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Henry J. Heinz Professor of History & African Studies
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Fields of interest: 

Sub-Saharan Africa


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.