Andrew Zimmerman

Andrew Zimmerman

Professor of History and International Affairs
Phillips Hall 304
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-0257
[email protected]

Andrew Zimmerman is an award-winning teacher whose research focuses on modern Germany, the United States, and West Africa. He is working on a project tentatively titled "Conjuring Freedom: A Global History of the American Civil War." Many of his publications can be found here. (Complete CV)


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. 1998.


Editor, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Civil War in the United States (International Publishers, 2016).

“From the Rhine to the Mississippi: Property, Democracy, and Socialism in the American Civil War.” Journal of the Civil War Era 5 (2015): 3-37.

“Cotton Booms, Cotton Busts, and the Civil War in West Africa,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10 (2011): 454-463.

“Primitive Art, Primitive Accumulation, and the Origin of the Work of Art in German New Guinea,” History of the Present 1 (2011): 5-30.

“Three Logics of Race: Theory and Exception in the Transnational History of Empire,” New Global Studies 4 (2010), issue 1, article 6.

Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial GermanyChicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

“‘What do you really want in German East Africa, Herr Professor?’ Counterinsurgency and the Science Effect in Colonial Tanzania.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 48 (2006): 419-461.

“Decolonizing Weber.” Postcolonial Studies 9 (2006): 53-79.

“A German Alabama in Africa: The Tuskegee Expedition to German Togo and the Transnational Origins of West African Cotton Growers.” American Historical Review 110 (2005): 1362-1398.

"Anti-Semitism as Skill: Rudolf Virchow’s Schulstatistik and the Racial Composition of Germany.” Central European History 32 (1999): 409-429.

Classes Taught

Hist 1121: The War of Ideas in European and International History, 1750–Present
Hist 6005: History and Historians
Hist 6006: Teaching History