Michael West

Michael West

Professor of African American Studies, History, and African Studies

341 Willard Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-6873

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays 3:30–4:30 P.M.
  • Thursdays 12–1 P.M.


Professor West has a BA in Political Science from Lake Forest College and a PhD in History from Harvard University.

West is the author of The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965 (Indiana University Press) and scores of journal articles and book chapters on diverse topics centered on global Africa, as well as coeditor of Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa (University of Illinois Press) and From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International Since the Age of Revolution (University of North Carolina Press).

His current research centers on Black Power in the long 1960s in international perspective, including a book manuscript entitled Kwame Nkrumah and Global Black Power Movement.